Woodford Hill’s Beach emerges victorious in Tourism Awareness Competition
Organizers of Tourism Awareness Month spearheaded by the Discover Dominica Authority awarded the Woodford Hill Beach Cleanup Committee, yesterday August 12th at Woodford Hill for the ‘Most improved clean beach” on the island. This follows a cleanup beach competition held in may 2010 geared at keeping Dominica clean and green in an effort to create a perfect attraction for visitors and locals alike. Ms. Kathleen Cuffy, head of product development at Discover Dominica Authority gave details about the judging aspect of the competition.
She said, “The four villages included in that competition includes Scotts Head Beach, Purple Turtle Beach, Calibishie Beach and Woodford Hill Beach. The before shots were taken prior to informing the village of what we were doing. We wanted to go to the beach when it was not cleaned to take before shots and after shots when it was cleaned.”
Honourable Gloria Shillingford, parliamentary representative for the Wesley constituency applauded the young people of the community for the high level of dedication displayed during the cleanup campaign.
“I am very excited about this accomplishment; our economy is largely dependant on tourism and as the saying goes, Tourism is everybody’s business and the people of the Westley constituency and particularly the Woodford Hill must ensure that we make tourism our business,” said Ms. Gloria Shillingford.
“You have the primary attraction for bringing in visitors into Dominica, “said the Minister of Tourism and Legal Affairs, Honourable Ian Douglas. He informed the residents of Woodford Hill that they hold the beacon for the best tourism asset in Dominica and added that due to the skill and knowledge that is being displayed by Dominicans in the tourism industry; other Caribbean countries are now duplicating the country’s model of community tourism.
“Big countries like Trinidad and Jamaica and all the other countries in the region are actually pumping millions of dollars trying to repeat and copy what Dominica has been able to achieve through community tourism. I want to tell you that you are on the right track and you should keep together, support each other and be together,” said Mr. Ian Douglas.