Major threat to Dominica’s Tourism Industry

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first_img 66 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share Carnival Parade onlooker pleading with known vagrant to allow the NBD Flag Wavers space to perform during Saturday’s parade.There is growing concern that the vagrant population within the City of Roseau poses a major threat to the Tourism Industry.There is growing speculation that the root of the problem is the level of management at the Psychiatric Unit; where several persons with acute psychiatric problems are released after treatment only to themselves on the street. A further factor is that vagrancy according to Chapter 10:39 Section 49 of the Revised Laws of the Commonwealth of Dominica under the Small Charges Act is an offence punishable on conviction by three months imprisonment.Chapter 10:39 Section 49 of the Small Charges Act of the Revised Laws of the Commonwealth of Dominica.The issue was raised with the Chief of Police Cyril Carette who stated in a prior police press conference in December, 2011 that a virtual complainant is required for the police to effect an arrest on vagrants. There exists a potential threat to the safety of tourist and citizens as well as the overall ambiance of the city as a clean, green and attractive destination. A local clergy man during his New Years sermon alluded to the problem of vagrancy as a matter for urgent attention by the relevant authorities. Mayor of Roseau His Worship Cecil Joseph when contacted on the issue explained that the problem should first be dealt with as a national issue and not solely as a tourism industry one.He proposes that the relatives of these “vagrants” should make a better effort to assist them and not abandon their responsibilities. “The vagrant issue is not only for visitors but for us as a people. I believe what can be done is that all man and women put their hands on deck we should not leave it for the government. First I call on the family to see how best they can deal with their loved ones and that is on the road to see how they can assist in the process of solving the problem.”While the Mayor believes that the relatives of the vagrants can do more to assist them, he says they are addicted on drugs and therefore the government should “establish some sort of holding to deal with vagrants; they are sick people”.The Mayor believes that this is a chronic issue which needs urgent attention and calls on the government to make allocation in its budget to assist them,“Central government in their budget must include drug users as they are very sick and we need to deal with them as we do with those with hypertension and aids. It is a chronic disease that we need to deal with, stop dealing with them as people who are insane.”He also urges the police officers to enforce the laws; “Law enforcers need to come on board and play their part because they are creating a nuisance for both nationals and tourist. The police should now look at their laws and see within their laws what they can do in curbing some of the nuisance”.The Mayor further noted that the City Council also has a role to play in working with central government and their relatives to allocate suitable housing and medical treatment which they require. One way he identified in which this could be done is by “networking with friendly donors or even request assistance for these sick individuals” that he says are not just “acting out” but that they are sick.The issue with vagrants remains a matter which requires urgent attention which is allowed to remain unattended to can damage our fragile tourism industry.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Major threat to Dominica’s Tourism Industry by: – January 30, 2012last_img read more