DHTA recognizes “early pioneers of tourism”

Members of the DHTA at the the AGM on Thursday night
Members of the DHTA at the the AGM on Thursday night

The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) has recognized five people described as “very early pioneers of tourism in Dominica.”

The recognition ceremony took place at the DHTA’s 4th Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was held at the Fort Young Hotel on Thursday 6th November 2014.

Those recognized are Janice Armour, Gerry Aird, Anne Jon Baptiste, Philip Nassief and the late Derek Perryman.

Janice Armour is one of the founders of the Anchorage Hotel, which is the forerunner of whale watching and whale-related research in Dominica.

She has also pioneered safari tours and yachting services and has been helpful in promoting the island as a diving destination.

She has been described as “one of Dominica’s leading business persons.”

Gerry Aird, who is a top business man in the cruise sector, was recognized for his long standing contribution to cruise tourism.

He has been described one of the innovators in the cruise industry and cruise-related tours and is a “key factor in establishing cruise tourism as a key contributor to the economy.”

“Through his company, H.H.V. Whitchurch & Co. Ltd., he has also been a key player in facilitating air and sea transport,” the citation to Aird reads.

Anne Jon Baptiste of the Papillote Wilderness Retreat is said to have understood “eco” and “green” before anyone else did.

“She understood the magic of the product and stayed true to it…Papillote Wilderness Retreat is Dominica’s original ‘eco inn’ and remains one of the leading eco lodges in the region,” her citation reads.

Phillip Nassief, another leader in the business world, is known for the acquisition and expansion of the Fort Young Hotel and who saw the potential of Dominica’s tourism industry. The award was received by his son Gregor Nassief on his behalf.

The late Derek Perryman was the founder of the company ‘Dive Dominica’ and was recognized for his contribution to recreational diving and also as a pioneer in that field. The award was received by his daughter Arienne Perryman.

The DHTA said that the island is reaping the benefits of many years of the effort and professionalism of these pioneers in promoting Dominica as a world-class tourism destination.

Meantime, the DHTA has elected a new board of directors for the period 2014-2015.

They are:
President- Gregor Nassief
Vice President-Simon Walsh
Sheldon Bruno-Director of Finance and Fund raising
Vanessa Prevost-Director of Membership
Mavlyn James-Director of Accommodation
Arienne Perryman-Director of Tourism Services
Jacqueline Dupigny-Director of Related Services
Renne Whitchurch-Aird-Douglas- Immediate Past President
Colin Piper-CEO of Discover Dominica Authority (Now has a permanent seat on the board of Directors).

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  1. Diaspora
    November 9, 2014

    Anne Jno-Baptiste of Papillote truly deserves this award. I look at this lady as a great pillar in Tourism however so little is done to recognized people such as her. Don’t matter the hurdle this lady is facing from the people who hold top position in the Tourism industry, it’s a shame!!!. Under trying times she employ’s about twenty workers and not one employee has she ever laid off. Papillote is like a safe haven hot springs, botanical gardens, waterfall, accommodation what more can one ask for? but few people knows about it especially from the Cruise Industry. These are the kind of properties we need to familiarize the Cruise Visitors with and in the long run we will get in return the stay-over visitors.

  2. believer
    November 8, 2014

    Its very heartening to see recognition being given to
    these early pioneers of tourism in Dominica.

    These eminent Dominicans have worked in various ways to
    help encourage the outside world to visit us, witness our flora. fauna, culture and the overall friendliness of our people.

    Thanks you for your contributions to this industry and our

  3. Anon
    November 8, 2014

    This board is by nature of the Dominica tourism experience taxed to think outside the box or face doom. B’dos, St.Martin, St.Thomas etc have cornered the market on the tourists they are attempting so hard to attract. The business is just not there. They need to come up with ways to convince the Gov’t to be the first to legalize marijuana or medicinal. Now you are coming up with the much needed tourism dollars to make staying in business viable and stop gwyaying.

    After all marijuana is here to stay, and many will definitely flock to our shores for its benefits and fill your hotels. Just get the gov’t on board and fill your rooms, think outside the box to ease up the gwyay. Don’t just sit there and expect gov’t to build this airport and setup that native airline. Do something outside the box, and one way is legalized marijuana, fill your rooms like they do in Colorado already.

    • NRT
      November 10, 2014

      ‘Diaspora’ made a heart felt pitch for Papillote, I feel that truth, but you got a point there. I feel you.

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