Businesses across the island will be given yet another opportunity to showcase their products at the 4th annual “Shop Dominica, Experience the Promotions” event.
The event will run from August 28th to 30th.
The initiative is spearheaded by the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC), the Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association (DHTA), the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) and the Dominica Manufacturers Association (DMA).
“Shop Dominica” features considerable discounts from department stores, retail stores, supermarkets, restaurants and hotels to both locals and visitors alike.
DAIC Executive Director, Theresa Campbell-Carbon who was addressing a ceremony to launch event at the Fort Young Hotel on Wednesday said its objectives are “to increase gross sales within private sector businesses during the shopping weekend and to increase the number of visitors coming to Dominica.”
In addition, she said, the event is to be developed into a shopping brand inside and outside of Dominica.
According to Campbell-Carbon, businesses from all sizes and from all sectors are once again offering discounts to customers during Shop Dominica.
“For example J Astaphan and Company Limited is offering up to 15 percent discount on hardware, up to 20 percent discount on building supplies and up to 50 percent of items on the first floor…,” she stated. “Shopping can expect attractive discounts from HHV Whitchurch and Company Ltd, Picard Beach Cottages, Jolly’s Phamarcy, Fashion Line Store, among others.”
She revealed that in the past the event primarily focused on businesses in Roseau, however this year there are participants from Portsmouth as well.
“The Champs Restaurant and Pizzeria Bar will offer $15 worth of free drinks for every $30 worth of food purchase by patrons…,” she explained.
She mentioned also that Shop Dominica is being actively promoted in Guadeloupe and Martinique through various media channels.
Meantime, President of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC), Jeffrey Baptiste encourages more private entities to join the membership of the DAIC.
“We want to create very workable practical reasons to encourage people to want to join the chamber,” Baptiste stated. “I think what we are doing here to Shop Dominica is a good example of what can be done together.”
He believes that the population, the economy at large will benefit from the initiative.
He encourages persons to participate in the event.
Baptiste further stated that over the years visitors from Martinique and Guadeloupe also participated in the event.
Registration is open for businesses costing $50 for companies with 1- 10 employees and $100 for companies with more 10 employees.
Participants in the event so are are Forever Young Classic, FashionLine Store, The Happy Store, Kai-K Boutique, Tongue Financial Services, Picard Beach Cottages, M & R Trading Ltd, Harris Paints Dominica Ltd, Fort Young Hotel, Jewellers International, 365 Media Marketing &Production, The Anchorage Hotel, Whale Watch Dive Centre among others.