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Dominica Post Hurricane Maria Update

Dominica Post Hurricane Maria Update

ROSEAU, DOMINICA (October 18, 2017) — Dominica was severely impacted by category 5 Hurricane Maria on September 18, 2017. Assessment of the country’s infrastructure, including roads, bridges and sites and attractions continues.  Updated information from daily press briefings are accessible at http://www.opm.gov.dm/. Following is an update on island services:

Current Status
Dominica has classified this new period post Maria as one of relief, recovery and rebuilding.  The positive news is that many areas, communities and families are now moving from the relief phase to recovery. Restoration and repair of some services has begun. The Government led rebuilding phase will focus on incorporating best practices that ensure Dominica will be better able to withstand future acts of nature.

– Main roadways have been cleared and damage is still being assessed.
– Over 275 tons of food and 45,000 gallons of water have been distributed to over 93 communities.
– All banks, some businesses and government offices are now open for business in the city.
– The Ministry of Education is working to have 23 schools reopened by October 17, 2017. Many schools will reopen in in their original buildings, while others will operate on a shift system or in an alternate location.

Travel
– Most roads are safe for driving and motorists are advised to proceed with caution in certain areas.
– LIAT Airlines and Seaborne have resumed commercial flights to Dominica and are operating at a limited capacity.
– Seaborne Airlines began commercial flights to/from Dominica on October 11, 2017. Flights depart San Juan, Puerto Rico at 12:45 pm and depart Dominica 3:00 pm daily. For additional details, visithttps://www.seaborneairlines.com/
– LIAT Airlines will operate commercial flights as follows:

  • Return flight to Antigua (LI624) will operate on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday departing Antigua  at 11:30am and  Dominica at 1:10pm;
  • Return flight to Barbados (LI601) will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday departing Barbados at 10am and Dominica at noon.

This schedule will run until November 7th when the airline will update its schedule.

For additional details, visit http://www.liat.com/ or call the Call Centre at 1-888-844-5428

– L’Express des Iles ferry service is operating to Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Lucia from the Roseau Ferry Terminal.  The ferry travels the Martinique /St Lucia route on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays departing Dominica at 10:30 am and on Saturdays at 3 pm.  Service to Guadeloupe from Dominica is at 11:30 am on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and at 09:15 am on Saturdays.  For additional information, please visit http://www.express-des-iles.com/index.cfm?lng=en.

Accommodation
– Prior to Hurricane Maria, Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) had on record of seventy-three (73) properties / nine hundred and nine (909) guest rooms. As of October 17, 2017, sixty-four (64) of these properties have been reassessed for hurricane damage.  Assessments show that thirty-two (32) properties are moderately damaged and able to operate now or in the near future.
– Twenty seven (27) properties have been severely damaged or destroyed, with serious to total destruction of structures including roofs, electrical and plumbing. Wi-Fi  is not available in most cases.

  • The properties that suffered moderate damage account for fifty one percent (51.4%) of the total room stock or four hundred and sixty-seven (467) guestrooms.

Tourist Activity
– Most natural sites have been assessed.  Access roads to these sites have been damaged and consequently tourist sites and natural attractions are currently closed until repair work is complete.
– Overall 35% of reefs at dive sites were damaged, particularly  sponges and softer corals above 45 feet. Currently all nine dive operators are closed for business and most will not be operational before January 2018. Upon resumption the number of dives per day will be reduced to ease the strain on the fragile reefs.  Kindly check in with your dive shop for more details.

Utilities
– The Dominica Water and Sewage Company (DOWASCO) has restored drinking water supply to 55% of its network and work is ongoing to restore pipe borne water to other communities.
– The Dominica Electricity Services (DOMLEC) has restored electricity to parts of the capital city Roseau, Portsmouth and are continuing restoration of electricity to other communities.
– Mobile phone service providers FLOW and Digicel have restored access to their mobile networks to a number of communities.  FLOW has restored 21 of its 49 mobile sites and land line phone service has been restored to parts of Roseau, Canefield, St. Joseph, Portsmouth, Morne Daniel, Mahaut and Pond Cassee.  Digicel has restored mobile service to communities in the north, south and west as well as Roseau, Portsmouth and environs.

Relief Operations
– Relief efforts are being coordinated by the Office of the Prime Minister through the Emergency Organizing Committee.

Detailed information on relief operations can be found at www.opm.gov.dm.

While some of our accommodations and sites have been damaged by hurricane Maria, our welcoming spirit has not been deterred. Many within the hospitality sector have regrouped and welcome voluntourism visitors.  If you are interested in such a visit to Dominica kindly contact our office.

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New Eco-Friendly resort in Dominica! Opening August 2011

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Introducing a Caribbean Treasure

Secret Bay, Dominica: The Ultimate Eco-Luxury Hideaway Is Now Open

 

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Secret Bay, Dominica – August 1, 2011 — Secret Bay, a newly constructed boutique property that embodies minimalist chic and eco-luxury, is now open on the pristine nature island of Dominica.  Demand is already high, with owners, couple Gregor Nassief and Sandra Vivas, having welcomed approximately a dozen guests since the resort’s June 2011 debut.

Situated on a cliff-top overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Secret Bay appeals to the discerning traveler with four exquisite villas and bungalows that provide a distinctive getaway experience.  Secluded villas encompass a spacious 2,500 square feet and include a large open verandah that’s ideal for enjoying the breathtaking views of the Caribbean and mountains.  High ceilings and abundant windows allow for plenty of natural light to enter during the day.  Each villa is also outfitted with an indoor/outdoor living room, bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms that feature free-standing tubs and dual vanities, fully-equipped modern kitchen, private pool or jacuzzi and pool deck, outdoor shower, hammock and fine linens.  High speed Wi-Fi, a Kindle with daily international newspapers, a state-of-the-art A/V system with iPod dock, Cable TV with DVD player and a personal library of books, music, board games and DVDs are standard in every villa and bungalow.  Two-story bungalows have most of the features of the villas and the same aura of exclusivity.  Additional villas are planned for later phases of development.

Distinctive services offered by this villa-style hotel include a full-time attendant and cook, organic food baskets and pre-stocked locally-grown foods all in the comfort and seclusion of the guest’s accommodations.  A concierge is ready to see to any need and the property’s air-conditioned ATV and driver are available for day excursions.   Further, guests are treated to a complimentary welcome dinner upon arrival, the beginning of the VIP experience. 

Nature lovers will marvel at the unique diversity of the unspoilt Secret Bay site, which boasts two secluded sandy beaches, a spectacular sea-cave, the magical Cario River and two distinct micro-climates.  Secret Bay offers a singular getaway experience in harmony with nature – fresh local organic food and endless adventures: from scuba-diving to whale-watching; hiking or biking to kayaking and swimming.  Reviews thus far have been superlative – in fact, a delighted initial guest summed up the Secret Bay experience as, “your total private paradise.”   

Secret Bay is one of the most eco-friendly developments in the Caribbean region. The entire site was painstakingly developed using green and sustainable practices to minimize environmental impact, with everything built meticulously by hand.  Indeed, the property seems to have risen from the very earth itself, as all structures are created entirely by sustainably sourced hardwood.  The owners have also embarked on an ambitious project to plant an abundance of flowers and trees on the property, including all the fruit trees native to Dominica.  As Mr. Nassief explains, “We believe in sustainable luxury – by offering exceptional comfort while looking after all that we love about Secret Bay.” 

Secret Bay expects to attract honeymooners and couples seeking a romantic getaway as well as individuals looking for a rejuvenating long-term break. Rental of the whole property is also possible (with accommodation for up to 10 people) for an intimate gathering of family and friends.  As the villas at Secret Bay are also available to purchase either fully or through a fractional ownership scheme, this is an excellent opportunity to own prime real estate in the undiscovered Caribbean.

About Secret Bay:

Located on the northwest coast of Dominica, this boutique eco-luxury development is just a ten-minute drive to the quaint town of Portsmouth and one-hour’s drive to the capital Roseau. The secluded villas and bungalows for purchase or rent were designed by award-winning Latin American architect Fruto Vivas, to maximise the natural beauty of Secret Bay and to minimise the impact on this pristine environment.

Secret Bay is a sustainable development – from the sourcing of the materials, the building methods, water and energy efficiency, to an ongoing commitment to the protection of this precious land.  Secret Bay also supports the local community through employment, the development of small-scale tourism in the area and setting-up a Community Development Fund.

About Dominica:

In a region saturated by tourism, Dominica remains one of the hidden gems of the Caribbean. It is dubbed the “Nature Island” due to its abundance of natural splendours: 365 rivers, the second largest boiling lake in the world, a lush rainforest, volcanoes, mountains, waterfalls, hot springs, and black and white sand beaches. Much of the island is protected under national parks, one of which has been given UNESCO World Heritage status. Dominica is a paradise for divers, hikers, birdwatchers and nature-lovers.

Despite being one of the largest islands in the Caribbean (754 sq. km), it is one of the least populated (72,660) (twice the size of Barbados, it only has one fifth of its population). It is also one of the few islands to have retained some of its pre-Colombian population.

Useful Links:

www.secretbay.dm  /  http://www.facebook.com/secretbay  /  http://twitter.com/secretbaydm  /  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g667237-d2104242-Reviews-Secret_Bay-Portsmouth_Dominica.html

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Alliouagana Festival of the Word, Montserrat. Nov 12-14, 2010

Dear Friends
 
In just about a fortnight from now we will be into the 2nd Alliouagana Festival of the Word which takes place from Friday November 12 to Sunday November 14, 2010.  We hope that as many persons as possible will find this Programme interesting and will try to find the time to attend and participate in all of the planned activities.  Attached is the Programme for the Weekend and you will note that the Pre-Festival Symposium on Thursday November 11 is in honour of the late Alphonsus “Arrow” Cassell.  Kindly help with getting this information to as many persons as possible.
 
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have further questions.
 
Sincerely
 
 
Gracelyn
 
Gracelyn Cassell
Chair
Steering Committee
Alliouagana Festival of the Word
c/o The University of the West Indies
Open Campus Montserrat
P.O.Box 256
Salem, Montserrat
Tel:               664 491 3924        / 2344 office
Fax: 664 491 8924

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Winair announces inaugural flights to Dominica's Canefield Airport

Contact: Marie Rosa/Candice Adams Kimmel

Monday, September 27, 2010

WINAIR ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL FLIGHTS TO DOMINICA’S CANEFIELD AIRPORT

**With a Close Location to Roseau, WinAir’s New Flights to Canefield Airport Give Travelers Even More Convenient Ways to Reach the Nature Island**

Roseau, Dominica – Discover Dominica Authority announced that effective October 19, 2010, WinAir will introduce new flights from Antigua to Dominica’s Canefield Airport, with nonstop flights three days each week.  With Canefield Airport only a five minute’s drive to Roseau, the new routing will make travel to Dominica from Antigua more convenient for many travelers.

“We are pleased that WinAir recognizes and has responded to the need for increased flights to and from Dominica.  These new flights provide early morning and late afternoon departures each way, allowing travelers in Antigua and Dominica to make day trips between the two islands.  Additionally, the late afternoon departure from Antigua affords Dominica bound passengers the opportunity to use Antigua as a connecting gateway, commented Mr. Colin Piper, Director of Tourism/CEO of Discover Dominica Authority.

WinAir will operate a 19-seat Twin Otter aircraft between Antigua (ANU) and Dominica (DCF)  each Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday commencing October 19, 2010 as follows:  

From Antigua to Dominica
Flight Number Departure Arrival
WM 381 6:30 AM 7:30 AM
WM 387 3:55 PM 4:55 PM
From Dominica to Antigua
WM 382 7:50 AM 8:50AM
WM 388 5:15 PM 6:15 PM

For reservations on WinAir, travelers from the United States should contact the booking center at 1-866-466-0410 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-866-466-0410      end_of_the_skype_highlighting. For more information on Win Air, please visit www.fly-winair.com.

Known as “the Nature Island” and located between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean, the independent nation of Dominica (pronounced “dom-in-eek-a”) is the largest and most mountainous of the Windward Islands, encompassing an area of nearly 290 square miles. Of volcanic origins with mountains reaching heights of nearly 5,000 feet, rainforests that are considered among the last true oceanic rainforests in the world, more than 365 rivers, waterfalls the second largest Boiling Lake in the world and pristine coral reefs, Dominica’s natural diversity is truly unique. Dominica is also home to the last remaining settlement of Indigenous People of the Caribbean – The Carib Indians. A place where man and nature live in harmony, adventurers and nature lovers alike will revel in the Island’s eco-tourism options which include scuba diving, snorkeling, mountain biking, kayaking, horseback riding, nature tours, hiking/trekking, whale, dolphin and bird watching, sailing and fishing.

Dominica continues to be recognized for its attributes and responsible tourism efforts, including being the first country in the world to receive Benchmarking designation from the prestigious eco-tourism organization Green Globe 21. National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destination ranked the island as the top sustainable island in the Caribbean and among the top ten in the world. Dominica was recognized by Islands Magazine and was included in its 2007 Blue List for being a leader in responsible tourism and ensuring an environmentally and culturally sound island for future generations. Travel + Leisure also announced Dominica as one of the most compelling destinations to visit in their 100 Greatest Trips 2008 edition. Most recently, Dominica was recognized as the 2nd most “pure island” in the world in the April/May 2010 issue of Islands Magazine.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 866-522-4057 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              866-522-4057      end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook.

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Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Arrow's Funeral on October 1st, 2010

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Persons Coming for Arrow’s Funeral
Increased Flights and a Ferry Service to be Organised(September 23rd, 2010 – Brades, Montserrat):  In anticipation of the significant number of persons that will be coming for the funeral on October 1, 2010 of Montserrat’s most-famous son Arrow, the Montserrat Tourist Board (MTB) wishes to announce increased access, both by air and sea, to cater to these travelers.  In addition to the regularly scheduled air services on Winair (www.fly-winair.com) and Fly Montserrat (www.fly-montserrat.com), several additional charter flights are being organised on Fly Montserrat.  The cost of a return ticket from Antigua on these special charters is US$250 per person.   Passengers can pay in EC$ or US$ cash or by credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover Card).   Travelers are also advised to limit the amount of luggage they will be bringing, as the aircrafts can only take a very limited amount of baggage.  Along with an increased number of flights, a return ferry service will also operate during the week leading up to the funeral on Friday October 1, 2010.  Further detailed information on dates, frequency and times of departure will be circulated, as soon as information is confirmed regarding the number of persons wanting to travel by ferry.Persons wishing to travel to Montserrat for the funeral, whether on the special air charters or by ferry, are asked to contact the Montserrat Tourist Board by email at info@montserrattourism.ms, by phone at (664) 491 2231, by fax at (664) 491 7430.  The following information would be required:          Name of person traveling          Number of persons in the travel party         Time and date of arrival into Antigua         Airline and flight no. arriving into Antigua         Time and date of Departure from Antigua         Airline and flight no. for departure from Antigua         Indicate whether desirous of traveling  by air charters or ferry          Accommodation in Montserrat where you will be staying
This travel information is necessary so that adequate return flights and ferry services can be arranged in and out of Montserrat during the period leading up to the funeral and afterwards. Persons are also asked to monitor the Getting Here section of the MTBs website at http://www.visitmontserrat.com/Getting_Here for updates on travel arrangements and also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/islandofmontserrat?ref=ts

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THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
 
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

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Dominica's Waitukubuli National Trail to Preview at August 29 summer event 2010

Contact: Marie Rosa/Candice Adams Kimmel

Thursday, August 19, 2010

DOMINICA’S WAITUKUBULI NATIONAL TRAIL TO PREVIEW AT AUGUST 29 SUMMER ADVENTURE AND HIKE EVENT

** The First Hiking Trail to Encompass the Entire Island of Dominica to be Showcased **

Roseau, Dominica – Discover Dominica Authority and the Waitukubuli National Trail Project (WNTP) will announce the official opening for the first two segments of the Waitukubuli National Trail at their Summer Adventure and Hike Event, Sunday, August 29.

Once completed, the Waitukubuli National Trail (WNT) will be the first and only walking trail that traverses the entire Caribbean island. The trail will run from the south to the north, with a distance of 115 miles. It will be divided into 14 different segments with levels varying from easy family hikes to longer and more challenging hikes. Each trail will offer breathtaking views of Dominica’s unspoiled nature, pristine waterfalls and lush rainforests.

The event will highlight on-going work of the WNTP, feature a series of activities including hiking events for children and adults, the unveiling of the first billboard promoting the WNTP and will end with a closing ceremony by the WNTP Project Management Unit.  The closing ceremony will be concluded with entertainment from Fanatik Band and Club DVD Sounds.

“With the Waitukubuli National Trail being the first hiking trail to cover an entire Caribbean island, promoting the trail will become one of the key marketing tactics we utilize to attract hikers from around the world,” comments Colin Piper, CEO/Director of Tourism at Discover Dominica Authority. “The trail was created to showcase the natural beauty and lush rainforests of our island, with this event designed to give visitors a better understanding of the WNTP.”

Activities will begin at 10:00 am and all races will be held on Segments 4 and 5 of the WNT, covering the community of Sylvania and the Emerald Pool. Following the competitions, activities will be held within Sylvania.

Known as “the Nature Island” and located between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean, the independent nation of Dominica (pronounced “dom-in-eek-a”) is the largest and most mountainous of the Windward Islands, encompassing an area of nearly 290 square miles. Of volcanic origins with mountains reaching heights of nearly 5,000 feet, rainforests that are considered among the last true oceanic rainforests in the world, more than 365 rivers, waterfalls the second largest Boiling Lake in the world and pristine coral reefs, Dominica’s natural diversity is truly unique. Dominica is also home to the last remaining settlement of Indigenous People of the Caribbean – The Carib Indians. A place where man and nature live in harmony, adventurers and nature lovers alike will revel in the Island’s eco-tourism options which include scuba diving, snorkeling, mountain biking, kayaking, horseback riding, nature tours, hiking/trekking, whale, dolphin and bird watching, sailing and fishing.

Dominica continues to be recognized for its attributes and responsible tourism efforts, including being the first country in the world to receive Benchmarking designation from the prestigious eco-tourism organization Green Globe 21. National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destination ranked the island as the top sustainable island in the Caribbean and among the top ten in the world. Dominica was recognized by Islands Magazine and was included in its 2007 Blue List for being a leader in responsible tourism and ensuring an environmentally and culturally sound island for future generations. Travel + Leisure also announced Dominica as one of the most compelling destinations to visit in their 100 Greatest Trips 2008 edition. Most recently, Dominica was recognized as the 2nd most “pure island” in the world in the April/May 2010 issue of Islands Magazine.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 866-522-4057 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              866-522-4057      end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.

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FlyMontserrat day trips in August 2010

7th August – Guadeloupe
Departs 0730 & Returns 1600 
US$150
 
14th August – Nevis
Departs 0730 & Returns 1600
US$150
 
17th August – Anguilla [for St. Maarten]
Departs 0630 & Returns 1600 
US$150

21st & 22nd August – Dominica  [overnight]
Departs 0730 on August 21st & Returns at 1600 on August 22nd
US$250

For more information and bookings call 664 491 3434 or email
<mailto:info@flymontserrat.com&gt; info@flymontserrat.com
 
Ishwar Persad
Marketing Manager
Montserrat Tourist Board
P.O. Box 7, Brades
Montserrat, West Indies
Ph: (664) 491 2230/8730
Fax: (664) 491 7430
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Winair announces new flight options to Dominica


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Marie Rosa/Candice Adams Kimmel

Friday, July 16, 2010

WINAIR ANNOUNCES NEW FLIGHT OPTIONS TO DOMINCIA

**WinAir Gives Travelers More Ways to Reach the Nature Island**

Roseau, Dominica – Discover Dominica Authority announced that WinAir has resumed their service between major Caribbean hubs and Dominica, making it easier for travelers to visit the destination. The regional airports servicing the flights to Dominica’s Melville Hall Airport (DOM) are St. Lucia’s George F L Charles Airport (SLU) and St. Maarten (SXM).

“We are extremely pleased that WinAir restarted their services to Dominica from St. Lucia and St. Maarten,” commented Mr. Colin Piper, CEO/Director of Discover Dominica Authority. “With these new flights being available throughout the entire day, the connecting times are ideal for US travelers to get to Dominica in one day without having to overnight in another destination and loose a day of their vacation.”

 WinAir will operate a 19-seat DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft from St. Maarten (SXM) to Dominica as follows:  

Saturday through Wednesday  – Depart SXM to DOM
Flight Number Departure Arriving
WM7101 8:00 am 8:55 am
WM7107 4:00 pm 4:55 pm
Saturday through Wednesday – DOM to SXM
WM7100 10:30 am 11:25 am
Thursday & Friday
WM7104 10:55 am 11:50 am

WinAir will fly a 19-seat DHC 6 Twin Otter aircraft from St. Lucia (SLU) to Dominica as follows –

Saturday through Wednesday – DOM to SLU
Flight Number Departure Arriving
WM7101 9:15 am 9:55 am
WM7107 5:15 pm 5:55 pm
Saturday through Wednesday – SLU to DOM
WM7100 9:30 am 10:10 am
Thursday & Friday
WM7103 9:45 am 10:25 am

For reservations on WinAir, travelers from the United States should contact the booking center at  1-866-466-0410  1-866-466-0410 . For more information on Win Air, please visit www.fly-winair.com.

Known as “the Nature Island” and located between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean, the independent nation of Dominica (pronounced “dom-in-eek-a”) is the largest and most mountainous of the Windward Islands, encompassing an area of nearly 290 square miles. Of volcanic origins with mountains reaching heights of nearly 5,000 feet, rainforests that are considered among the last true oceanic rainforests in the world, more than 365 rivers, waterfalls the second largest Boiling Lake in the world and pristine coral reefs, Dominica’s natural diversity is truly unique. Dominica is also home to the last remaining settlement of Indigenous People of the Caribbean – The Carib Indians. A place where man and nature live in harmony, adventurers and nature lovers alike will revel in the Island’s eco-tourism options which include scuba diving, snorkeling, mountain biking, kayaking, horseback riding, nature tours, hiking/trekking, whale, dolphin and bird watching, sailing and fishing.

Dominica continues to be recognized for its attributes and responsible tourism efforts, including being the first country in the world to receive Benchmarking designation from the prestigious eco-tourism organization Green Globe 21. National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destination ranked the island as the top sustainable island in the Caribbean and among the top ten in the world. Dominica was recognized by Islands Magazine and was included in its 2007 Blue List for being a leader in responsible tourism and ensuring an environmentally and culturally sound island for future generations. Travel + Leisure also announced Dominica as one of the most compelling destinations to visit in their 100 Greatest Trips 2008 edition. Most recently, Dominica was recognized as the 2nd most “pure island” in the world in the April/May 2010 issue of Islands Magazine.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at  866-522-4057  866-522-4057 . Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook.

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Jan Cure to perform at Dominica's World Creole Music Festival, June 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Marie Rosa

Thursday, June 10, 2010

JAH CURE TO PERFORM AT DOMINICA’S WORLD CREOLE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Roseau, Dominica – (June 10, 2010) – Jah Cure, one of reggae’s most revered voices and artists will be among the acts performing at Dominica’s 14th Annual World Creole Music Festival, which will take place October 29 – 31, 2010.

Iyah Cure, known as Jah Cure, is a Jamaican reggae musician who was given the name Jah Cure by Capleton, who he met while growing up in Kingston. His first hit debuted in March 1997 when he released the single, “King in this Jungle” which was a duet with Sizzla. He continued to release a steady stream of singles that won him popular acclaim. His top hits include, “Longing for Love,” and “True Relections,” plus he is the distinctive voice on Jason Maraz’s “I’m Yours (Remix).”

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Jah Cure to Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival,” commented Colin Piper, CEO/Director of Discover Dominica Authority. “Securing the appearance of such a popular reggae artist as Jah Cure raises awareness for World Creole Music Festival and his unique style of reggae will complement the traditional Creole music which this event celebrates.”

Highly anticipated by fans of this style of music throughout the world, the 14th Annual World Creole Music Festival will be held October 29 – 31, 2010. A well-established Caribbean and international platform for artists of the genre, the festival is widely seen as one of the only truly indigenous music events in the Caribbean. Over the years, the festival has attracted some of the most renowned musical groups and soloists from the Creole-speaking World. Past performances included premier acts such as Exile One, Kassav, Gramacks/New Generations, Tabou Combo, Swinging Stars, La Perfecta and others as well as solo artists like Sean Paul, Ophelia, Tania St. Valle, Sakis, Franky Vincent, Sweet Mickey and Maxi Priest. For more information visit www.wcmfdominica.com.

Known as “the Nature Island” and located between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean, the independent nation of Dominica (pronounced “dom-in-eek-a”) is the largest and most mountainous of the Windward Islands, encompassing an area of nearly 290 square miles. Of volcanic origins with mountains reaching heights of nearly 5,000 feet, rainforests that are considered among the last true oceanic rainforests in the world, more than 365 rivers, waterfalls the second largest Boiling Lake in the world and pristine coral reefs, Dominica’s natural diversity is truly unique. Dominica is also home to the last remaining settlement of Indigenous People of the Caribbean – The Carib Indians. A place where man and nature live in harmony, adventurers and nature lovers alike will revel in the Island’s eco-tourism options which include scuba diving, snorkeling, mountain biking, kayaking, horseback riding, nature tours, hiking/trekking, whale, dolphin and bird watching, sailing and fishing.

Dominica continues to be recognized for its attributes and responsible tourism efforts, including being the first country in the world to receive Benchmarking designation from the prestigious eco-tourism organization Green Globe 21. National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destination ranked the island as the top sustainable island in the Caribbean and among the top ten in the world. Dominica was recognized by Islands Magazine and was included in its 2007 Blue List for being a leader in responsible tourism and ensuring an environmentally and culturally sound island for future generations. Travel + Leisure also announced Dominica as one of the most compelling destinations to visit in their 100 Greatest Trips 2008 edition.

Most recently, Dominica was recognized as the 2nd most “pure island” in the world in the April/May 2010 issue of Islands Magazine.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at  866-522-4057  866-522-4057 . Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.discoverdominica.com or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook.