Tourism sector gets $5.3 million boost

first_imgLocalNews Tourism sector gets $5.3 million boost by: – March 26, 2013 5 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet Tourism Minister, Ian DouglasDominica will soon begin utilizing an allocation of $ 5.3 million from the European Union to help boost its tourism industry. That announcement came from Tourism Minister Ian Douglas during his address at the commencement of a three day national tourism consultation at the Fort Young Hotel on Monday, March 25th.Mr. Douglas told the consultation that the funds made available through the 10th EDF support budget program will be allocated to marketing. “It’s aimed at driving the increase in visitor arrivals, the tourism satellite account to accurately capture tourism contribution to the national economy, hospitality training and construction of community tourism facilities in Marigot, Capuchin, Laudat and Tan Tan,” the Tourism Minister revealed. He explained that the funds will be disbursed over a three-year period. The first tranche, which has already been disbursed, will be used to start up some of marketing projects in the current 2012/2013 financial year. Mr Douglas also made reference to several tourism projects being undertaken around the island which he said will help boost the industry. Meanwhile, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Claudia Bellot believes the 2022 master plan will serve as a very useful tool to update the tourism component of government’s growth and social protection strategy up to the year 2022.“However from all our analysis and studies the real growth of the industry over the last six years seems to have slowed somewhat and we believe that a creative and innovative strategy and approach is required to achieve the level of incremental growth which is desired by all, the Tourism Master Plan embraces the entire tourism sector,” Mrs Bellot said. According to Mrs Bellot, it is only with a strong public, private sector partnership that the success in the Tourism Master Plan will be evident.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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