Over the weekends of May 21 – 22 and June 4 – 5, volunteer teams from the Discover Dominica Authority, National Bank of Dominica Ltd, Harris Paints Dominica Ltd, Ministry of Tourism & Legal Affairs, and Tourism students of the Dominica State College alongside qualified painters came out to paint six houses in the city of Roseau as part of the Roseau Paint-A-Thon 2011.
The Roseau Paint-A-Thon is a new initiative by the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) presented in 2011 in partnership with Harris Paints Dominica Ltd with sponsorship from National Bank of Dominica Ltd. Exterior painting services of selected houses were at no cost to the homeowners. The activity, which aims at beautifying buildings in the city of Roseau with historic and architectural appeal, was part of annual Tourism Awareness Month activities.
The houses were chosen with the assistance of Mrs. Elise Agar of SHAPE (Society of Heritage Preservation and Enhancement) and their readiness reviewed by Mr. Glouster Pierre. Mrs. Agar also assisted with choosing paint colours that would not only add to the aesthetics of the neighbourhoods but are in keeping with the guidelines outlined for historic preservation. The painted houses are located on Cork Street, King George V Street, and Laing Lane, and include the home of the late Sir Clarence Seignoret, third President of Dominica, and the offices of the Dominica National Council of Women. All paints for the activity were sponsored through the partnership with Harris Paints Dominica Ltd.
Tourism Awareness Month is celebrated annually in May under the banner: Tourism Is Everybody’s Business, Let’s Play Our Part, by the Discover Dominica Authority, Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association, Ministry of Tourism and tourism stakeholders and partners.
The various activities of the month aim not only at celebrating tourism, but informing and educating the Dominican population about our tourism product and the importance of each person in the industry. Themed around collaboration the success of Tourism Awareness Month depends on the private and public partnerships, both within and outside Tourism.