DDA participates in US and UK trade shows

The Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) will be participating in 2 trade shows within the next coming weeks.

The first will be the DEMA dive show carded for Orlando from Nov. 2 – 5, 2011. DEMA is the only international trade-only event for the diving, action water sports and travel industries.

It is expected that thousands of dive industry professionals will gather at the DEMA show during the four days, which provides an opportunity to meet face-to-face with the most highly qualified diving professionals. The Discover Dominica Authority is looking to continue working with the dive industry partners Henderson Wetsuits, SeaLife Cameras and Oceanic. During the show Henderson Wetsuits and the DDA will be drawing for the winner of their online contest which ran from May this year.

The two winners, consumer and trade professional will be awarded a Dive Vacation grand prize trip to Dominica including 10 dives – sponsored by Dive Dominica, seven-nights accommodation sponsored by Fort young Hotel and land tours sponsored by KHATTS Tours. This is the first step in the partnership with Henderson. The DDA will be confirming the programmes and terms of agreement on partnerships with SeaLife Cameras and Oceanic during DEMA. The Dominica contingent will consist of DWA President, DDA Representatives, dive operators – Dive Dominica and Fort Young Hotel.

The second trade show will be the World Travel Market in London, UK carded for November 7 – 10, 2011.

WTM is the leading global event for the travel industry, a vibrant must attend four-day business-to-business event presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to UK and international travel professionals.

The DDA is looking to take advantage of this opportunity to meet with the global travel trade, network, negotiate and conduct business.

Mr. Colin Piper, Director of Tourism reported ”That talks will be held with BVI Airways and LIAT with a view to improving access into Dominica, as well as with tour operators to discuss continued marketing and promotions of the destination.”

The Dominica contingent will consist of representatives from DDA, Dominica Tours, Jungle Bay Resort & Spa and Cocoa Cottages along with UK representatives, The Saltmarsh Partnership.

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7 Comments

  1. Good Lordy
    November 11, 2011

    What a waste of money. NOBODY from UK come here. They have no money and too high tax for the plane.

    More money wasted chasing dreams.

    Put more money on the French islands. They love it here and WANT to come and also CAN come.

    UK and USA are all broke.

  2. STUPES
    October 28, 2011

    Since when this is big news…..the NDC/DDA and DWA have been doing trade shows for years. Back in the days when we had a Dominica Tourist Office based in the US,so much more was done by people like Steve Johnson. Road shows, Press meets, smaller shows in addition to the main Trade shows.
    Less is actually being done now and the budget is much less than back then….so its nothing ‘new’ to shout about. Part of the mandate is to promote the destination and they are trying but much more needs to be done. Many things need to be addressed at home though, we are portraying the destination as eco, pristine, nature isle etc etc, but look around, we are allowing people to get away with destroying our image.

    • Dominque
      October 29, 2011

      My point exactly, lately this has been big time news, people attend meetings and conferences for different organizationa way back then…..so what!!! What amazes me even more upon their return, results are minimal and back we to square one

  3. Nac Vibes
    October 28, 2011

    Look St Lucia have Big advert on British TV

  4. Aye Dominique
    October 28, 2011

    Collin better shut his trap….he is a big disappointment!!!

  5. Chavez Jr.
    October 28, 2011

    Keep marketing the Nature Island, thats how it should be if we want to attract the tourist dollar. However we need to improve on our services, our products. Good job DDA.

  6. Anonymous
    October 28, 2011

    Good move , we need to reaally place emphasis on the marketing of the Nature Island. Good job DDA.

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