Roseau, Dominica: Arrivals by air in the 2021/22 Fiscal Year tripled over that of the previous Fiscal Year in Dominica. The country has also witnessed an increment in the arrivals of visitors with the resumption of the cruise and ferry services and the introduction of daily direct flights from Miami to Dominica by American Airlines.
Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit, in his 2022/23 budget address, outlined their projects for the tourism sector for the last year. He added, “Although the tourism sector was the hardest hit by the Covid 19 pandemic, we were not deterred. We strategized and reenergized the industry with innovative products. Our rebranding of the destination and progressive health protocols has contributed to an increase in total visitor arrivals.”
The early rebound of the sector is setting the pace for a promising outlook. The resumption of the cruise and ferry services and the introduction of daily direct flights from Miami to Dominica by American Airlines have also helped to increase visitor arrivals with a positive impact on other sectors of the economy.
PM Skerrit added that arrivals by air in the 2021/2022 Fiscal Year tripled over that of the previous Fiscal Year, and they have already surpassed pre-Covid 19 numbers in the US source market. This pattern of growth shows the strong appeal of “Destination Dominica” and demonstrates that this country is on an upward trajectory.
As part of the stated objective of the Government of Dominica to ensure that the international airport project will further accelerate the transformation to Dynamic Dominica, the country has been pursuing an aggressive route development programme in parallel with the airport development.
“We have been proactively reaching out and engaging in preliminary discussions with over 20 airlines operating in the Caribbean region, including well-known international carriers from North America and Europe,” said the prime minister.
13 Owing to successful talks with cruise lines, the Government was able to secure 215 cruise calls to Dominica in the last Fiscal Year, the highest number in the last five years. Eleven (11) cruise ships made their inaugural call to Dominica, and a total of 149,000 passengers went on tours. This has marked the revival of the cruise sector post-COVID-19.
He added that such milestones signify the resilience of our tourism industry, even when faced with the most severe effects of external shocks, extreme weather events and health emergencies.