French tourism authorities have warned that visitors to Dominica are being encouraged to avoid the tourist hotspots of its islands, particularly the city of Bougainville, where thousands of people gathered to celebrate the holiday season.
In an official report, the Dominica Tourism Authority said that, since January, people who visit the island of Bougaville have reported being subjected to harassment, vandalism and threats.
A local councillor has said that authorities are not allowing the islanders to return to their homes because the authorities do not want to damage their property.
The report also said that there have been complaints from people who were not able to return because of the heightened security measures.
Many of Dominicans are fearful of reprisals from locals who have grown tired of the island’s tourism industry.
The Dominica Travel Association says that, as of November last year, Dominica had the fourth highest tourism revenue in the world behind France, Belgium and the UK.
However, in March, authorities reported that the country was the most vulnerable of all the Caribbean islands to natural disasters, particularly in relation to hurricanes.
The island was struck by Hurricane Maria in November, leaving many of its inhabitants without power and without shelter.
There have been concerns that Dominica has not done enough to ensure that tourists do not get in trouble for enjoying its attractions, particularly Bougainauville.
According to the tourism association, Bougainouville is the world’s busiest tourist attraction.
It has an estimated 4,500 people, many of whom come from the Caribbean, and the island is popular with tourists who do not normally go to other Caribbean islands.
But local residents and officials have complained about the number of tourists arriving in the island, particularly after a hurricane hit the country in May.
In November, the French tourism authority issued a travel warning about Bougainaunville, saying that “some tourists do visit the town and it is not clear that this behaviour will not be tolerated”.
Dominica is the fourth largest island in the Caribbean after Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis and Barbados.
Dominica and St Kitt’s territories are both in the Indian Ocean.
The islands are home to some of the poorest populations in the Western Hemisphere, with many locals living in poverty.
A recent UN report found that Dominicans had suffered from unemployment, food insecurity, health issues and overcrowding for years, and that the situation had worsened since Maria struck.
The Dominican Republic is home to about 100,000 tourists each year, according to the International Tourism Organization (ITO), while Haiti has a population of 1.6 million.
The Caribbean is the most popular destination for French and British tourists.
There are currently 1,000 hotels in the country, and nearly two million people are currently working in tourism.
The UK has one of the world most popular tourist attractions, with a population more than 12 million.
Dominicans spend around £100m ($167m) on tourism every year.
However some Dominicans have complained that the government is not paying enough attention to the issue.
In February, local mayor Josefina Carriaga announced that Dominican authorities were closing down all of the hotels and tourist attractions in Bougainawville.
She said that all of Bougarville’s attractions, including Bougainowil and Bougainave, would be closed, including the famous Bougainaville, a traditional island that attracts visitors for its unique view of the Caribbean Sea.
In January, authorities also closed down the historic Bougainvillier palace in Bougaroville.
There is concern that the closures will lead to a shortage of accommodation for locals, as well as damage to the city’s iconic buildings.
However Carriago told the local press that, if the situation continues, they may have to close the entire island down altogether.