As part of the program, government-certified properties have been tasked to manage the guest experience during the first 5 to 7 days of the visitor’s stay. This managed experience includes the organization of services to and from ports of entry, activities and amenities on-site, and transportation services to select locations around the island for water based and land based activities.
Currently, visitors to Dominica are split into four groups based on the country they are coming from (Caricom Travel Bubble, Low Risk, Medium Risk and High Risk). This program was specially developed with the high risk visitor in mind. Previously, visitors within this category would have had to quarantine for 5 days at their chosen government-certified accommodation.
The Safe in Nature initiative is a result of the collective work of The Ministry of Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives, Discover Dominica Authority, Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association along with other tourism stakeholders.
With the launch of Dominica’s Caricom Travel Bubble in August 2020, which affords travelers from select destinations relaxed entry and on-island requirements, to now launching the Safe in Nature program, Dominica guarantees its visitors a true “Nature Island” experience while maintaining the safety of Dominicans and visitors alike.
“We are excited to announce the Safe in Nature commitment brand! To those thinking about travel, those thinking about visiting us to experience our rich cultural celebrations and cuisine, those needing a well-deserved break from chaos and crowds, those needing rejuvenation, we extend a warm invitation to Dominica where you, your family and friends will be Safe in Nature!” Words from the Honourable Denise Charles, Minister for Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives.
Samantha Letang, Marketing Executive at Discover Dominica Authority expressed that, “Dominica is not only a vacation, but a discovery and travel to Dominica especially now, can be transformative and the antidote to relieve the stress that many individuals and families are currently feeling.” She states, “Dominica affords its visitors with world renowned diving, secluded sites and attractions perfect for distancing, top class hiking, out of the ordinary romantic escapes, an indigenous Kalinago population, healthy and tasty cuisine and so much more. And now we give you all this guaranteeing you will be Safe in Nature.”
The tourism sector has been heavily hit by this pandemic, but with increased opportunities afforded through new partnerships in the airline industry, along with solidifying those existing relationships, and now with the Safe in Nature commitment to visitors which offers a managed experience while on island, the tourism sector now has the opportunity to recover.
Details of Safe in Nature managed experience can be found on the travel advisory page of Discover Dominica Authority at https://discoverdominica.com/travel-advisory-for-dominica.