Dominica is on course to welcome back cruise ships in June of this year.

That’s according to Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority Benoit Bardouille.

“I am happy to say that we’ve now gotten requests for cruise calls in June, so we’re expecting to start the cruise season, if all goes well, from June of this year,” Bardouille stated.

He said the relevant stakeholders need to position themselves for the return of the Cruise Industry.

“So, I would say to a lot of the providers of the taxi, the hair braiders, the vendors, tour operators, all of the people who are connected in tourism…I would say that we need to ensure that we can create the opportunity for business to restart in the cruise industry,” Bardouille stated.

The DASPA CEO is also encouraging tourism stakeholders to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“Dominica wants to get to herd immunity, and that is something that we have to ensure that we can get as many persons who need to be vaccinated,” Bardouille added.

He further stated otherwise what may happen is that people in the Tourism Industry who are not vaccinated would have to have regular PCR Testing.