Dominica to receive major exposure in US

A room at Jungle Bay
A room at Jungle Bay

Dominica will receive major exposure in the US market on Tuesday February 17, courtesy of Jungle Bay.

The hotel will be featured in the long-running TV game show “The Price is Right” where an adventure package will be given as one of the show’s coveted prizes.

Jungle Bay’s owner, Sam Raphael, said now is the ideal time to promote tropical destinations because of the cold winter being experienced in sections of the US market.

“Much of the US is experiencing a cold and difficult winter at the moment, so it is the ideal time to promote tropical destinations in the US market,” he said. “Jungle Bay is undertaking the promotion, however Dominica and the other hotels on the island will also benefit because of the free publicity this promotion brings to the destination.”

He said it is important that the opportunity is seized to market Dominica as a unique destination.

“It is very important that we seize every available opportunity to brand Dominica as a unique and exciting destination in the minds of potential visitors,” he stated.

Jungle Bay, with its 35 eco-cottages, was recently selected as the third best hotel in the entire Caribbean for 2015 by the travel review organization Trip Advisor.

This is the second time a Jungle Bay vacation package will be featured on “The Price is Right.”

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45 Comments

  1. Dominica
    February 12, 2015

    Dominica the place to be!!!

  2. February 11, 2015

    It’s all Good for Dominica and Junglebay ….. Way to go Sam! you have been Persistant and Consistant. God Bless you Bro ! Thank you ~

  3. Reminiscing
    February 11, 2015

    I honestly don’t see the big deal…I’m still trying to figure out how to get to Dominica from Boston in one day (without having to sit in Puerto Rico’s airport for more than 8 hours…for those of you who think it’s such a great idea!)

    • Dominican
      February 11, 2015

      Try and make it to Puerto Rico no later than 1:30PM on the day of your trip.., you will have enough time to catch the 2:50-3:00PM Liat flight PR to Antigua then Dominica. I have done this route many times and end up arriving in DA between 5:30-6:00PM on the same day.

      Note you will have to book your Liat tickets separate from your Boston to Puerto Rico ticket.

    • badrep
      February 12, 2015

      take USAIR to St Maarteen and then Winair, or Bvi airways into Dominica, you will be in Dominica by 4pm,

    • delicesinus
      February 12, 2015

      Yes you can arrive to DA without sitting in Barbados or PR. Just have to know what to do. Do liat on their website and fly another US air to PR. Or Fly US air to St Martin and then take Air Antilles to DA. And you save money too. Ticket price for $600-$800. Or to fly to Barbados and then DA. You just have to do your homework.

  4. But wait
    February 11, 2015

    Think about it… the DLP paid for multiple well-known artists to converge upon Dominica to ensure Skerrit’s re-election. We accepted that hundreds or thousands of people received free tickets to return to the island to ensure this DLP win. Cost =$30M+

    Imagine if $30M+ was used to conduct a promotion providing free tickets to folks who had Never visited Dominica. Perhaps they could participate in a social media competition to spread the word about the country as enrollment in this giveaway.

    Next phase would include international artists promoting Dominica, and inviting others to join them for world class concerts there, which are broadcasted around the globe, and held throughout the year to keep our names in the headlines.

    Just imagine how proud Dominicans would have been! But instead we cry that the country is too poor for this sort of marketing investment, but willingly accept that a political party can raise & spend the same amount for a reelection bid!

  5. But wait
    February 11, 2015

    Its a sad sad day for the state of tourism in Dominica, when we get so excited over a spot on the Price is Right. What are the expected outcomes? Do we think there will be DROVES of people flocking to our shores b/c of this product placement? Lets compare this to the continuous run of well placed, informative ads for St. Lucia, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, the USVI, etc. etc. that one sees frequently on US tv. Lets not delude ourselves people, this is great promotion for Jungle Bay, but without continuous marketing, this is a mere blip on the minds of potential vacationers.

    DDA (with support of too many Dominicans) think that just be showing a Dominican flag and one-off bizarre public stunts like the embarrassing Sochi Olympic skiers, we will turn the tide in our dismal tourism industry. Lets get real people. Ivor Nassief has said it many times, we need to invest REAL money into REAL marketing, probably along the lines on what was spent by the DLP this last election!

  6. REAL!!!!
    February 11, 2015

    Positive Vibes Sam!!!! You are a leading pioneer for our tourism product.

  7. Malpardee
    February 11, 2015

    Yeah then these little idiots will come and rob the tourist like the last time. Right now i honestly feel safer in the us than my own country. What a shame.

  8. The Facts
    February 10, 2015

    I am pleased that Jungle Bay in Dominica will be shown on TV and a price offered for a vacation there. I can imagine the enthusiasm of even the viewers who would like to get a trip to D/ca.
    Yes! The exposure will also do Dominica well. Will inform others I know in especially the US and Canada to view the program.

  9. Efficatious
    February 10, 2015

    The question is where is Jungle Bay and you don’t know but it is in d/a they spent so much money to send you to school and you learn the wrong things. you complained about Politician and you do the same thing.There is only but one Boss in Dominica And the super power love him so where does that leave you ? out of a job.I have said this before Dominica has no brain is the people but they refused to obey rules and follow orders ,but, when they go to other people ‘s country they do as they are told.Dominica owes you nothing but you owe Dominica,Think of what sin did Christ commit he was telling the truth

  10. Francisco Telemaque
    February 10, 2015

    ” This is the result of a partnership between the Government of Dominica and hotelier Sam Rafael intend to boost Dominica’s image abroad as a premier Eco-tourist destination among North Americans.”

    I do not believe it for one second that Government will go into anything with same, further I can ask Sam if this is true. Besides I know someone who is very close to Sam, and if that is true he would know! I can ask him; and I will! Where the hell was government when Sam on more than one occasion utilized the Price is right to advertise his business?

    The Sam spends his money, to advertise his business. If government had a penny invested in that it would have made news headline in Dominica, Piper Skerrit, and all of these useless incompetent politicians would be trying to rub shoulders with Sam only to be in “ting!” and get their face on DNO!

    • anonymous2
      February 10, 2015

      Well, they were voted back in. People here don’t learn very quickly.

    • RASTAFARILEADSTHEWAY
      February 10, 2015

      You are just a hater Telemaque. you must realize by now at your age that people don’t get to be successful in life by themselves. other people have to believe in and support their endeavors. its ironic that you claim that the government is an elected dictatorship and they control everything yet you try to distance that very statement from the success stories that have risen from this government being in power… stop hating. Like the old saying goes ‘si il bon dis bon’ ebeh il bon!

    • The Facts
      February 10, 2015

      Anyone ever told you that your comments are a sad sack and a fault finder? Always criticizing and finding faults. Do you ever offer compliments? What type of person are you? I do not think you make a good conversationalist. Your comments are depressing. They could also discourage some people. Time to change your format to uplifting and enlightening comments.
      When you especially meet strangers and they ask you what country you are from, what do you tell them? Do you inform them of the good that D/ca has to offer thus encouraging them to visit D/ca when they plan a trip? In view of all your negative comments, would love to know.

  11. February 10, 2015

    Let us know exactly what day so those of us working can dvr, or take off to view it. Thanks SAM!

    • The Facts
      February 10, 2015

      As DNO posted, it is on Tuesday, February 17th. It may be shown at other times.
      The Price is Right is usually shown in the evenings. I believe the time may be approximately 7:00 pm or later. Check the programming. You know, in the event you may not be home early, you could also program your TV, etc. to tape it for viewing at another time.

  12. hilroy
    February 10, 2015

    I am happy someone finally uses the potential that we as a country posess. 4 thumbs up

  13. Matter of Fact
    February 10, 2015

    Kudos to you Sam Raphael. You’ve been our Ambassador, spoke person and magnet for bringing in tourist to Dominica. Congratulations ! Good to see your efforts and hard work rewarded in such a big way.
    Wish you continuous success as you thrive to promote Dominica in a positive light.

  14. Rits
    February 10, 2015

    Congrats Sam on a job well done. As a Dominican living in the US I am so happy and proud of Jungle Bay and how far u have taken it As a Delices residence I’m so proud of my little village and how far it has reach on the map. Thanks to u Sam and all those who are part of this. Continue to make Dominican proud. God bless

  15. AA
    February 10, 2015

    Well well well, What the Govt. cannot do with their DDA Jungle Bay is doing. And they still want to give Jungle Bay stress. Good going Sam keep up the good work and put them to shame.

    • Ohhh Dominica!
      February 10, 2015

      What Colin piper failed to do you are doing Sam….happy for you and I say give you all your credit…..it’s yours…..no matter who benefits ultimately.

      If all the monies spent on travel at DDA could be channeled through in the right direction, we would have been far in our tourism business, and we are not talking about cruise tourism here….

  16. Francisco Telemaque
    February 10, 2015

    That is nothing new, Sam has done that in the past, I saw his advertisement before on the Price is Right; one woman has already won a trip to Dominica, at the expense of Jungle bay, that was more than a year ago.

    • Mavis Royer
      February 10, 2015

      Who the hell gave that comment “thumbs down” and what did the person say to warrant the 2 thumbs down???

  17. Yawn
    February 10, 2015

    I saw it the first time and was so freaking excited. And yes, I work. It was just a day that I was home. I mean what are the odds. OMG! So exciting.

  18. justice
    February 10, 2015

    YYAAAHHHHHH!!!!!! Praise the lord! I have always watched price is right and lets make a deal and i always see St. Lucia, St.Thomas and other places and have ALWAYS been longing to see Dominica. I will definitely watch it that day.

  19. Ba Yo Bwa
    February 10, 2015

    Way to go, Dominica! I love my country, even if there is much, much more to be done to lift its profile and economic horizon’s.

    All must eat!

    • Francisco Telemaque
      February 10, 2015

      It is not way to go Dominica, it is “way to go “Sam Rafael ” if there anyone should get the credit, that credit belongs to Sam and Jungle Bay exclusively. When you say “go Dominica” you are give credit to government, and all the dead organization in Dominica calling themselves Tourist Association, they are not doing fart to promote the country as a tourist destination.

      That is the way we behave in our country, one person makes the effort, and if it becomes successful everybody takes credit, but the actual person who thought of it and set it up their name is mentioned in our history. Case and point: The Creole Art Festival in Dominica is the brain child of a relative of mine, his grandmother is from Wesley She lived in New Town,she just happened to be one of my biological aunts. What her grand son got for his efforts, I suppose he went into the PM hospital walking, and in a matter of days he came out carried feet first. Give Sam all the criddit!

      • Ba Yo Bwa
        February 10, 2015

        Wonder what would your comment – or criticisms – be if the article read something like, “Dominica will be featured on the Award-winning, daytime gameshow, The Price is Right all of this week. This is the result of a partnership between the Government of Dominica and hotelier Sam Rafael intend to boost Dominica’s image abroad as a premier Eco-tourist destination among North Americans.”

        The fact is, the article does not say the above, nor do we know if the coming publicity is a consequence of the two entities (Government and Sam) working together to pull this off. What difference does it make really? Dominica on a whole is the ultimate beneficiary.

        You behave, Francisco, as if your continued partisan bias – and attempt to Balkanize our small country – is helping (and not hurting) our country folk.

      • Fedup
        February 10, 2015

        Francisco why don’t you just shut up BOY!!!!!

      • anonymous2
        February 10, 2015

        Sam is a businessman and he promotes his product.

      • Barbara Saunders
        February 12, 2015

        I have promised myself before not to ever comment on this man’s continuous exposure of his sick and nonsensical mind, but I break my own rule this time to say how glad I am that God removed him from this blessed land and landed him in that US melting pot of the good the bad and the ugly. Enjoy your nonsense over there Bro and always pray that you won’t ever need to once again cross the Dominica bridge that you are trying your best to burn. Life holds a lot of surprises you know!

        Now to the topic! As I have said before in this medium, Sam is a true patriot. He tried his hand at politics did not succeed but did not just turn and join the ranks of idle and venomous haters. He went back to work! Congratulations to him and his team. If my memory serves right I believe that funds from the Dominica Economic citizenship programme were invested in Jungle Bay’s start-up. This made the news some years ago! If I am correct, it is a win win for Sam, Dominica & Dominicans! Keep…

  20. Fedup
    February 10, 2015

    Keep it up jungle bay!

  21. alas
    February 10, 2015

    Great work Sam!!!!!
    Keep it up!
    For a minute there i thought this story was about Discover Dominica or Hotel Association or something
    If i were in government i would give you a job in our tourism Dept. long before Robbie Tonge….
    You have a proven track record……..a pioneer in your own right!!!!!

    Your hard work paying off for you!

    • Ohhh Dominica!
      February 10, 2015

      Could not have said it better. These are the people we need in these key positions to get things moving. But Sam Raphael must be too damn intelligent, he doesn’t fit in…..

      • anonymous2
        February 10, 2015

        The producers never to fit in to the general mentality.

  22. Free and Fair
    February 10, 2015

    Good move, Jungle Bay. ‘The Price Is Right’ is a highly rated game show. Dominica is sure to receive the publicity this show offers.

  23. Jungle Bay Lover
    February 10, 2015

    Good going Jungle Bay!! Fantastic!!

  24. JoJo
    February 10, 2015

    What govt, can not do with all their people, plans and budgets Sam Raphael is doing for free. Of course he will benefit too but so will we all. Thank you Sam, if I have to show gratitude it is to people like you.

    PS. I have also read people’s comments and ratings on Tripadvisor. People like you and Gregor Nassief, only to mention two, do an outstanding job to put Dominica in a postitive light. Our island is a treasure. Not only for pirates and scammers

  25. truth
    February 10, 2015

    Congratulations keep the spirit moving, we need that in Dominica.

  26. LUCLU
    February 10, 2015

    I’ll be at work but I’ll definitely set my DVR to record. I’ve been saying for years that DA hotels should offer prize packages on game shows…price is right, wheel of fortune etc…even on talk shows when the hosts give out prizes. That’s a market we should break into, the cost of the package does not outweigh the potential revenue and exposure.

    Good job Jungle Bay!

  27. grell
    February 10, 2015

    Very Happy for Jungle Bay,but its sad that our visitors will be know how corrupt the country is being ruled.

    • A
      February 10, 2015

      grell aka negative nancy

    • Fedup
      February 10, 2015

      Yet another idiot!!! Keep your idiotic, brainless comment to yourself FOOL!!!!

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