DHTA supports decision to invest in LIAT

first_imgThe Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association believes that the recent decision to invest in LIAT has the potential to address several of the current inefficiencies in our air access; providing that this investment gives Dominica legitimate influence in the decision making process within LIAT.In 2011, LIAT passengers totalled 71% of all air access arrivals and almost 47% of total arrivals. It must, therefore, be recognized that LIAT is an essential partner in the tourism sector. With the upcoming withdrawal of American Eagle our LIAT connections will become exponentially more essential. Therefore, this partnership must seek to address the primary constraint of same day access from our major hubs connecting us to North America and Europe.We caution, however, that there is a clear need to address the shortcomings of our air access in order for this partnership to ensure a return on the investment. Additionally, we understand with some cost-effective measures, as well as utilization of strategic partnerships working towards becoming a fueling stop for LIAT, which would further strengthen and decentralize it’s support system, Dominica could be positioned to benefit from and offer additional products and services that could increase revenue and create employment opportunities.Recently the Discover Dominica Authority, with financial assistance from the AID bank, brought together several regional air access consultants, the marketing team from DDA as well as key stakeholders in the private sector to develop an Access Strategy Plan. Recently the Discover Dominica Authority, with financial assistance from the AID bank, brought together several regional air access consultants, the marketing team from DDA as well as key stakeholders in the private sector to develop an Access Strategy Plan. After considerable time and effort put into this plan, there is concern that any investment in LIAT will marginalize the search for other small regional airlines to service the growing demands of Dominica. The proposed Access Plan makes it clear that we must look to other partners to meet international banks of flights at our regional airports.It has never been beneficial to consumers to have monopolies in the region, this encourages high fares and inferior service, two things the tourism industry can ill afford. Given the extremely challenging times in our tourism industry, we must look to make some bold moves in improving access to Dominica. We hope that this investment is viewed as a beginning and not the only solution to our access constraints.Press Release Share LocalNews DHTA supports decision to invest in LIAT by: – June 28, 2012 Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 21 Views   no discussionslast_img