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Dominica ranks high on CNN places to visit in 2020

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Dominica was listed in the first position of the CNN’s list of Caribbean Islands to visit in 2020 and ranked as the top Caribbean Destination in the fourth position in the CNN 20 best places to visit in 2020.  This caps off a great 2019, in which the destination has received numerous awards and accolades from respected travel and lifestyle industry institutions and publications.

This continues Dominica’s long history of receiving awards and accolades dating back over decades, recognizing everything from boutique hotels and properties, ecotourism and sustainability practices.

Newly appointed Minister for Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives, Hon. Denise Charles expressed her gratitude to the publications that have rated Dominica’s tourism product so highly.

“It is a testament to the hard work of the people of Dominica and exhibits true resilience that we have been able in such a short time after a natural disaster to build back our lives and product for all to experience and enjoy the true spirit of Dominica”.

Here is a snapshot of the Destination’s achievements and recognition resulting from exciting coverage through proactive destination pitching.

  • Dominica has also been listed as the fourth destination in the CNNonline article titled “CNN Travels 20 best places to visit in 2020”
  • Following a successful World Travel Market in London in November, Destination Dominica received a raft of awardsacross the eight individual categories during the Caribbean Tourism Organization Travel Media Awards.
    • Discover Dominica Authority won the global resilience in business award at the 4th annual global resilience summit. Globally recognized by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism and awarded a Champions of Challenge Award for resilience in business following the recovery of the island after Hurricane Maria.
    • Discover Dominica Authority’s UK marketing agency won at the International Travel and Tourism Awards.
  • Dominica was selected as one of the destinations included in Vogue‘s list titled “Here’s Where to Travel in 2020“.Vogue is a fashion and lifestyle magazine covering many topics including fashion, beauty, culture, living, and runway. Its online site reaches approximately 6,598,806 unique monthly viewers.
  • Travel + Leisure“Where to Go in 2020” named Dominica one of  “The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2020.”
  • Conde Nast Traveler‘s  has named Dominica one of  “20 Best Places to Go in 2020!” Conde Nast Traveler is a top U.S. travel publication that reaches approximately 5,351,474unique monthly viewers. 
  • Dominica has been selected as one of Travel Lemming‘s Top Emerging Travel Destinations for 2020!
  • Dominica has been selected as one of the destinations in Fortune‘s “2020 Road Map: The Best Travel Destinations for Every Season of the Coming Year.”
  • com – Three of Dominica’s new upcoming hotels made Forbes prestigious hotel list as “The 10 Most Anticipated New Caribbean Hotels for 2019 and Beyond. https://www.forbes.com/sites/jimdobson/2019/01/04/the-10-new-caribbean-hotels-we-are-excited-about-for-2019-and-beyond/#34ca99fb5ac3 
  • Caribbean Journalnamed Cabrits Resorts & Spa Kempinski Dominica as the New Hotel of the Year for 2020. https://www.caribjournal.com/2019/12/10/caribbean-travel-awards-2020/
  • Secret Bay featured in Eco-Luxury Resort Piece in Lonely Planet titled “World’s best eco-luxury resorts.” The piece touches on the various eco-friendly and sustainable initiatives that Secret Bay has in place. Lonely Planet is one of the leading travel media companies in the world, and their website reaches approximately 11,849,867 unique viewers monthly.
  • Dominica’s Jungle Bay was hand-selected as one of Fodor’s Finest Hotels 2020!! “The 100 Most Incredible Hotels in the World” and included in the section titled “The Best Hotels in the Caribbean.” Fodor’s Travel is a top travel publication in the U.S that reaches approximately 4,746,829 unique monthly viewers.
  • Dominica was selected as one of The Wall Street Journal‘s “10 Places to Travel In 2020!!”Not only was Dominica handpicked as one of the 10 destinations featured, but it is also the first one listed in the article!  The Wall Street Journal is one of the most popular news publications in the U.S., reaching approximately 43,852,621 unique monthly viewers. 
  • Outside Magazinenamed Dominica one of the “33 Best Trips of 2019.” Outside has a UMV of 3,801,533.
  • Jetsetter (UVM: 1,546,141)mentioned Dominica in their roundup of the “8 Drop-Dead Gorgeous Island Getaways for Spring

Director of Tourism Mr. Colin Piper remarked that “It is gratifying that the Destination is being recognized for years of planning, implementation and good stewardship by the valued stakeholders.  We intend to keep building on the momentum of several hotel openings and hope that the Destination continues to reap just rewards”

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/best-caribbean-islands-to-visit/index.html





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Renowned sports personality, Phillip Alleyne, laid to rest

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Catholic Priest Monsignor Eustace Thomas who was the main celebrant at the funeral mass of former cricket umpire and football referee Phillip Gregory Alleyne has expressed “disappointment” at the turnout at Alleyne’s funeral which was held on Wednesday February 19, 2020 at the Fatima Church in Newtown.

“What about us my dear friends, what about our sense of service, whatever job we have, do we enjoy it and work to the best of our ability, there are a number of professionals who don’t like what they are doing,” the priest said.

According to him they just come to work for the money but the late Phillip Alleyne was a hard working individual who believed in a “fair days’ work for a fair days pay.”

He said, that during the time of Phillip Alleyne, people played sports (cricket) for “love of country, for patriotism, they hardly got money, but that is not the case today,” Monsignor Thomas stated.

The late Phillip Gregory Alleyne he said placed priority on “God and service to country.”

“He was a man of spirituality, he enjoyed life, and he was a proud man,” he stated.

Roger Davis of the Windward Islands Cricket Umpires Association who also represented the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association described the late Phillip Gregory Alleyne as “a quiet giant.”

“This is indeed a sad occasion, we have lost a quiet giant, Phillip was like an institution…the news of his passing was not only shocking but regrettable, and his memories will always live with us. We take comfort in the fact that the consummate ease and none confrontational manner in which he took on life assignments were worthy attributes which we can adopt,” Davis stated.

His body was laid to rest at the Roseau Roman Catholic Cemetery.

He was 92 years old at the time of his death. Alleyne is the founding member of the Dominica Cricket Umpires Association and Dominica Football Referees Association which he founded in 1968.

He also worked at the Roseau City Council holding several positions and finally ended his career in that institution as Town Clerk until his retirement in 1984 after serving the Council for 35 years.

 

 





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Jay Dee is 2020 calypso monarch

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A smiling Jaydee moments after being crowned 2020 Calypso Monarch.

Dominica has a new calypso monarch.

Jude “Jaydee” Delauney, five years after he first entered the carnival calypso competition, has hit the jackpot.  He delivered two sterling performances to outshine the nine other finalists at the finals held on Saturday night at the Windsor Park forecourt.

 





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All set for 2020 Calypso Finals tonight

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Former Calypso Monarch, Tasha ‘Tasha P” Peltier is to set the ball rolling in the much-anticipated Calypso Finals competition scheduled for later today at Windsor Park Sports Stadium.

Next in line is De Webb, followed by Karessah, Jaydee, Bobb, De Hunter, De Healer, Observer, nine-time calypso King Dice and finally, newcomer, St Lucian, Fitzroy ‘Bingo’ Leon.

President of the Dominica Calypso Association, Davidson ‘Observer’ Victor has called on Dominicans to ensure that calypso, as an integral part of Dominica’s culture, remains part of the island’s landscape.

“The other music genres, they are nice; you can have a very good time on them but calypso takes time off to address the real hard issues pertaining to governance and also pertaining to other social ills that goes on within the society,” he said. “This is an art form we should never ever allow calypso not to be part of the landscape of Dominica, because calypso is a very integral part of the cultural aspect which really highlight a lot of the things a lot of people would like to say individually, but cannot say it.”

He said the fact that calypso provides calypsonians, one at a time, with a very valuable platform to be able to highlight something that impacts “so many people in just one song” and “we never allow us to lose that,” Victor stated.

Guest artists are reigning Road March King, Sour Sour, Inciter, Jamma B, Lady S, Tronada, a band from Grenada band called “Grenadian Invasion” and reigning Junior Calypso Monarch, Malik “De Examiner” Darroux.

The judging panel includes Chief Judge, Marlon Marie, Al Monelle, Nadine Riviere, Rena Stephens, Evelina Baptiste, Reginald Lafleur, Roland Royer, and Daniel Seraphine. The two reserve judges are Eustace Thomas and Davidson Lloyd.

Tickets cost $80 standing and sitting $125.

Tickets are available at Bull’s Eye Pharmacy in Goodwill, J&P Pharmacy in Roseau, Fone Shack in Portsmouth and the Dominica Calypso Association (Calypso House) in Bathe Estate.

The show begins at 8:30 pm and will be carried live on Comesee TV and Vibean TV.





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