Some Dominican businesses participated in the countries Annual Trade Show which took place in Martinique over the weekend. Leader of the Karina Cultural Group from the Kalinago Territory, Miranda Langlais commended the initiative, and was thankful for the opportunity to participate in the activity. She stated that it was a pleasure for her group of six to be there representing the Kalinago Territory and the Barana Aute, and to showcase Kalinago Traditional Arts and Craft.”
She added, “We think that it is very unique for our territory and we encourage the hosting of more activities of that nature “to help boost Dominica’s economy.” She was happy that the group was able to sell some of its local products.
Meanwhile, Marketing Manager of La Flamboyant Hotel, Joseph Daway has called on more hoteliers, tour operators and travel agents to participate in Dominica’s Annual Marketing trade show, which has been held in Martinique for the past five years. Daway said “There should be more hotels from Dominica, and also there should be more travel agents and tour operators, because they are the ones who are booking the rooms. People may also go online and do that, but the travel agents can do so more convincingly”.
Daway believes that a stronger presence by travel agents could have resulted in more visitors for Dominica. He says “it’s left to be seen”. He hopes that the activities will increase French visitor arrivals to Dominica. Other participants at the event include: The Anchorage Hotel Whale Watching and Dive Centre, Chez Ophelia, Rosalie Bay, Sunset Bay Club, Fort Young Hotel, Hummingbird Inn and Tamarind Tree Hotel. The initiative is part of a marketing strategy spearheaded by the Ministry of Tourism, and the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA).
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