Dominica’s Tourism Act to be amended

first_imgLocalNews Dominica’s Tourism Act to be amended by: – February 24, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! 127 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Tourism Minister Hon. Ian Douglas. Tourism Minister Ian Douglas has announced that his ministry is considering several amendments to the Tourism Act with a view to enhancing tourism standards and the quality of service provided on the island.The Tourism Regulations and Standards Act #19 governs the Tourism Industry; providing guidelines for development and enforcement of standards, licensing and certification of service providers as well as rules, regulations and offences.The Minister emphasized at a press conference on Friday the necessity for these amendments enable to the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA); which is the agency charged with the responsibilities of monitoring and enforcing the Act, the ability to enforce disciplinary measures against violators.“We’ve been looking at strengthening the DDA’s hand to enforce disciplinary action against some of the service providers that want to play outside of the rules. When you play outside the rules what you’re really doing is damaging the industry, you’re jeopardizing the ability of Dominica to compete on the regional and international markets and you’re really causing trouble in the industry. So we want to strengthen the hand of the DDA in certain aspects like the licensing fee structure.”It is instructive to note that the ministry has reviewed some of the reasons for the pull out of Carnival Victory in 2009 which caused serious economic strain on some of the stakeholders within the industry.(L:R): Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs Mrs. Claudia Bellot, Tourism Minister Ian Douglas and CEO of DDA Colin Piper at Friday’s press conference.One of the reasons he alluded to was some private tour operators who tend to compete directly with the ship thus jeopardizing the ship’s ability to sell tours. The proposed amendments include a licensing fee structure, the implementation of a ticketing system for violation of the Act and an outline of the penalties for violation.Mr. Douglas explained that the implementation of a ticketing system for violators of the Act will be similar to the traffic ticketing system.This he said would essentially deal with violators in a swift and effective manner.“If we introduce a ticketing system we can bring some speed to the system so they don’t have to wait for a court date and go to a magistrate, or seek legal advice and adjournments. So it would be very much like a traffic violator who would go to the Magistrate’s Office to pay a ticket.”The punishment for these violations would range from a fine to possible disqualification of certification by the DDA. Mr. Douglas further noted that the level at which service is provided across the island must also be addressed.According to him citizens must recognize and appreciate that we are a service type industry and that the “tourism industry is all about providing quality service in everything that we do”.He is hopeful that these amendments will “tighten the industry” so it can operate at and provide the best level of service.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharelast_img

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