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About the DHTA 

  • The Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association (DHTA) was first formed in 1972. For more than three decades the organisation has been fostering and promoting tourism in Dominica.

 

DHTA Board of Directors for the year 2013-2014

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President –Jonathan VidalJon hails from Salisbury, Dominica. He is the owner-operator of Jon Vee Tours ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and has been showing the Nature Island to visitors for the past 24 years. His extensive experience in the tourism industry and firm belief that “tourism is everybody’s business” has enabled him to serve with commitment as a Past President of the Combine Taxi Association and Secretary of the Dominica Taxi Association. This is his second time as President of the DHTA, as he previously assumed this position for two years from 2007-09. A detailed overview of his vision for tourism in Dominica is found on the back page of The Chronicle newspaper on Friday November 29, 2013.

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Vice President – Renée Whitchurch-Aird DouglasRenée spent a number of years studying abroad in Toronto, Canada; Geneva, Switzerland; and Miami, Florida. When she was completing her business degree in Miami, she participated in a variety of cruise-related trade shows and meetings on behalf of her company, H.H.V. Whitchurch & Co. Ltd. ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for about eight years before coming ‘home’. She is a certified insurance specialist and a member of the Steering Committee for the Dominica Tour Operators Association. This is her fifth year on the DHTA Board, as she has previously served as a Director (2 years), Secretary (2 years) and is Vice President this year. She continues to be a key organizer of the National Tourism Cocktail and Experience Dominica magazine subcommittees. 

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Secretary – Gwenith Whitford is a Canadian expatriate who has lived on Dominica for over 15 years. As an author, she has written extensively about the Nature Island in local, regional and international mediums. Her compilations of the first eight issues of Dominica 100+ Things to Do (2003-11) provided her with opportunities to completely familiarize with all of Dominica’s attractions. She is currently Editor of the DDA’s Tourism Update and is writing an e-book through her popular blog, Ti Domnik Tales. This is her second time on the DHTA Board, as she served as a Director in 2008-09. She is passionate about promoting the Nature Island to the world.

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Treasurer – Vanessa PrevostVanessa is from the capital, where she was recently elected to the Roseau City Council. She received an undergraduate degree in agribusiness management from the UK and masters degree in world heritage from Italy. Since returning ‘home’, she has been very involved in environmental conservation projects, Dominica’s growing organic agriculture movement and other sustainable initiatives. She has previously served as President of DOAM (Dominica Organic Agriculture Movement), among other positions. She is currently the Manager of the Prevo Cinemall in Roseau, which contains conference facilities and two restaurants ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). She is delighted to be on the DHTA Board for the first time and feels strongly that tourism is important as so many different businesses are indirectly dependent on visitor expenditures in order to survive.

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Immediate Past President/Director – Yvonne ArmourYvonne is a Dominican and CARICOM National, who from a very early age was involved in her family’s hotel and tourism businesses. She has spent most of her life off island, studying (including formal education at the prestigious Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland), living and working in Europe and across the Caribbean. About three years ago, she returned to Dominica to take up the position of Managing Director/CEO of Anchorage Ltd. ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Her almost 40 years of tourism-related experience is extensive and includes the launch and management of Dominica’s first UK-based overseas tourism office, which served the British and European markets. As a Tourism Advisor to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Yvonne has managed externally-funded regional tourism development projects, and works as a certified AH&LA Hospitality Educator, CTO-endorsed Regional Master Trainer and Hospitality Assured Advisor. Previously, she was a Director of the DHTA from 2010-11 before being elected President for the 2011-13 term. Yvonne will continue to serve the DHTA membership by focusing on projects to facilitate the institutional strengthening of the Association.

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Director – Daniel NunezDaniel is originally from Sweden but has been in and out of Dominica for the last 20 years. The last 11 years he has lived here fulltime. He is the Manager of Hibiscus Eco Tours, which includes the Trolley Train, river tubing, and sightseeing tours for the cruise industry. He is also involved with the Hibiscus Valley Inn in Concord. Daniel has a degree in Marketing from the Gothenburg School of Economics and Commercial Law in Sweden. This is his second consecutive year on the DHTA Board as a Director. His interests focus on the Access, Marketing and National Tourism Cocktail Subcommittees. During his many years in both the cruise and the hotel sectors, Daniel has acquired knowledge that he feels can be useful to the industry as a whole.

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Director – Daryl AaronDaryl hails from the mountain village of Cochrane. She has spent many years in the tourism industry in the Caribbean region and has also lived and worked in London. Her career has involved positions at the Hilton Trinidad; the Jalousie Hilton in St. Lucia, as well as the former Castaways Hotel on Mero Beach. She has also assumed various roles at the Anchorage Hotel over a 10 year period, including Operations Manager of Dominica Tours and Manager of the Anchorage Whale Watch & Dive Center. She is currently Resort Manager and Human Resources Manager at Rosalie Bay Resort/Beverly LLC. This is Daryl’s first time on the Board and she is excited about making a contribution to help build Dominica’s tourism product, as the hospitality industry is her passion.

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Director – Hervé NizardHervé is a French national who lived in Guadeloupe for 20 years. He relocated to Dominica in 2007. His business background is centred on flying and an association with two air charter companies: he was a pilot and owner of Air Tropical in Guadeloupe and Manager of Transcaraibes in St. Barth’s. In Dominica, he is the owner and developer of Citrus Creek Plantation (and Riverside Café and Lodges) ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) in Laplaine. He is also the Manager of Sustainable Earth Inc., a renewable energy and energy efficiency company in Dominica. This is his second consecutive year serving as a Director on the DHTA Board. It should be no surprise that he is the Head of the Air Access Subcommittee.

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Director – Tanaquil PfundTana is originally from Switzerland and has lived in Dominica for eight years. She has been a graphic designer for 20 years who also has a tourism-related business on the Nature Isle. Her company, called 4x4 Adventure Tours specializes in experiences that are “off the beaten trail.” She has a chambre d’hotes rental in Laplaine as well (http://vanillvaness.e-monsite.com/ ; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). She has served as a Director in 2010, 2011 and again this year, and is an active participant in Hike Fest, National Tourism Cocktail and Experience Dominica magazine subcommittees, among others.

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Office Administrator – David ThornhillDavid has been the face and voice at the DHTA Office since 2008. He is very keen on the tourism and hospitality industry as he has an Associate Degree in this specialty from the Dominica State College. He is currently furthering his studies through the Anglia Ruskin University online programme by working towards a BA (Hons) in International Hospitality and Tourism Management and has been elected as Course Representative of that faculty. He is also an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Roseau. He helps the Board with a variety of administrative matters and can also provide assistance to you when you visit the DHTA Office at 17 Castle Street. You can also call him there at 440-3430 or 616-1055.

 

 

Mission

The DHTA's mission is to promote tourism and related services as a critical sector in Dominica's economic development and to work closely with all stakeholders to create and sustain an enabling environment that will support Members' efforts to improve the standards of their products and the quality of their services.