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In an effort to increase awareness of the tourism and hospitality industry’s economic, cultural and social contributions to our Nature Isle, Dominica — the Discover Dominica Authority, together with the Government of Dominican, and Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association has declared May 2010 as Tourism Awareness Month under the theme “Tourism is Everybody’s Business, Let’s Play Our Part“.

They have put together a series of activities planned to celebrate Tourism Awareness Month. These include Hike Fest 2010, WICB Cricket at the Windsor Park Stadium – South Africa vs West Indies, Creole & Jazz at Cabrits, and an Art Exhibition at the Old Mill.

Tourism in Dominica is everybody’s business, and we all need to play our part both by participating or attending the events. Let’s join in the salute to Dominica tourism industry. Click here to preview all the activities on the Tourism Month Calendar.

For more information about Tourism Awareness Month, contact the Discover Dominica Authority at (767) 448-2045

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And the Winner is!

A huge congrats goes out to Mei-Ling McNamara, the winner of the Discover Dominica Photo Contest.

Mei-ling’s Photo entry where shes exploring mother-nature was judged best by the Matador Team, who hosted the photo contest for the last 4 months.

Mei-Ling is a is a writer, photographer, advocacy journalist, and international development worker who is currently authoring a new travel guidebook to Senegal with Bradt Travel Guides.

For her winning entry, Mei-ling will be receiving an all expense paid trip for two to the untouched Caribbean island of Dominica. The trip includes airfare from the US or Canada and 5 days/4 nights at Calibishie Cove, one of Dominica’s premier hotels.

The only downside to the photo contest in my opinion was that the Matador Team should off revealed the winning photo and give a brief description as to why Mei-ling’s photo was chosen as the winner entry.

Hard luck to everyone else who entered, and congrats to Mel-ling.

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The Nature Island Hosts Cultural Events in Honor of Their Independence Celebrations

With a number of festive, authentic and traditional Creole events occurring throughout October and November, Dominica is giving travelers even more reasons to visit “the Nature Island.” In addition to its numerous nature based attractions and activities, the destination has planned some unforgettable events leading up to Dominica’s 13th Annual World Creole Music Festival, the social extravaganza of the year.

This is an exciting time of year for visitors to be in Dominica,” comments Colin Piper, Director of Tourism at Discover Dominica Authority. “It is when the heart and soul of our country, and who we are as a people are reflected through the events and festivities taking place. We welcome visitors to come experience this first hand and see and feel it for themselves.”

Heritage Day – October 25, marks Heritage Day, a day where villages are recognized and awarded for their uniqueness. Each year a different village is recognized. It is an opportunity to highlight individual, community and institutional achievements. This year, Dominica is recognizing the village of Giraudel Eggleston and Dominicans will roam their streets showcasing the town’s cultural music, dance and food.

Creole In The Park – On October 26 – 29, Dominica will hold their 7th annual LIME Creole in the Park, which was established for a daytime event during Dominica’s Independence celebrations. The four day event is held at the historic Botanical Gardens and features performances from local, regional and international artists. The event blends traditional Creole music with steel pan drums, with the delectable aromas of local cuisine.

World Creole Music Festival – Highly anticipated by fans of this style of music throughout the world, the 13th Annual World Creole Music Festival will be held October 30 – November 1, 2009. 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.

This year’s line-up includes but not limited to; acts from Swinging Stars, La Perfecta, Caribbean Vibes and solo artists; Sweet Mickey, Michele Henderson and Maxi Priest. Past artists have included such premier acts as Exile One, Kassav, Gramacks/New Generations, Tabou Combo and others as well as solo artists like Sean Paul, Ophelia, Tania St. Valle, Sakis and Franky Vincent.

Independence Day – On November 3, Dominica will celebrate its 31st year as an independent nation with an array of cultural events, parties, traditional music performances, folklore and dances. During this time, citizens and friends of Dominica unite to celebrate and reflect on the progress and development that has taken place over the years and to reaffirm their commitment to building a better future for “the Nature Island.” Many milestones have been reached over this period of 31 years and this is an opportunity to highlight, individual community and institutional accomplishments.

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