New Local Government in Martinique Advocates Tourism Development as a Priority

On March 21st 2010, a new political team led by Mr. Serge Letchimy took the reign of Martinique Regional Council, a local government in charge of economic development.

Once elected President of the Regional Council, Mr. Letchimy appointed Mrs. Karine Roy-Camille Tourism Commissioner and President of the Martinique Tourism Authority.

Mrs. Karine Roy-Camille has more than twenty years’ experience in selling cruises as a director in a travel agency and has proved to be a dynamic and keen advocate of the cruise industry as the former President of the Martinique Cruise Tourism Association.

With the full support of the President of the Regional Council and her Board of Directors, Mrs. Roy-Camille has already started implementing a few measures in favor of the cruise industry such as:

•  Heavily investing on awareness campaigns to the importance of tourism development and nature preservation.
•  Working closer with the private sector
•  Revamping and restructuring the tourist product
•  Investing more money in communication to the cruise industry
•  Promoting and encouraging innovation

New attractions for cruise visitors

Discovering the Balata Gardens’ canopy on aerial paths

Located only seven miles from Fort-de-France, and very much appreciated by our cruise guests and nature-lovers, the Balata Gardens of Martinique now offer an incredible innovating experience to its visitors by allowing them to explore its luxuriant canopy while comfortably strolling on fifteen-meter high wooden bridges running over the tops of one hundred-year-old trees and giving a magical breathtaking aerial view of the garden, the bay of Fort-de-France and the Carbet Pitons.  The Balata Gardens are a real master piece and an internationally-renowned reference for the richness of its botanical collections.

Depaz distillery opens its “Château” to the public

Being one of the most visited venues by cruise guests, the Depaz Distillery has recently opened its plantation house to the public.

Surrounded by a well-tended park and beautifully nestled at the foot of the majestic and famed Mount Pelée, the plantation house of the former master shelters a precious collection of artifacts, archive documents, Creole costumes, and antique furniture. A real invitation to a wonderful voyage into the life of yesteryear! 

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