Martinique named safest Caribbean destination

Fort-de-France waterfront
Fort-de-France waterfront

Martinique has been cited once again as the “Safest Destination in the Caribbean,” the designation published in the 2016 Caribbean Tourism Quality Index.

Released during the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) “Caribbean Week” in New York (May 31-June 4, 2016), the Caribbean Tourism Quality Index is an annual study produced by Resonance Consultancy, an international leader in destination development, branding, and marketing headquartered in Vancouver and New York.

The Resonance study measures tourism’s supply-side performance and competitiveness in 28 destinations across the Caribbean. This marks the second time in recent years that Martinique has been recognized as the “Safest Destination in the Caribbean,” the previous designation stemming from a 2011 International Business Times study.

“As flowers are an international symbol of peace, I suppose it’s fitting in a way that The Isle of Flowers should be recognized like this,” said Muriel Wiltord, Director Americas for the Martinique Promotion Bureau. “In reality, though, it is the warmth and welcoming spirit of the Martinican people and the steadfast dedication of our local authorities that keeps us at the top for travel safety.”

The top safety ranking is the latest in an impressive list of honors for Martinique over the past year.
· Ranked in the Top 16 Places to go to in 2016, Condé Nast Traveler

· Ranked #7 (of 24) Top Destinations of 2016, Budget Travel

· Travel Top 10: Trendiest 2016 Destinations, Ebony

· Best Culinary, Cruise, Tourism Board Destination – Caribbean (2016), Travvy Awards

· Top 5 Best Romantic Islands in the Caribbean (2015), USA TODAY

· Ranked #1 Must-Visit Place in the Caribbean (2015), Caribbean Journal

· Traveler’s Choice Award, Best Beaches (2015), TripAdvisor

· Named Best Caribbean Island for Romance (2015), Business Insider

· Silver Magellan Awards, Overall Destination and Waterfront Development (2015), Travel Weekly

“Our recent strong run of awards, honors, and this top safety ranking validate Martinique’s continued emergence as the new ‘it’ destination in the Caribbean for U.S. travelers,” said Wiltord.

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23 Comments

  1. UserName
    June 16, 2016

    with the levels of prostate now killing Martinique, due to their own use of banned pesticides, i wonder what makes it a safe place. I would be scared to eat any thing that coming out from Martinique soil at this point in time. But again it goes to show that we still dont recognize the true essence. These reviews fall short sighted and by a yard stick shows the level of …. we have attained.

    • Face the Facts
      June 18, 2016

      Certain pesticides have been banned in many countries. Canada is no exception. This is for our health. Consider the amount of diseases in the world. Some of them have strange names; others, the medical profession do not have a name for them. There is a lot occurring in the outside world which you know nothing about.

  2. Stacy R Sutter
    June 16, 2016

    I live in Texas and have traveled all over the Caribbean. I have never been on any island other than Dominica where people come up to me, look me in the eye and say thank you for visiting or island. I was in a traffic accident and was treated very fairly by the local constable. I can’t figure out the whole no pictures in court as evidence thing but that’s beside the point… not my country. I personally have never felt safer in the Caribbean and hope to one day live there. If the people and the government worked together to promote more tourism and it was easier to get to that would help considerably but then it might miss some of its mystic. The diving is great, the people are friendly, it appears to safe and the food is incredible. Thanks for letting cast MY vote for the best island in the Caribbean. One last thing… can someone explain Cricket to me. I am just a dumb redneck but it does not make any sense to me. Thanks and God bless.

  3. Me
    June 16, 2016

    And you know what? They have a decent public bus service with air conditioned vehicles, computerized ticket validation machines on board (no cash to the driver), clean and a regular time schedule and route plan….and none of that damned music blasting in your ears.
    On a clear day you can see Martinique from here but we may as well be light years apart.

    • Face the Facts
      June 18, 2016

      It sounds Canadianized and we are still improving. These countries learn from progressive countries. Dominica has a bit of this learning.

  4. Face the Facts
    June 15, 2016

    Hats off to Martinique. Nationals, hospitality, a safe one for all including visitors, make up an island.
    We do not hear much about Martinique but Guadeloupe. I have heard much about the latter. The News of this island, as the criminal elements, is not always good.
    Dominica will have to try hard to become the safest country to visit in the Caribbean.
    When criminals are caught, aside from sentencing them, the authorities should give them a lecture about making Dominica safe. This covers a lot also love for their island. For, the more criminals, the worst the island will appear. As News travel and quickly, far and wide, this will deter and decrease visitors to the island and their very own nationals.
    Therefore, it is imperative that Dominica become a safe place. Otherwise visitors will fear visiting.
    Wherever people visit, they expect to have an enjoyable and safe time that when they return to their homeland, they could boast of it and encourage others to visit.

    • Face the Facts
      June 15, 2016

      It is also to the advantage of a country and for nationals that the country be kept safe.

    • Dominican
      June 16, 2016

      Facts, honestly, don’t you have any friends to talk to? One gets the impression that a person like you finds it extremely difficult to form permanent relationships because your opinions and misguided righteousness must bore the pants of most, people and keep them at a distance. I do feel sorry for you Facts, I really do because you must be a very lonely being.

      • Face the Facts
        June 17, 2016

        You are a bold and wicked person. What I also think of you, you are not a nice person. If you were you would not make such a comment. Only idle and wicked people make such comments. You have proved you are one.
        Godly people, true Christians are ever nice. Learn from the nice ones who are respectful (through their writing). Mind your own business you nosy person.. God knows you have much to mind.
        When you access DNO have something constructive to state that others might learn something from and also inform that they too might learn something.
        Some of you love to harass and persecute others on this Website. You are the one who has no friends and nothing to do. People as you keep me on DNO because I have to reply to you and evil words.
        According to DNO’s regulations, your comment should be prohibited.
        .

      • Face the Facts
        June 17, 2016

        DNO is not a Website for getting personal with those you do not know. You are such a fool! Who are you? Some of you make innuendos about people you know nothing about. Such people are better off than you are and happier and peaceful. I have more family and friends than you have. I am certain I know more people than you. Take this and smoke it in your pipe.
        I view you as someone who love mapwee, trouble and cannot mind your own business. You make a bad neighbor and one to stay far away from.
        When will people as you commence being kind to your fellow people and learn to appreciate them? It is your fellow Dominican and you carry-on as if you are their enemy when they did nothing to harm you. One day God will punish you for that and your ungodly remarks.

      • Face the Facts
        June 18, 2016

        Underestimating those who comment on DNO? This projects your little negative, narrow-minded and uneducated mind. If you were smart, you would know everyone is not the same; they do not have the same friends, etc.
        People whom I know are obviously not the same as you. This is why you should not make such remarks.
        You project your ignorance. You spoil a good article by your evil words. You should get out on DNO because you have nothing constructive to contribute.
        This is why the Minister stated, “Freedom of Speech and Liberty has its limits. The Holy Father Pope Francis made a similar remark a few months ago.
        Allow people their freedom of speech and liberty as you expect them to accord you.
        Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us The Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you have them do unto you.”
        You cannot go to Heaven without love and all the other godly virtues. If I met you I would tell it to you, to your face. You are too much of an ungodly, bold-face person. :twisted:…

  5. Padna from Zicack...
    June 15, 2016

    The people that vote just DON’T know Martinique… Period.

  6. moi
    June 15, 2016

    i can t agree more wonderfull place to live

  7. Beky
    June 15, 2016

    Way to go Martinique . Congratulations, I am impressed. I guess you guys have employed the right people to market your island,and this is important. Having the suitable persons doing what they can do best. Dominica needs to power wash the people they have employed in the tourism sector marketing our island. Give the persons who are qualified the jobs and stop playing politics.

  8. June 15, 2016

    Many visitors have gone missing and were never found ..so what makes it the safest place to visit?

    • Heartfelt
      June 16, 2016

      Since you seem to disagree can you name the Caribbean island that should take its place? One where nobody has ever gone missing, one with a non existent crime rate, no corruption, you can leave your doors unlocked at nights and your neighbours are always smiling?

      • June 17, 2016

        No where is more safe than the other,people go to war and they return safely and get killed in a place with no war..you must be very silly to ask to name where i think is the safest place…

      • Face the Faqcts
        June 18, 2016

        In reality, there is not one safe place on earth. As I always say, pray to God for protection and hope for the best. That is it!
        After 9/11, the question was asked, where is the best and safest place to live. Amazingly and amusingly, the latter I thought, a US Priest celebrating the Holy Mass on Eternal Word Television Network – EWTN said: “The best place to be is in ‘a state of grace.'” I loved that. I laughed.
        So this is it. The best and safest place to be is in Heaven with the Lord. We should all strive for that. No problems, pain, suffering and the likes.
        God rewards the good and punishes the wicked.
        Holy Scripture: “O what God has prepared for those who love him.”
        O Happy Day if and when we arrive there forever. May God assist us accordingly.

  9. Roseau River
    June 15, 2016

    DA should leverage our relationship with Martinique to learn a thing or two.

  10. Me
    June 15, 2016

    I’m happy. My favourite island in the region and much better than Guadeloupe.

  11. Finally
    June 15, 2016

    As a Dominican, I’ve been there. And I agree.

  12. harris nicholls
    June 15, 2016

    this is super am very delighted to here this and I would love other to take example on this french Island in the caribbean call martinique

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