Discover Dominica Authority News Update
*** Dominica’s Staycation Promotion***
Discover Dominica Authority promotion of the Staycation 2012 offers is continuing. The most recent promotion was held in Roseau on Saturday. Participating hoteliers and tour operators in the Staycation programme were on hand to provide information on their special offers to locals.
Staycation packages are being offered by Fort Young Hotel; Rejens; Picard Beach Cottages; Portsmouth Beach Hotel Anchorage Hotel, Whale Watch and Dive Center; Comfortel de Champ; Seacliff Cottages; Comfort Cottages; Rosalie Bay Resort; Hibiscus Valley Inn and Rainforest Riding.
The Staycation programme encourages Dominicans to discover their country and utilize tourism services and products in so doing. The next Staycation promotion event is carded for Saturday August 11, 2012 outside the Prevo Cinemall.
***Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival to be promoted in Guadeloupe***
Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival will be promoted at fringe events organised for the Festival International du Zouk in Petit Bourg Guadeloupe. Members of the Dominica Guadeloupe Association will assist with promotion at a Beach Party event at Viard Beach in Petit Bourg on July 22. The official launch of the 16th edition of the World Creole Music Festival is carded for July 26, 2012, where the main stage acts will be announced.
***Winner of the 2011 Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Tourism Youth Congress to be featured on Television Programme***
The Caribbean Junior Minister of Tourism, Dominica’s Kitwanie Carbon was featured on a television programme Destination Caribbean this week on Thursday 18, July. The programme, hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization was aired at 8 pm on CaribVision. The topic for discussion was on Sustainable Tourism, what’s in it for you? Ms. Carbon was questioned on her views of sustainable tourism and its continued development to the benefit of Caribbean people. Ms. Carbon won the regional Tourism Youth Congress in 2011 and is expected to chair the next regional Tourism Youth Congress carded for October 10 – 12, 2012 in St. Kitts.
*** Dominica promoted at Fair in Martinique***
Dominica was recently promoted at agriculture, tourism and craft fair held in the town of Vauclin in Martinique. The event took place on July 14 and attracted numerous visitors given that that day as a public holiday. Information about what to do in Dominica, investment in the island and display of local manufactured goods generated much interest in the destination. Mr. Philippe Cordinier of Caribbean Unity represented Dominica at the event.
***Fifty Guadeloupeans visit Dominica***
Sixteen students seeking to be social workers in Guadeloupe visited Dominica on a study tour from July 12 – 15. The students met with officials of the Ministry of Social Services and Operation Youth Quake and visited various sites and attractions. Another group of 35 persons from the Contacts Recherche Caraibe CORECCA association visited Dominica during this period. The main objective of the CORECA group is to strengthen ties with neighbouring islands through discovery, meetings, cultural exchanges and solidarity. Members of the group expressed keen interest in learning more about the Kalinago heritage and culture and concluded their stay in Dominica with a visit to the Kalinago Barana Aute.
***Discover Dominica Authority develops Waitukubuli Trail Challenge***
Given that hiking is an important niche in Dominica’s tourism product, work continues in the development of this area. Recognizing the need to provide hikers with general awareness on safety during hiking on island, the Discover Dominica Authority under its hiking programme recently prepared safety tips for persons wishing to hike in Dominica. In addition, an outline on ‘how to plan a hike on Dominica’ was also prepared to provide a step by step process on the do’s and dont’s along with contact information for persons wishing to hike the Waitikubuli National Trail and other trails.
A Waitikubuli Trail Challenge is now being developed by the Discover Dominica Authority to monetize the trail by encouraging visitors to the destination and local residents to hike the trail in its entirety. The proposed challenged would be done at any given time by individuals who would have to purchase a log book and hire a trail guide through a tour operator or the management unit of the WNT. Local residents would have a maximum of two years to complete the trail following the date of their first hike upon signing up and visitors to the destination would have a maximum of five years.
Upon successful completion of the challenge, each hiker would be recognized on a ‘Trail of Fame’ webpage on the WNT website. This challenge is seen as an opportunity to get visitors and locals alike involved in hiking activities across the island, and in doing so further promote our hiking niche and the destination on a whole.
For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.
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