Dominica embarks on a post COVID recovery path – reopens for tourism

Dominica embarks on a post COVID recovery path - reopens for tourism
Dominica embarks on a post COVID recovery path - reopens for tourism

Unlike other viruses like SARS, Ebola, and H1N1, the coronavirus (COVID-19) became the world’s deadliest outbreak, accompanied by a systemic global healthcare crisis, financial crisis, and economic downturn known as the COVID-19 recession.

To contain the spread of COVID-19, governments worldwide took drastic measures such as shutting down entire countries or the most affected cities and prohibiting entry into their borders, causing a massive blow to the global tourism industry, particularly the travel and hospitality sector. Due to lockdowns, travel prohibitions, canceled bookings, and inadequate logistics, numerous tourism-dependent countries had to halt operations.

After over two years of dreadful impact on the economies of many countries, life is now resuming as the tourism and hospitality sectors are recovering.

The Commonwealth of Dominica is among the countries which are now entirely open to tourism. The government recently announced new changes to its COVID-19 protocols and restrictions.

Under the new protocols, the government announced the removal of six feet of social distance, public transport is now fully functional, all schools – daycares are allowed to operate, all bars are allowed to resume normal operations, nightclubs are allowed, and all other restrictions are removed but the mandatory wearing of masks remain in effect till May.

Dominica, which is also known as the ‘nature island’ of the Caribbean, is now fully welcoming cruises with thousands of tourists visiting the country. There is no pre-or post-arrival COVID-19 testing requirement for fully vaccinated travelers.

Cruise ship docked at the Roseau Bayfront, Dominica.
Cruise ship docked at the Roseau Bayfront, Dominica.

There may never be a better time to explore Dominica than now. With its 365 rivers, innumerable waterfalls, and boiling lake hiking trails, it is truly a paradise.

Dominica is one of the best diving destinations in the Caribbean and the globe. The country offers bird-watching, canyoning, trekking, whale-watching, and relaxation in natural hot springs are all available to visitors. It has a wide array of eco-hotels ranging from boutique hillside hotels like Jungle Bay Resort, Fort Young – which is situated in the heart of Dominica’s capital Roseau, the Secret Bay, the newly constructed Cabrits Resort Kempinski, the Anichi Resort and Spa, and many others which additionally complements the beauty of the country.

Micha Emmett CEO of CS Global Partners.
Micha Emmett CEO of CS Global Partners.

Micha Emmett CEO of CS Global Partners also stated that the Caribbean island of Dominica is becoming popular destination for eco-conscious travelers because it offers a luxury experience.

“Dominica is quickly becoming a popular destination for eco-conscious travelers, particularly those that may want to have a luxury experience but not at the cost of the environment. As the country moves towards complete climate resilience, visitors can be safe knowing that their trip helps preserve and boost the local environment,” said Micha Emmett.

Dominica has created a market for sustainable and eco-tourism. It offers unique traits when compared to other Caribbean destinations. It isn’t solely concerned with attracting tourist revenue. It has a tenacious and admirable sense of self-identity. The people place a high value on their natural and cultural resources. They also work extremely hard as communities to ensure that the island has a strong ethos of responsible tourism.

Dominica’s model of responsible tourism continues to shine brightly in the Caribbean and around the world. The Ministry of Tourism supports sustainable tourism growth to protect and promote Dominica as a nation that prides itself on its natural resources.

Bringing greater mobility for nature lovers, Dominica is now constructing its new international airport, making the country more easily accessible with long-haul flights from Europe, the UK, and the US, among many regions landing at the airport.

American Airlines has already started direct flights from Miami to Dominica. The first flight with 72 passengers on board landed at the Douglas-Charles airport on December 8 2021. As per reports, the flight was fully-sold out, displaying excitement for the island.

Due to high demand, the twice-weekly, year-round service was expanded to three times a week from January 10, 2022, and now it is expected to be a regular service soon.

The new airport will be life-changing for Dominica and its people, giving both job opportunities and a boost in tourism. Visitors from all around the world will now have even more opportunities to see the Caribbean’s best-kept secret.

Boiling lake, Dominica
Boiling lake, Dominica

The tempting clouds of steam coming from the world’s second-largest boiling lake is fabulous act of nature that attracts many hiking enthusiasts. Dominica’s Boiling Lake is 200 feet across and 35 feet deep and is constantly at boiling point. Only the whirlpool in the middle is truly boiling, but the water around the coasts reaches 160–190 degrees Fahrenheit, and the volcanic gases that bubble in the water give the impression that it is constantly boiling. For a moment, I’ll get scientific and tell you that the lake is located above a fumarole (a break in the earth’s crust) that emits gases and heats the water.