CORONA VIRUS UPDATE
Dominica’s Covid – 19 Active Cases down to 3
To further prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Governments have imposed travel restrictions. Consequently, many major airlines have suspended, reduced, or cut flights to affected regions. Airlines in the Caribbean continue to update on their services:
LIAT wishes to advise that the airline has extended the suspension of ALL passenger services until May 15th, 2020. All passengers booked during the period of suspension will have their bookings automatically cancelled. Once LIAT announces the resumption of services, passengers will be allowed to rebook via their Reservations Call Centre or Ticketing Offices.
Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Julie Reifer-Jones explained that extension of the suspension was based on a review by the Board of Directors and Executive Management of the airline. “Several destinations have extended their border closures and instituted strict travel restrictions which mean that passengers are unable to travel.” Mrs. Reifer-Jones noted that the airline was however still operating cargo flights to several destinations.
Please see the UPDATED COVID-19 WAIVER POLICY for more information. Passengers can check their bookings online at www.liat.com
Due to the extension of the lockdown by St. Maarten Government, WINAIR’s sales office and call center will remain closed until May 11, 2020.
WINAIR has discontinued all scheduled flights until further notice, but has the ability to perform charter services 7 days a week from 8am to 5pm, provided that the current protocols permit the requested flight.
For Charters please contact https://www.fly-winair.sx/private-charters.html. Winair advises customers to regularly check their website or our Facebook page, for updates on changes that may occur.
Post COVID-19, there will be changes to the protocols that destinations will need to follow. One critical area of
the visitor’s trip is the accommodation experience Discover Dominica Authority DDA through the Product Development Department and Quality Assurance Unit will be active along with other stakeholders to develop the local protocols to ensure that the destination offers a safe experience to the visitor. These protocols will be based on recommended guidelines from the Ministry of Health.
International Hotels unveil after Covid-19 measures
Marriott International became one of the first major hotel groups to outline how it plans to reassure guests of cleanliness in the age of the coronavirus: spraying guest rooms with disinfectant, sanitizing room keys, rearranging furniture in public areas to promote social distancing. In perhaps the biggest change, Marriott said it will use electrostatic sprayers with hospital-grade disinfectants to sanitize throughout the hotel. Besides guest rooms, the sprayers will be used in lobbies, gyms and other public areas. It said the cleaning agents used would be those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to kill all known pathogens.
Fresh on the heels of Marriott’s announcement of dramatic changes to hotel hygiene, hotel giant Hilton has revealed a new cleaning plan of its own. In a nod to the changing world of COVID-19, Hilton said it was launching a new program to deliver an “industry-defining” standard of cleanliness and disinfection in its hotel properties around the world. To do so, Hilton is partnering with RB. which makes Lysol and Dettol and will be consulting with the Mayo Clinic to develop “elevated processes” and staff training.
Airbnb’s Enhanced Cleaning Initiative for the Future of Travel
As governments handle the health crisis and begin to review restrictions in advance of reopening their communities for travel, Airbnb announced its Enhanced Cleaning Initiative, which includes the first overarching standardized protocol for cleaning and sanitization in the home sharing industry.
Other Airbnb Initiatives
While travel continues to be at an all-time low, and visitors are stuck at home with little to do, Airbnb is encouraging new and interactive offers. Airbnb Experiences are engaging activities designed by locals that go beyond the typical tour or class. And now you can host them for anyone, from anywhere. Log on to Airbnb and learn how you too can host an online experience. Do something exciting for someone with the support from Airbnb. https://www.airbnb.com/d/onlinehost
Airbnb is committing $250 million to put toward hosts who have been impacted by COVID-19, The Crunch website reports. https://www.cndenglish.com/business/airbnb-pay-hosts-250-million-help-cover-cancellations
GroupExpression, Discover Dominica’s marketing representative for metropolitan France, is working on developing transversal newsletters on different topics to provide content to the journalists. On the influencers side, we work on sharing creative and original stories to be shared on their social media using their pictures or videos.
#Facts | The situation in France
Journalists we are in contact with are requesting ideas, and topics that are not linked to Covid-19. If they cannot travel to create new content, they have to provide travel reportage to their magazines.
Others are pleased to work on developing itineraries for their future trips. Influencers are more sharing memories of their last trips and share support messages to their communities.
Coverage in the Press
Despite the current situation, the Destination continues to be covered and receive accolades in the Press. Following are a few excerpts and accolades received in the past months.
Conde Nast Traveler
Ali Wunderman, who was supposed to visit Dominica this April, included a mention of Dominica in her Condé Nast Traveler (UVM: 5,351,474) piece as a result of our pitching and media relationship. The piece, titled https://www.cntraveler.com/story/how-travel-has-evolved-in-the-50-years-since-the-first-earth-day calls out the ways that Rosalie Bay Eco Resort gives back to its community. The 20 Best Caribbean Islands to Travel to in 2020.
Kate Siber on her National Geographic book, titled “100 Hikes of a Lifetime,” the Waitukubuli National Trail” has been included! In the book, which was just published this year, Siber speaks to Dominica’s authenticity, rich culture, and unspoiled nature. Dominica is also the only Caribbean destination included.
Northern Dominica There’s a new luxury epicenter in the Caribbean: northern Dominica. Thanks to the debut of the new Cabrits Resort and Spa Kempinski Dominica and the reinvigorated (and expanding) Secret Bay, the area near Portsmouth has become a haven for luxury travelers in search of something new, something beautiful and something unforgettable.
16 Incredible Island Vacations to Fantasize About Right Now. By Thrillist Travel Updated on 4/15/2020. https://www.thrillist.com/travel/nation/best-island-vacations
Travel Industry News
The Discover Dominica Authority has launched Part 1 of a four-part series on topics that are relevant to the coronavirus pandemic. Historian Dr Lennox Honychurch discusses the historical context of past pandemics in Dominica and how the indigenous people – the Kalinago – among others in Dominica dealt with the situation at that time. Visit the Discover Dominica Facebook page under videos. https://travelindustrytoday.com/round-up-april-20-24-2020/ .
Visit our Facebook Page to view Part II of Dr. Honychurch’s historical context of past pandemics.
WTTC Rolls Out #TogetherInTravel Campaign to Inspire Global Tourism.
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is launching a new marketing campaign, #TogetherInTravel, aimed at galvanizing the global travel and tourism community and showing how the sector is a vital part of our zest for life.
Discover Dominica Authority participated in this significant travel campaign with a Face Book post on April 20 at 7:00 AM. Visit our page to view this post and tell us your most amazing travel stories. Let’s keep the spark of travel alive, together. We’re proud to be #TogetherInTravel. Discover Dominica Authority encourages you to Stay at home, and stay inspired. https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverDominica/videos/220650609377128/
UNWTO Leads Call for Firm Action by Governments to Support Tourism Recovery: Words Alone Will Not Save Jobs”:
The Global Tourism Crisis Committee has united behind the World Tourism Organization’s rallying cry for governments to “go beyond words” and begin taking decisive action to safeguard the millions of jobs under threat as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
CHTA Keen on Helping the Region Prepare for Post-Coronavirus Future:
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is equipping the industry to cope with its immediate challenges while preparing for the eventual return of tourists to the world’s leading tropical playground.
CHTA also offers Live resilient series and weekly Covid – 19 Updates to Industry professionals. Visit CHTA’s website for details. http://www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com/
For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.
About Dominica: Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-EEK-a, and not to be confused with the Dominican Republic) is a haven for adventure travelers seeking a unique vacation that includes: hiking and adventure, cultural events/festivals, diving and water sports, whale/dolphin watching and canyoning adventures. Dominica lies south of Guadeloupe and north of Martinique in the Eastern Caribbean. Air travelers can connect to Dominica on Air Antilles, Air Sunshine, Coastal Air Transport, interCaribbean Airways, LIAT, Seaborne Airlines, or WINAIR from the surrounding hubs of Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St Lucia, the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. If travelling by sea, travelers can connect to Dominica on L’Express des Iles ferry service from Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Lucia and on Val Ferry from Guadeloupe and Martinique.