DDA to Host Access Dominica Conference
Stakeholders from various sectors island-wide will all converge at the Fort Young Hotel, as Dominica prepares for an Access Conference starting from September 25th to 27th 2012.
This conference is the first of its kind in the Eastern Caribbean and will bring together key stakeholders and engage the support of Caribbean Carriers, to develop a holistic approach to improving intra-regional and international access to Dominica whilst enhancing the viability of the carriers.
Director of Tourism and Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of Discover Dominica Authority Mr. Colin Piper says, over the last year, work has been on-going on the development of an Access Strategy for Dominica which is much needed.
Mr. Piper added some of the regional players includes airport managers, and aircraft operators, where they will work towards using a strategy of smaller airlines to increase frequency rather than capacity.
This will then reduce the portal to portal time which is the time when one wakes up in their origin city to when one goes to sleep in Dominica.
The Tourism Director says they will also be looking at ways to market Dominica along with other Islands, such as Antigua and Barbados, in addition to developing ways on making Dominica attractive for airlines to make more flights.
Mr. Piper pointed out that if successful this will be a major pillar in the growth of the Tourism Industry of Dominica which needs to be tackled with a head and hands on approach.
This can only be done with discussions with the persons involved in the tourism business, which can let them know what will and what will not work, so they can go back to the drawing board to develop a comprehensive plan to be used to increase access to Dominica.
The conference will focus on areas of marketing and infrastructural development, access to Dominica and the critical role of third tier airlines and the importance of the financial institutions in the whole process.
It is hoped that the Access Conference will address the limitations faced by Dominica in its drive to increase year-round visitor arrivals to the island.