ROSEAU, Dominica, Friday October 16, 2015 – “Dominica is open for business and ready to welcome visitors to its shores.”
So said Minister for Tourism and Urban Renewal Robert Tonge as he provided an update on the status of the tourism sector, following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erika in late August.
Air access to the destination has resumed with LIAT, Seaborne and WINAIR offering daily flights between Dominica, from Antigua, Barbados, San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and St. Croix. Flights operate from the main airport, Douglas Charles Airport, and the smaller Canefield Airport.
Road access has been greatly improved with the installation of three Bailey bridges along the west coast. Most roads are passable and access to the main sites and attractions is fairly simple.
More than 80 per cent of the island’s accommodation, including boutique hotels, intimate guest houses and quaint inns, are open to guests.
“We invite all potential guests to visit Dominica. Tourism is a leading growth sector for Dominica’s economy and your visit allows for a sustainable rebuilding and recovery process post Tropical Storm Erika. We are confident that you will have a transformational experience,” Dominica’s Director of Tourism Colin Piper said.
Tropical Storm Erika left significant damage to infrastructure across the island and caused the deaths of more than 30 people.