Dominica Update
Kimberly King (far right) with Dominican tourism stakeholders

Dominica Reconnects with French West Indies Travel Market

Discover Dominica Authority and a delegation of hotel and cultural representatives journeyed to Guadeloupe on July 28th, 2022, to increase the movement of people between the two islands and reconnect with a key source market for the Nature Island.

The French West Indies is a significant market for Dominica, according to the authority’s research. For the year 2019, this market generated 20% of tourist arrivals and 48% of stayover arrivals for the World Creole Music Festival in October 2019. The Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing travel bans, however, dealt a serious blow to the tourism sector in 2020. This resulted in decreased arrivals (approximately -51%) for this key market.

The Dominican delegation was therefore focused on regaining ground in this market and returning to its numbers before the pandemic. This was pursued at a two-part program at L’hotel Salako – Zenitude. The first part consisted of a press conference attended by key media houses such as France Antilles, Guadeloupe 1er, and RCI. The second part included one-to-one meetings, where members of the delegation met with some top travel agencies like Selectour Penchard Voyage and Navitour Voyages.

The Discover Dominica Authority and its partners sought to achieve three key objectives in Guadeloupe. They were to communicate the ease of getting to Dominica, its relaxed health protocols and what travelers can enjoy on the Nature Island. Second, announce the digital campaign that was launched with specific offers to this market for Summer and the World Creole Music Festival. Third, ensure key one-to-one meetings with travel agencies and hotel representatives to bring greater visibility to Dominica’s product and ultimately generate new leads and relationships.”

Kimberly King, Destination Marketing Manager

Photo credit: Stéphane JUMET