first_img Tweet Wotten Waven Community Tourism sulphur products.Community tourism stakeholders have been encouraged by government officials to develop this sector, noting its potential in assisting to contribute to the economy.The Dominica Community Tourism Association which is this year celebrating its first anniversary held its first mini trade show on Mero Beach on Saturday to highlight the benefits of community tourism.Several community tourism groups were afforded the opportunity to display art work, crafts, organic food items and plants.Parliamentary representative for the St. Joseph Constituency Kelvar Darroux highlighted the importance of community tourism, making particular mention of employment for young people.“Community tourism is very important in this country, simply because there are a number of communities which have their own unique styles, their own unique way of doing things and as a country we have to continue to promote community tourism, because through this initiative we can see the provision of employment for a number of our people, especially our young people and this I believe is a step in the right direction”.Darroux explained however that community tourism and community policing “must go hand in hand” as visitors “must feel safe” when they visit the island.Tourism Minister Ian Douglas who noted the island’s natural attributes and the pertinence of the mini trade show, urged the stakeholders that they should not “sit back and become complacent “.“It is not only creating employment in general and income in general for all our rural folk but it is also being able to provide world class service at a professional level and to international standards”.According to him, the government can do all in its power to maintain good roads as well as assist them with training and incentives however if they do not offer good service to the visitors, this will affect the sector.“If you do not give our visitors good service, value for money, if we do not make the experience; because that is what we are really selling, Dominica the experience, if we do not make that experience a one in a million experience, if we openly rob the tourist, or we quietly steal from them by overcharging them or under cutting, we ruin the destination and we undermine our our very livelihoods,” he warned. [nggallery id=186]Meanwhile Trade Minister Dr Colin McIntyre who represented Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit warned that his government would not tolerate any acts of violence against its citizens or visitors.“This Labour Party government wants to condemn all acts of violence against our people and our visitors we are not going to stand to that at all and our government we are critical about it, we don’t support it and we are against it….This is something serious and we have to stamp it out and we have to get together as a group to protect our visitors”.Dr. McIntyre made it clear that these people who threaten the lives of citizens and visitors will be dealt with as the government will not tolerate these acts of violence.“We do not want by the side type people, vagrants whatever you want to call them, guys who want to make it a point of duty of theirs to harass our visitors, we don’t stand for that at all and I want to make it clear that anyone found doing that will be dealt with accordingly, we are not going to tolerate that.”The Association also awarded several community tourism groups for their contribution towards the development of the sector.Dominica Vibes News Share Share 18 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Community tourism stakeholders encouraged to protect sector by: – May 29, 2012last_img read more