Discover Dominica Authority News Update for the week ending Friday January25, 2013

BBC UK TV Production Company visit Dominica

The Discover Dominica Authority facilitated the visit of a BBC UK TV Production Company presently visiting Dominica from January 28th to February 1st 2013. The BBC crew will film a new wildlife documentary “Supergiants” which features the whales by exploring their sizes and by documenting their environment and biology. The resident sperm whales of Dominica will be featured in the open water off the Dominican cost with a local guide and dive master. The Discover Dominica Authority sees these types of programmes as extremely important to Dominica as they serve to promote the unique features that the destination has to offer to new markets, and providing a much needed boost to Dominica’s tourism.

Discover Dominica Authority participated in New York Times Travel Show

The Discover Dominica Authority participated in the New York Times Travel Show last week which brought the beauty and the island of Dominica to the New York and Tri-State area of the US. The showwas held from January 18 – 20, 2013 and saw many persons visiting the Dominica booth, who had an added interest in discovering the island and what it had to offer. The Dominica display brought much excitement to the show and the booth as persons took photos and information about the island. The DDA was supported by the local stakeholders in its exhibiting efforts by offering prizes to persons visiting the booth and who expressed an interest in knowing more about the island. With the support of stakeholders, it makes it more lucrative for persons to find interest in the booth and in turn learn more about the island. Calibishie Cove, Papillote Wilderness Retreat, Bumping Tours and JTAS/Experiences Dominica made the giveaways possible.

While at the event, the DDA representative was also able to conduct roundtable presentations with travel agents and tour operators who were searching for new and interesting destinations for their clients. The roundtable discussions engaged approximately 45 trade persons.

The Discover Dominica Authority continues to utilize the shows as ways to reach the market and consumers as well as networking with the trade and reconnecting with the diaspora community. The DDA was pleased to have the support of the “Know Your Culture” group based in New Jersey who assisted at the booth dressed in their national wear and welcomed the visitors to the booth. The Authority will continue to reach out and work with our diaspora communities to showcase and sell the island to potential visitors in respective markets.

Dominica conducts Crisis Management Seminar

The Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the Discover Dominica Authority will conduct a Crisis Management Seminar from January 28th to February 1st 2013, at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium. A Crisis Management Task Force Committee was recently set up to effectively manage crimes against visitors.The seminar will be facilitated by CTO Communication Specialists, a son of the soil Mr. Johnson Johnrose and will address various aspects of crisis management when dealing with crimes against visitors. Several key stakeholders are invited to attend the week long seminar. At the end of the seminar it is hoped that participants will be more knowledgeable on the proper protocol to be administered when handling a crisis. Mr. Jonhnrose will also provide the Ministry of Tourism with a hand book outlining clear guidelines and procedures for implementation by the Crisis Management Task Force Committee.

Dominica made it on Trip Advisor 2013 Travellers Choice Awards

Dominica continues to receive various accolades through awards by trip advisor to local accommodations. For 2013, Trip Advisor Traveller Awards highlited Dominica in four of their award categories.

  • In the top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean, Jungle Bay Resort was voted as #13;
  • In the top 25 small hotels in the Caribbean, Rosalie Bay #10, Beau Rive #5 and Secret Bay coped the number 1 spot.
  • In the top 25 hotels for service in the Caribbean, Secret Bay #3, Beau Rive #17 and Pagua Bay House #24
  • In the top 25 Bargin Hotels in the Caribbean, Manicou River Resorts was voted #13 and Pagua Bay House at #2

This type of positive promotion will aid in strenghtening our position as a leading destination, offering top class service and attractions in the Caribbean.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica's official website: or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

Posted: 08/02/2013