The Ministry of Tourism is set to introduce new initiatives as part of its mission to boost the tourism sector.

Minister for Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives Hon. Denise Charles says, the Discover Dominica Authority is preparing to launch two new campaigns, while seeking new air access opportunities for the island.

“I wish to inform that Discover Dominica Authority is preparing to launch an exciting new campaign, ‘My Dominica Bucket List’ and the ‘Nature Island’s Fitness Challenge.’ We continue to look for new air access opportunities which facilitate direct or one stop routes to Dominica. And we share in the progress of our fellow island nations as they are able to progress from high risk classification to low risk meaning no quarantine. Our two critical hubs for access to major source markets, Antigua and Barbados have been able to do so in recent times and we applaud their efforts in that regard,” Hon. Charles stated.

The Minister announced new travel routes to Dominica as more airlines resume flight, as well as new protocols for yachters to Dominican shores.

“Caribbean Airlines ha recently announced direct flights from Trinidad to Dominica and resumption of the Dominica, Barbados New York route from July 17. Our protocols were also revised for yachters. Once vaccinated they can enjoy the Safe In Nature experience and once medically cleared they can be granted coast wide permission to move freely and enjoy designated ports. Fully vaccinated sea farers can now wait only thirty minutes for antigen tests results and be medically cleared after only one day,” the Minister explained.

Due to Dominica’s exceptional management covid-19, the island has been recognized as one of the world’s safest travel destinations.

“Strict adherence to protocols have ensured us the World Travel and Tourism Council safe travel stamp, reinforcing Dominica’s health and safety protocols meet globally accepted standards. CDC categorization at Level 1 ratings, confirming Dominica as one of the destinations with the lowest risk for travelers. And of course recently we earned a well-deserved spot on the UK’s green list for quarantine free travel,” Hon. Charles noted.

Minister Charles called on Dominicans to get vaccinated as well as continue to follow all guidelines set by health authorities.

“My plea is that we all continue to encourage vaccination towards herd immunity. We hear of the emerging variants but science also shows that vaccines can significantly reduce the spread of the variants and stop them from mutating. These new protocols are by no means an indication that we should lapse. We have to continue to insist on the general protocols which have become p[art of us,” Minister Charles added.