As the curtains came down on Dominica’s trademark three-night entertainment event- the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) – Dominicans are being reminded of the importance of that festival.
The WCMF is held during the country’s independence celebrations every year. The 15th edition of the event took place at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium over the weekend.
Fittingly, Minister for Tourism Ian Douglas has underscored the significance of the World Creole Music Festival to Dominica’s economy.
Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, Douglas stressed that while the WCMF costs government nearly $2 million in total every year, for which financial reports show there are hardly any profits, these investments are worth plenty to the economy as numerous stakeholders stand to benefit.
“It’s not about the return on the investment it’s about all that the festival does, the amount of monies that bars and restaurants make, the taxi drivers, the hotel rooms. You cannot quantify the festival in terms of the investment that is made,” he said.
“The festival itself generates, I would say close to 10 times the investment that’s placed into the festival so if you really want to quantify what the festival means to Dominica you have to talk to the hoteliers, you have to go down to the marker and speak to the vendors, you have to speak to the bus drivers, the taxi operators. I mean, the festival is much bigger than just the monetary investment,” he stated.
Douglas took the opportunity to single out the efforts of the Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC), the body charged with organizing the WCMF. He acknowledged that putting the festival together comes at a high price and takes tremendous work. He also expressed gratitude to all the other sponsors of the event, include Digicel