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marie claire at Ocho rios

Dominican-born, Bronx-reared, Hip-Hopera artist marie-claire is the only regional performer outside of Antigua to perform at the two-night Love Is All We Need concert at the Sugar Ridge Hotel which takes place June 19th and 20th. On the first night, dubbed “Queens of State,” she will join Antiguan singer Shermain Jeremy as the opening act for headliner Faith Evans, the Grammy-winning, RnB powerhouse from the US. marie-claire will also be present at several pre-concert press events, including an in-store reception at Colombian Emeralds.

According to Director of the US Tourism Team Derede Samuel-Whitlock, marie-claire brings something new and fresh to the mix.

“Overall we want to create something entirely different from the existing festivals that currently exist throughout the Caribbean. In addition, the artists will become in involved in volunteerism, and do some charity work. I believe marie-claire has the right personality and image for the entire experience.”

The Father’s Day weekend event will coincide with the fourth annual Destination Wedding ceremony. New York couple, Doug Singer and Charmaine Bennett will wed in the Caribbean’s premier romance destination, during Antigua’s official month for romance. Upon arrival on Friday June 18th, they will select their rings at Colombian Emeralds accompanied by tourism officials, members of the media and performers including marie-claire. The lucky pair will wed the following day at 6 pm during a private ceremony at Sugar Ridge’s Carmichael’s Restaurant; after which there will be a Vegas-style procession to kick off the concert!

On June 20th, Father’s Day, renowned actor, and director Malik Yoba of Why Did I Get Married Too fame will host the “Men of Soul” concert featuring Ginuwine (another RnB great), and local artistes Kenne Blessing and the legendary King Short Shirt.

Both nights will feature several romance-themed activities including “a kissing booth, where couples will be photographed while kissing; cooking demonstrations with Malik Yoba making aphrodisiacs with a local chef; as well as cultural performances.” says Samuel-Whitlock.

Love is all we need replaces the Romantic Rhythms concert which pulled in up to ten thousand visitors in 2008. When asked about turnout at the 1300-capacity Sugar Ridge hotel Ms Samuel-Whitlock.states “Clearly, the theme of romance resonated with Romantic Rhythms and there is significant potential to build brand equity. We also know that bookings for the month of June are particularly strong, especially with honeymooners, so we will also appeal to the visitors who are already here. We also believe that marie-claire will help bring out the large Dominican following in Antigua and Barbuda as she did during her performance at Russell’s earlier this year.”

Fans can look forward to several songs from her debut album the dreamland project which will feature operatic renditions of reggae standards as well as some original pieces.

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photo of Logos hope on the open sea

Logos Hope, the world’s largest floating book fair, will soon visit Roseau, Dominica on her maiden voyage to the Caribbean. Replacing the previous ship Logos II which last visited Dominica four years ago, this much larger vessel has been designed to give visitors a truly memorable experience.

Logos Hope will open to the public at the Cruise Ship Berth in Roseau, Dominica on May 22, 2010 and will be open through May 30, 2010. The ship is also expected to dock at the Woodbridge Bay Port on May 25.

Logos Hope features a fully air conditioned deck that is open to the public to explore. From the Welcome Experience, to the International Café ice cream, drinks and snacks there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy. Logos Hope also brings an expanded selection of over 7,500 books that covers a range of subjects including science, sports, hobbies and religion. Don’t miss the brand new Journey of Life exhibition which invites viewers to consider the choices we all face along life’s journey.

The all-volunteer crew and staff comprise of around 400 people representing 45 different nations who offer a unique example of unity in cultural diversity. Logos Hope is operated by GBA Ships e.V., an international, charitable organization registered in Germany. In almost 40 years of service, the organization has welcomed 40 million visitors up the gangways in over 160 countries and territories around the world. The ship is hosted in this region by OM Caribbean – www.omcaribbean.com

A quick visual introduction to Logos Hope

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Dominica mountain view

Dominica’s Morne Trois Pitons National Park can be described as a Luxuriant natural tropical forest in harmony with volcanic features of high scenic appeal and scientific interest.

The park is also known for its diverse flora with endemic species of vascular plants, its volcanoes, rivers and waterfalls, illustrating ongoing geo-morphological processes with high scenic value.

Morne Trois Pitons National Park was also the first designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Caribbean in 1997.

It was also the first of the islands’ National Parks to be legally established, in July of 1975, by an act of parliament.The Park is 13.4 km long by an average of 5 km across and covers the southern end of the mountain backbone of the island.

Morne Trois Pitons National Park was named after its highest point – a 1,437m volcanic stub, includes large tracts of the most extensive undisturbed tropical forest in the Lesser Antilles and the headwaters of most of the major streams and rivers of southern part of Dominica.

Dominica River

Its range of five volcanoes contains a rare combination of precipitous slopes and deeply incised valleys, the richest biodiversity in the Lesser Antilles with freshwater lakes, 50 fumaroles, hot springs, a boiling lake, and spectacular scenery.

Dominica vegetation

Other outstanding features of the site include the Emerald Pool fed by the Middleham Falls, Stinking Hole, a lava tube in the middle of the forest; The Boiling Lake, a 200-foot-wide flooded fumarole with grey-blue water that bubbles; Titou Gorge, a small waterfall located in a water-filled Gorge near the boiling lake, and the Freshwater and Boeri Lakes, separated by Morne Macaque.

Dominica's Boiling Lake

Morne Trois Pitons National Park is by no doubt, one the most highly scenic tracts of undisturbed tropical forest in the Lesser Antilles. Its no wonder Tourist numbers are increasing every year. Approximately 10,000-15,000 visitors a year walk to the Emerald Pool, and another 2000 make the 6 km hike to the Boiling Lake from Laudat village.

Morne Trois Pitons Trail

Come explore Dominica’s Morne Trois Pitons National Park, and you will discover a number of ancient trails or footpaths, cross the Park roughly east-west between mountains or north-south along ridges. Some of which were used in the recent past before roads to the east were completed in 1960 for access to Roseau and by hunters. Now used for sightseeing such as to the Valley of Desolation, for trekking, cycling and riding. Canyoning and much more.

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