Dominica’s Bayfront Vendors disappointed with their sales so far into the 2015-2016 cruise ship season
Dominica’s Bayfront Vendors say they are disappointed with their sales so far, into the 2015-2016 cruise ship season.President of the Dominica Bayfront Vendors Association Incorporative, Roy Romaine also expressed disappointment with progress so far into the 2015-2016 season. He said on Tuesday,“so far, this season is not too bright”.
Romaine says vendors had anticipated that given the increased number of cruise ships calling this season, things would have been much better, but it turns out they were wrong.“We do have one or two new ships, and I don’t know if it is because of the global situation, but people don’t buy as much as they used to, in years gone by,” Romaine said.Meanwhile, one vendor who chose to remain anonymous said, this season is one of the worst she has ever experienced.
“People are not selling. I have been here since morning and I haven’t made a dollar. The people are just coming and saying ‘we have seen it already’, and they go about their business”.She called on the Taxi Association to caution taxi drivers, as they may be preventing the tourist from buying their products.
“When they see a customer on your table, they come and take that customer away. When they leave, you have lost a sale. We have to pay City Council to be here, we have to pay for a transport to bring us here, but the taxi men don’t have anything paying, and they come righto our tablesand take our customers,” She lamented.
While acknowledging that “everybody has to eat”, She would like government to refrain from sending any more vendors on the Dame Mary Eugenia Charles Boulevard to vend, as the area is saturated.
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