German journalists Edith Kresta and Petra Müller visited Dominica from January 23 29, 2018 on a rediscover Dominica press trip. Ms. Müller works with a number of newspapers in Germany and will share her story about Dominica in the “Die Welt’ newspaper which has more than 170,000 readers. Ms. Kresta works for the Tageszeitung Berlin with readership of more than 50,000 in the Berlin area.
The journalists were interested in meeting with Dominicans involved in voluntourism packages since these are of interest to the German market. The two journalists visited several attractions including the Indian River and Segment 11 of the Waitukubuli National Trail, two locations that are included in organized voluntourism packages.
They also had the opportunity to meet with Sen. Robert Tonge the Minister of Tourism and Urban Renewal and Colin Piper, Director of Tourism, along with a number of Forestry Officials. The group discussed the state of the tourism industry and Dominica’s plans to attract more visitors to The Nature Island.
As past visitors to Dominica, both Ms. Kresta and Ms. Müller indicated that it was heartwarming to see the progress made after Hurricane Maria.
“We had a very interesting journey on Dominica and some very important interviews with the Government Minister and other stakeholders,” said Ms. Kreta.”
“I have been touched by the damages on island, the damages of the trails and the trauma of many people. But on the other side we found a great optimism. People are excited to work at restoring Dominica,” she added.
Ms. Müller had a similar reaction to the extent of hurricane damage, particularly the Syndicate Trail.
While both admit that there is still work to be done, they applaud the fact that Dominicans seem eager to get the Nature Island back to her splendor. During their visits, both journalists also found time enjoy Dominica’s cultural product at the calypso Semifinals during Mas Domnik celebrations.