The Commonwealth of Dominica is a tourism-dependent country; the total contribution of tourism to the Dominica’s GDP is approximately 33%. As the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica’s tourism is primarily based on the natural environment – water, wood, whales, and wildlife. However, in 2015 and again in 2017, Dominica was hard hit by Tropical Storm Erika and category five Hurricane Maria, respectively. The island was devastated and lost billions of dollars in property, infrastructure and income.
On the heels of Hurricane Maria, the Prime Minister of Dominica declared that the country will become the first climate resilient nation in the world. The country could not continue to compete on its natural attributes alone. Tourism development needed a renewed approach. The Tourism Master Plan needed to be redeveloped to consider the natural disasters and the new climate resilient thrust. Our company was selected from among 22 competing firms to take up the challenge.