Minister of Tourism, Robert Tonge, has revealed that focus on the blue print of the much-touted Tourism Master Plan will proceed in a couple of months, and can reflect the government’s vision of resilience.
“The overview of the Tourism Master and Policy Plan will undoubtedly be moving ahead within the next few months, to reflect the brand new realities, and the brand new vision of resilience, once we develop the required blue print to go our national tourism agenda on the next decade,” he stated, at the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association’s (DHTA) annual general meeting, wednesday on.
The Minister detailed the expected expenses from the many ministries adding to the improvement of natural sites over the island.
“Year this financial, the Ministry of Tourism is likely to spend more than $9-million on the many site improvement over the island,” Tonge said. “And, through the Ministry of Environment, yet another $2.8-million has been budgeted for the improvement of facilities and trails within the natural parks and eco-sites; and $2.4-million under urban renewal, to add the upgrade of the Botanical Gardens to its former glory back.”
Tonge also noted that better signage and amenities should be incorporated at natural and organic sites, and the known level and quality of information and guide services ought to be enhanced. This, aswell improvement in working out of tourism industry workers “to ensure we are able to render the best quality of service on a frequent basis,” he assured will inspire people to promote the island positively.
In the 2016/2017 National Budget, $8.5-million was allocated for marketing Dominica, to facilitate implementation of the much-touted Tourism Master Plan.
Meantime, Tonge challenged the DHTA and all tourism stakeholders to spotlight rebuilding the tourism industry with resilience at heart, due to the fact several businesses connected with tourism are concentrated in areas susceptible to natural disasters, such near coastlines, mountainous areas, rivers.
Resilience, Tonge explained, refers not merely to infrastructure, but encompasses the look and implementation of disaster risk management protocols also.
“The tourism and hotel sector must consider its rebuilding program, never to include structurally sound building applications just, but we should consider and make sure that we stick to proper building standards and codes, and examine more where we build and construct our tourism facilities carefully, including hotel properties,” he urged. “We have been looking for, as a matter of urgency, to implement disaster risk management protocols, including that tourism businesses will need to have disaster plans, and delegate responsibilities to your trained management and staff.”
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