Director of Tourism Collin Piper is reporting that festivities surrounding the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) and Independence are projected to rake in approximately $9-million into the Dominican economy.
Speaking at the official launch of the festival at the Krazy Kokonuts on Wednesday night, Piper said that the festival attracts about 4,000 visitors to the island each year and noted that the benefit to cost ratio of the WCMF surpasses that of other major festivals in regional countries such as Trinidad and Barbados.
He pointed out that the majority of festival goers are below 30.
“Approximately 70 percent of patrons to the festival are between the ages of 20 and 29 and they have the stamina and desire to go all night,” he said. “The benefit to cost ratio of the WCMF surpasses others in the Caribbean. We are at 9:1 ratio versus Trinidad at 7:1 and Barbados 2.4:1, and the contribution to the national economy for spending as a result of the festivities around WCMF and Independence are projected to be about $9-million.”
According to him, 582 respondents in a 2012 survey revealed that they spend approximately $155 per night at the festival.
“In 2012 with 582 respondents, Dominicans indicated that they spent about $155 in the park each night not including tickets and we had foreigners indicating that they spent $200 each night,” he said. “So we had an average of about $177 per night and based on the numbers of people in the park each night, it is coming in at about $4-million that exchanges hands on those three nights.”
Piper noted further that the festival has reached a milestone.
“We will be reaching a milestone in 2014 as we celebrate the 18th Edition of the Festival this year,” he stated. “The World Creole Music Festival has reached adulthood and we have come a long way from whence we started in 1970 when Dominica was looking to establish an event to increase visitor arrivals especially at Independence time and looking for a platform where we could expose our creative energy.”
He urged businesses to come on board and partner with the Dominica Festival Committee in hosting the event this year.
The World Creole Music Festival is slated for October 24th to 26th, 2014 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium.