Budget: Dominica set ambitious target to increase stayover visitor arrivals to 500,000 by 2023

Dominica has set an ambitious target to increase stayover visitor arrival to 500,000 by 2030. During the budget address, Finance Minister Dr Irving McIntyre said that the government plans to build on this momentum to increase awareness of the destination.

Budget: Dominica set ambitious target to increase stayover visitor arrivals to 500,000 by 2023
Budget: Dominica set ambitious target to increase stayover visitor arrivals to 500,000 by 2023

Roseau, Dominica: Dominica has set an ambitious target to increase stayover visitor arrival to 500,000 by 2030. During the budget address, Finance Minister Dr Irving McIntyre said that the government plans to build on this momentum to increase awareness of the destination.

He said that the government is making efforts for the visitors to arrive at the shores of Dominica. They are set to expand the tourism sector to increase stayover visitors, increase visitor spend, increase employment and resilient livelihoods.

Destination Dominica continues to receive numerous accolades. The country was recently named the number one Caribbean destination by Travel + Leisure, of the top destinations by Forbes and Lonely Planet, and one of the World’s Greatest Places by TIME magazine.

 In addition, they were highlighted in the 2023 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, showcasing our beautiful black volcanic sand beaches. These accolades affirm the appeal of their destination, elevating their global image and driving economic growth.

Finance Minister Dr McIntyre said that the road to 500,000 visitors requires strong investments in tourism. In Fiscal Year 2023/24, Dominica will embark on several strategic initiatives that will boost visitor arrivals, transform its tourism infrastructure, and create sustainable employment opportunities for its citizens.

The focal points of the country for the tourism sector for this year will be as follows:

Marketing: Government will continue to implement initiatives to ensure that our targeted visitors are aware of all we have to offer.

Access: Dominica continues to make investments to improve and expand their current air access capabilities making it easier for more visitors to visit while the international airport is being constructed. They will also continue to develop strategic relationships with key partners who can help them improve access and fully utilize their expanding capabilities.

Visitor Experience: Once visitors arrive here, Dominica needs to ensure that they can deliver the experience that they desire—one that is uniquely Dominican. To do this, they need to ensure that their people on the front of the industry are properly trained and able to deliver on their promise.

Product Development: Dominica needs to maintain and develop the many attractions and activities that Dominica offers to visitors. They have many natural attractions, but they need to ensure that they make them easily accessible and safe for their visitors to enjoy.

Finance Minister Dr McIntyre outlined that despite the significant global challenges from 2020 to 2022, the Tourism sector has shown strong recovery, evidenced by estimated growth of 85.9 percent of GDP in 2022 and further growth of 13 percent is projected for 2023.

Importantly, there has been notable year-on-year growth in stayover arrivals, and they are on course to surpass their pre-COVID tourist arrivals by the end of this year.