Young People Complete Tourism and Hospitality Workshop

Students of the Dominica State College

Students of the Dominica State College

On Friday May 10th, Tourism and Hospitality students received certificates for their participation in a two day workshop.

The program inclusive of enterprises dealing with agriculture, agro tourism and building sustainable establishments in tourism was sponsored by The Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs and the Waitukubuli National Trail.

Mr. Henderson said despite the criticism of youth today, many of the persons recognized were young people.

President of the Dominica State College, Dr. Donald Peters says the objective is to make Tourism one of the primary majors of the DSC. He encourages students to stick to Tourism as a major so as to reap the many benefits it produces.

He added that tourism is not just about painting the streets and keeping it tidy but more about how you treat your visitors in order to attract repeat visits.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs, Mrs. Claudia Bellot, hopes that the Dominica State College is exposing them to the range of operations that take place in the Tourism Industry.

Mrs. Bellot noted, although financial crisis affected all sectors of the economy both internationally and regionally, tourism is the leading contributor to our economy.

Mrs. Claudia Bellot - Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs

Mrs. Claudia Bellot – Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs

With previous inputs of $2085.000000 e.c in 2011 and a slight drop of $2012.000000 e.c in 2012 there continues to be new investments as it refers to tourism in Dominica.

She says that by 2014 Dominica is expected to have 100 new hotel rooms.

The Permanent Secretary says she wants to see a stronger link between tourism and agriculture including a more integrated approach.

She believes that in the promoting the country’s eco-tourism we should implement elements of agriculture for a more enjoyable visit to the Island.

Mrs. Bellot concluded by saying, she hopes the students participate in Tourism Awareness Month activities, which highlights the importance of tourism to Dominica.

Receipients of certificates were: Kiana Alfred, Alera Christopher, Quamy David, Noressa Fontaine, Jael Mason, Janelle Menz, Josian Mingo, and Chidera Ukobi among others

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