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Increased ferry and air access for Dominica

NEW PLANS: Dominica

A NEW year-round ferry service between Dominica, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe and Martinique will launch next year.

L’Express Des Iles, which will be operated by Jeans Ferry Service, will transport holidaymakers from Dominica to neighbouring countries in a bid to increase tourism.

The service will also offer weekend charters to Montserrat, Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

President of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association Simon Walsh said the new service will make it easier for visitors to access the US and other countries beyond the Caribbean.

Walsh said lack of accessibility has so far kept people out of the large French market.

“With this new ferry system, let us hope that we are making a step in the right direction and with 137 passengers coming in three times a week, it does open up the French market,” he said.

This announcement coincides with BVI Airway’s launch of new flights to Dominica from St. Maarten and news that Liat will begin operating three evening flights a week next year, to allow for more convenient same day connections from Europe into Dominica.

All of the travel developments follow the $50 million regeneration to Dominica’s Melville Hall Airport, on the northeast coast of the island.

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