Tourism Month ends with award ceremony

Calibishie Lodges receives award for Accomodation of the Year

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.

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7 Comments

  1. harlemmanPETER GREEN gets tour guide of the year
    May 31, 2011

    Well congratulations are in order for PETER “GROOMS INTERNATIONA”L GREEN from HARLEM NEWTOWN for having attained such great award for the tremendous work he has put into the tourism industry for so many years!

    Peter Green is a tour guide par excellence and has been featured on the time magazine and other international newspaper and was also the subject feature on the front cover of the LIAT Magazine some time in March this year.

    Well done Peter we are all happy for you…do continue to do us proud and work for the advancement of Dominica.

  2. Proud niece
    May 31, 2011

    Congrats to my uncle James continue the good wrk am proud of you… Love u

  3. Evolved
    May 31, 2011

    I think that DDA and Colin Piper need to practice the very motto that they promote – I am Dominica.

    The Fort Young Hotel is NOT the only hotel in Dominica. Why do they continue to have every single function of prominence there – is it that Dominica’s other hotels just don’t make the grade? I really do want to know – or is it a directive from higher up that the former dollar minister must continue to be compensated for his time in office?

    I think that right now – Dominica needs and entire year of awareness – not just a month….

    • Wonderland
      June 1, 2011

      please take note that dda only host events at certified properties…………Fort Young Hotel is certified as per the Tourism Act of 2005

  4. shatta,
    May 31, 2011

    I think the labour party buy over dno cause u can’t put any anti labour party remarks here,where are the workers party?,I know admin going to respond soon,all u know my mouth big

    • colitician
      May 31, 2011

      so everything is politrics for you go and see dr benjamin nuh !

      i find you dounce!

      leave dno a lone eh

      everybody sensible or non sensible views are being aired

      as long as its not defamatory

      happy fathers day !!!!!

  5. Uhuh
    May 31, 2011

    But allu quick papa

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