Dominica to Benefit From Increased Cruise Arrivals for 2013-2014 Season
Although Dominica experienced a decline in cruise ship arrivals for the 2012-2013 cruise season, the country is expected to benefit from an increase for the 2013-2014 cruise ship season according to a top tourism official.
This is according to Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of the Dominica Air and Seaport Authority (DASPA), who is also the Chairman of the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA), Mr. Benoit Bardouille.
In terms of passengers in 2013 he said, the Carnival Cooperation owned vessels will move 165,402 passengers as compared to the current season of 97,826 passengers, an increase of 97.4 percent or 67,576 more passengers.
Mr. Bardouille noted P&O Cruises moved to nine calls this year; however they will increase to 21 calls in the new season which is significant for Dominica.
He said following discussions the cruise lines indicated that Dominica is forward in terms of its approach and the way business is conducted.
It is projected that there will be a 39.2 percent growth, or 86,445 additional cruise passengers visiting Dominica for the next cruise season as compared to the present season.
The Chairman of DDA noted a total of 207 cruise calls are expected for the 2013-2014 cruise season, an increase of 50 additional cruise calls or 31.8 percent increase as compared to 157 this season.
He said this could not have been accomplished without a lot of hard work and dedication to the Tourism Industry.
This increase in cruise ship arrivals will be very lucrative for Dominica especially all involved in the tourism industry.