August 27th 2020– The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association has joined in the efforts, along with the DAIC, to have a travel advisory, issued by the US embassy in Barbados, to be updated. The Advisory asks US citizens to “reconsider travel” and cites concerns over health and safety measures related to COVID-19, and urges caution due to civil unrest. It is the view of the DHTA that the advisory is outdated and does not reflect the true state of affairs in Dominica. It fails to take into account the successful containment of the spread of the Coronavirus mainly due to the efforts of a well-coordinated Primary Health Care system.
Through the foresight of the Government and diligence of private sector stakeholders, specific travel protocols have been developed and launched. Tourism authorities have also certified several accommodations as well as taxi operators and other tourism service providers. Service providers have gone through rigorous training and are strictly adhering to guidelines that promote clean and safe service delivery.
The Association believes that the work done to contain the virus in Dominica should be acknowledged and touted as an example of good practice. If the advisory remains in effect it will continue to have an adverse effect on our tourism economy and the livelihoods that are dependent on it.
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