DYBT hosts symposium on ‘the impact of community tourism on the neighborhood economy’
The Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT), in collaboration with the Dominica State College (DSC), hosted a panel and symposium discussion on “the impact of community tourism on the neighborhood economy “tuesday on, Nov 27, 2018.
The objective of of symposium, in accordance with DYBT Coordinator, Kerry-Ann Remie, would be to provide information that may enable teenagers to strengthen their community tourism projects.
“To talk about guidelines on community tourism, to recognize entrepreneurial avenues which impacts the Dominica Community Tourism experience and to allow them to understand the economic great things about community tourism,” Remie explained.
Remie believes that Agriculture is essential not merely for Dominica but also for the grouped community tourism aspect, “with regards to certain plants that people can grow, certain animals we are able to rear.”
The panelists comprised Josephine Dublin-Prince of the Mero Community Tourism Project, Lazare Charles of the Layou Community Project, Community Tourism Consultant, Lester Riviere and a representative from the Eco-Tourism Association Parry Bellot.
Students from the entrepreneurial, tourism, hospitality and agriculture class of the DSC also took part in the discussion that is one activities that has been organized for Global Entrepreneurship Week observed here recently.
“Each year the Dominica Youth Business Trust work in collaboration with the DSC to put up one segment of the Global Entrepreneurship Week and that’s a symposium highlighting community-based tourism, “Director of the Division of Hospitality and Tourism Studies at the DSC Katie Julien told DNO during an interview.
“Throughout that right time we don’ t only cope with Hospitality and Tourism majors, but we include agriculture in addition to entrepreneurship,” she added, pointing out that the tourism product that’s provided to visitors it encompasses agriculture, tourism and entrepreneurship services.
“All the learning students, if we must consider it, they don’t need to depend on doing work for someone upon graduation necessarily,” she stated. “They are able to open their very own smaller businesses actually.
She said the agricultural students could work with the tourism industry by giving fruit and veggies, meats, fish among other produce to hotels and restaurants.
“We have to have the ability to promote what we produce,” she said. “Eat what we produce, produce what we consume and prevent importing so various kinds of things.”
Julien continued to state that visitors are coming Dominica to see different things from what they’re familiar with.
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