The Ministry of Tourism and the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA), this morning, closed the curtains on Tourism Awareness Month with the 2011 Tourism Industry Awards Ceremony at the Fort Young Hotel.
CEO of DDA, Mr Colin Piper, highlighted some of the activities that made the month a resounding success, including Hike Fest, the Roseau Paint-A-Thon and community fests like Marigot’s May Fest, as well as the emphasis on education during the month.
“Tourism Awareness Month 2011 embraced education as well. The Tourism Youth Congress challenged 11 students from the various secondary schools across the island. The exceptional level of intelligence exuded by the youth of Dominica, as they expressed their opinions and concerns about realities and the future of our tourism product, was simply spell-binding. It is these types of engagements that instill the sense of ownership in our children and sustainability of our tourism product and our country, by extension, depends greatly on it,” Piper remarked.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Legal Affairs, Mrs Claudia Bellot, believes that the activities of Tourism Awareness Month have impacted various segments of the population and will remain a permanent part of Dominica’s annual calendar
She said, “The success ratings of the various activities for Tourism Awareness Month will certainly ensure that these activities secure pride of place in the annual calendar, while the interest which has been generated has spawned many new ideas, which will form part of your future programs. I am sure that many of these activities will also serve to broaden the scope of the activities and attract greater and sustained participation and impact.”
At the ceremony, a number of stakeholders were awarded in various aspects of Dominica’s tourism product and the winners of the competitive activities that formed part of Tourism Awareness Month were awarded their prizes.
Tourism Awards Categories and Winners were:
Accommodation of the Year——————————-Calibishie Lodges
Tour Guide of the Year————————————–Peter Green
Tourism Taxi Service Provider of the Year————-James Esprit
Tour Operator of the Year———————————Wrave Ltd. (Wacky Rollers)
Responsible Tourism —————————————Jungle bay Resort & Spa
Community Tourism—————————————-Giraudel/Eggleston Community Gardens & Creole Food Demonstration Tour
Also recognized at the event for excellence were Tourism Industry Employee David Thornhill and the Mero Enhancement Committee as a Model for Community & Responsible Tourism.
Convent High School and Mahaut Primary School students took home prizes for the Tourism Youth Congress and the Bin Painting Competition, respectively.