The Honorable Ian Douglas, former Attorney General, has been appointed to the position of Minister for Tourism, Legal Affairs and Civil Aviation, Dominica. His new assignment was effective October 22, following the Honorable Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s reorganization of his Cabinet.
With a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies and nearly ten years of related experience, Mr. Douglas is looking forward to leading Dominica’s emerging tourism industry and utilizing his comprehensive knowledge of the investment terrain, business climate and related legal issues to act in an advisory capacity for private sector firms on investment opportunities.
Previously serving as Parliamentary Representative for the Portsmouth Constituency and Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr. Douglas plans to leverage his past experience, particularly that of his last portfolio as Attorney General and Minister for Legal Affairs and Immigration to build tourism. Known for his community involvement although he keeps a busy schedule, Douglas is currently the Public Relations Officer of the Northern Football Organizing Committee and sponsors a number of local sports teams. In addition, he is the patron of the juvenile football academy on-island and is constructing a children’s playground in his community.
Discussing his vision for Dominica’s tourism industry, Mr. Douglas stated, “I’m looking forward to leading the efforts in shaping the Commonwealth of Dominica as the Nature Island of the world, where visitors from around the world will recognize the destination as a pure nature oasis.”
Known as “The Nature Island” and located between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean, the independent nation of Dominica (pronounced “Dom-in-eek-a”) is the largest and most mountainous of the Windward Islands, encompassing an area of nearly 290 square miles. Of volcanic origins with mountains reaching heights of nearly 5,000 feet, rainforests that are considered among the last true oceanic rainforests in the world, more than 365 rivers, waterfalls, boiling lakes and pristine coral reefs, Dominica’s natural diversity is truly unique. Dominica is also home to the last remaining settlement of the Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean - The Carib Indians. A place where man and nature live in harmony, adventurers and nature lovers alike will revel in the Island’s eco-tourism options which include scuba diving, snorkeling, mountain biking, kayaking, horseback riding, nature tours, hiking/trekking, whale, dolphin and bird watching, sailing and fishing.
Dominica continues to be recognized for its attributes and responsible tourism efforts, including being the first country in the world to receive Benchmarking designation from the prestigious eco-tourism organization Green Globe 21. Most recently, National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations ranked the island as the top sustainable island in the Caribbean and among the top ten in the world.