Dominica: The small Caribbean island of Dominica introduced a new programme to boost the tourism sector of the country. The programme named “safe in nature” allows tourists to spend their quarantine period at a private government-certified facility.
Prime Minister Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit stated in his Anou Pale that the “Safe in Nature programmme” was developed to provide tourists with an option to escape to the nature island.
Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Tourism Dominica Ms.Lisa Valmond, while talking in the Prime Minister’s weekly programmme, said, “It is the managed tourism experience as property management manages all items on the itinerary.”
She stated the programme started with collective efforts of ministries of tourism and health with the Dominica Hotel Association, as well as the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce.
Ms. Lisa Valmond, stated that the core of this programme is the safe in nature certification & it ensures that all service providers implement protocols that keep tourists as well Dominicans safe and keep the visitors safe as well.
Furthermore, she stated that the programme starts right after the tourists arrive at the Douglas Charles Airport. She noted that after passing customs, immigration the travelers can sit in the “safe in nature” taxi and reach their accommodation. She also said that at the property, the traveler can enjoy several activities.
Additionally, she stated that the accommodation properties can be hotels, guest houses as long they are certified by the government.
Objectives of the safe in nature programmme :
Ms. Valmond stated that one of the overall objectives of this programmme is to stimulate tourism in Dominica while creating opportunities for stakeholders. She noted the main aim is to keep health and safety as the priority.
Another goal is to create the buffer from the government quarantine before nature, as earlier all visitors to have served the government quarantine, mentioned Ms. Valmond.