Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal

Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica

Positive Growth in Stay Over Visitation for the 3rd Quarter 2011

The preliminary third quarter review showed a 4.6% growth in stay over arrivals for July to September 2011 (20,736) over 2010 (19,827). Arrivals during July just surpassed the previous high of 9,935 in 2006 by only two arrivals, but this represented a 12.5% growth over 2010 (8,831), and almost 20% over 2001's 8,292. There was a 1.5% growth in August (7,312) while September (3,487) saw a 7.9% decline in arrivals over 2010. Despite the decline in September, the quarter presents a positive outlook for tourism following declining arrivals in both the first (-5.6%) and second (-7.3%) quarters.

Intra regional arrivals grew 5.8% to 12,407 during the 3rd quarter, driven primarily by a 9.3% growth in arrivals from the OECS territories and an 8% growth in arrivals from the French West Indies. There were also increased arrivals from North America; US visitation grew 2.1%, while Canadian 3rd quarter visitation was the highest for the decade and grew 10.3% over 2010. Overall, there was 2.3% contraction in European arrivals for the quarter, with the highest percentage of that decline as a result 20.4% contraction in arrivals from France. However arrivals from the United Kingdom and German Speaking Markets both grew in the quarter, at 7.5% and 45.2%, respectively.

There was an 11% increase in the number of visitors (excluding medical students) indicating Hotels, Guest Houses, and similar accommodations as their intended place of stay during July to September 2011. Vacation and other leisure reasons for visiting Dominica represented 70% of stay over visitation for the quarter, while Meetings and other Business accounted for 10.5% and Medical Student arrivals 7%.

Dominica welcomed another new cruise ship

On Tuesday November 15th Dominica welcomed to its shores another new ship from TUI Cruise Lines. The Ship was docked at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth this week, and is expected to make a total of eleven calls for the 2011/2012 cruise season bringing in over 1800 persons to the destination.

A brief welcome ceremony was organized by the Discover Dominica Authority with government Officials, tourism stakeholders and the media. Discover Dominica Authority and the Ministry of Tourism continues to urge all stakeholders to play their respective roles in ensuring that the overall guest experience is positive and enhanced during the ship's visit.

Discover Dominica Authority makes I am Dominica. Are You? Presentation to St. Martin Secondary School

Discover Dominica Authority will present the I am Dominica. Are You? Campaign to first form students of the St. Martin Secondary School on Friday November 18, 2011. The presentation will be made to the group of 54 students as part of the school's activities for Enrichment Days which encourages students to learn more about career choices and opportunities for self development. The I am Dominica. Are You? Campaign seeks to instill pride in country and knowledge of the tourism industry and one's contribution to its sustained development. The presentation to the St. Martin Secondary School forms part of the Authority's programme of activities to present the campaign to school children around Dominica. I am Dominica. Are You? Presentations have been made to the Morne Jaune Primary School, Roseau Primary School and parents of the Sunflower Preschool and Day Care Centre.

Dominica being featured in Food & Travel Magazine

Dominica was featured in the Food and Travel Magazine as a result of a hosted press trip with UK journalist Judy Bastyra. Judy was on island with a photographer to cover the restaurants, cuisine and beauty of the island. The 8 day trip covered the full length of the island with activities ranging from visits to local bakeries to fine dining spots on the island and local organic farms. As a result of this visit, Judy was also able to run a small article in the Health & Fitness Magazine. Dominica continues to obtain increased exposure in the US market and with this is hoping to transfer this exposure into interest in the destination which would increase our visitor counts by the end of 2012.

Posted: 21/11/2011