Dominica's tourism industry is expanding gradually with government support. However, development of tourism has been slow compared with that on neighboring islands, but Dominica expects to benefit from the growth of ecotourism. Its principal attraction is the rugged natural beauty of its volcanic peaks, forests, lakes, and waterfalls, and over 365 rivers. Day trips to Dominica from Barbados, Guadeloupe, and Martinique have gained increasing popularity. Cricket is the national sport.
In 1999, 73,500 tourists arrived in Dominica. Revenues from tourism reached US$49 million. Hotel rooms numbered 857 that year. In 1999, the US government estimated the cost of staying in Dominica at $182 per day.