Electricity has returned, homes have been rebuilt and main sights like Trafalgar Falls and the Emerald Pool have been formally declared open. Now, the subsequent step in Dominica’s restoration efforts post-Hurricane Maria includes vacationers.
“Dominica isn’t open, it’s opening. We’re not rebuilt, we are rebuilding,” stated CEO of the Discover Dominica Authority, Colin Piper. “If meaningful travel is something that resonates with you, consider coming to Dominica.” Aside from monetary and emotional assist from different Caribbean nations and Dominicans residing overseas, the nation has benefited from its “voluntourism” packages.
The program invitations travellers to help within the cleanup of websites such because the Indian River, the Waitukubuli National Trail and numerous dive websites. Packages are being provided by the Tamarind Tree Hotel, Fort Young Hotel, Secret Bay, Cobra Tours, Cool Breeze Tours and Cabrits Dive. “Happy to say we have gotten a lot of interest from travelers about these,” Piper stated. “It gives you hope to understand that it’s not only left to you, but other people are willing to come and be a part. They are willing to take their time and (assist) physically.”
Heading into the seventh month because the class 5 hurricane took the lives and companies of native Dominicans, the island is heading in the right direction. One of the largest measuring sticks got here on 28 December 2017 when the nation welcomed its first cruise ship – the Sea Cloud II. Though a smaller vessel (capability round 200) it was the primary sign to the world of Dominica’s mission. Before that day, Piper stated the cruise strains had primarily “written off” Dominica for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. “As a result of welcoming MV Mein Schiff 3 (a month after Sea Cloud II) they (cruise lines) reconsidered and I’m happy to say that most, if not all have scheduled us for 2018-19 season.” Dominica has since acquired 16 extra cruise calls, with Carnival Cruises anticipated to make 5 visits this 12 months.
When it involves the island itself, 19 of the 23 island websites and sights are prepared for vacationers, in line with a Dominica tourism board press release. 41% of the whole 962 rooms obtainable earlier than Hurricane Maria can now be booked. Places like Fort Young Hotel, Secret Bay, Calibishie Cove and Citrus Creek are anticipated to reopen later this 12 months. “It’s a great place to take a slow walk in nature and kind of transform and rejuvenate yourself,” Piper stated. Popular diving websites which attracted fans from across the world earlier than the hurricane are as soon as once more operational with excursions obtainable on the north, south and west coasts of the island.
Getting to Dominica isn’t a difficulty, there are common flights connecting to regional and worldwide markets. The Douglas Charles and Canefield airports have been open since October 2017. Night touchdown at Douglas Charles is on the market till 8pm for public flights and till 10pm by particular association. “Come if meaningful travel appeals to you. Come with the understanding the state of the island,” Piper stated. “We are rebuilding and if you feel like you need to wait until next year, do it. But come. In doing so we will both be the richer for it because the experience in Dominica will change you.”