DHTA launches flagship events for Tourism Awareness Month

Stephanie Astaphan
Stephanie Astaphan

The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) has officially launched two of its major flagship events for 2016 which form part of the tourism awareness month of May.

The events are Hike Fest and the National Tourism Trade Show and Cocktail (NTTC).

Both events were launched at a special ceremony held at the Fort Young Hotel last week.

“The National Tourism Trade Show and Cocktail or NTTC is Dominica’s leading travel trade show,” Executive Vice President of The DHTA, Stephanie Astaphan, said while addressing the ceremony.

She said one of the highlights of the NTTC which is carded for Saturday 30th April at Fort Shirley in Portsmouth, will be the keynote address from Air Antilles Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Serge Tsygalnitzky, who will define opportunities for aligning airlift objectives to drive visitor arrivals to Dominica.

This will be followed by seminars on technology and investment lead by Expedia and Secret Bay Residences.

Astaphan revealed that this year, the trade show has received tremendous support from the local business community.

She said the NTTC will feature eleven trade show vendors in 6 product categories, 7 travel partners and 8 artisan producers.

“Just as last year, the tradeshow will see the participation of key international travel partners including WinAir, Seaborne Airlines, Air Antilles, L’Express Des Isles, Expedia, Caribbean Holidays and Going Places Barbados,” Astaphan stated.

The NTTC will be held from 2:00pm to 9:00pm.

Tickets for the event cost $50 and are available at the DHTA office.

Meanwhile Hike Fest is set for four Saturdays in May.

Astaphan noted that the hikes will be held on May 7th from Castle Bruce to Kalinago Barana Aute,  on May 14th Capuchin to Cabrits, on May 21 Jacko Steps and Soufriere Estate to Green Estate  on May 28th.

“This year each hike is routed in the original people and early settlers of the island, the Kalinago, the European, African and Creole,” Astaphan stated.

Hikers will be accompanied by knowledgeable certified guides and health and safety professionals.  The activity caters to both visiting and local enthusiasts as well as novices.

Registration costs $50 per person.

Interested persons are asked to register at the DHTA office in Roseau.

Platinum partner for both events is Digicel Dominica, while gold sponsors include Tropical Shipping, Jolly’s Pharmacy and Belfast Estate.

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  1. Me
    April 19, 2016

    I see, plenty of international travel partners but no tourists. Anyway, enjoy the party. Maybe better things will come?

  2. Weirdo
    April 18, 2016

    Thats the picture taking even they have cabrits every year right?
    1) How does that increase our tourist numbers?

  3. micaise
    April 18, 2016

    So many sponsors and their events are still so expensive!

  4. jorose
    April 18, 2016

    The hikes are cheaper if you go on your own, so what is the benefit of going with DHTA?

    • Me
      April 18, 2016

      Hmm, yes I have always questioned the logic of that myself. You can even tag along if you want. Who is going to challenge you?

  5. Tjebe Fort
    April 18, 2016

    What is the DHTA doing to bring back the cruise ships? I’m hearing after he last boat coming at the end of the month no more will visit us in Roseau for six months. What all the vendors and bus driver going to do to feed their children and pay their loans? Skerrit just gave you all $500,000. How ill these people benefit from that?

  6. IamanIdiot
    April 18, 2016

    Yea Yea, Thats the same thing from last year right? and the year before?

    • watchdog
      April 18, 2016

      I know right……. No inovation, no new ideas, same old thing year after year. SMH….

    • anti bs
      April 18, 2016


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