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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THI ItTHBBIDCE HERAID Friday, January 14, 1972 Tourist horde absence lends charm to Dominica By JOHN NIVEN ROSEAU It a poll were taken of visitors to the Carib- bean, asking each to name his favorite island, Dominica would not rate near the top but only because relatively few peo- ple as yet have discovered it. You can't rate an island you've never seen. This biggest of the British is- lands and most rugged of any that rim the Caribbean Sea be- tween Puerto Rico and Trini- dad got into the business of tourism only quite recently. Travel statistics issued by the Caribbean Travel Associa- tion show that Dominica was 22nd out of the 25 member countries, islands and island groups listed in attracting tour- ists in 1970. Excluding cruise ship passengers, only Bonaire, Montserrat and the Turks and Caicos Islands had fewer visit- ors. Still, the who did get to Dominica represented an in- crease of better than 50 per cent over the 1969 total and were twice the number who came here five years ago. The rise of Canadian interest more than kept pace. The Canadian visitors in 1970 exceeded the number for the two previous years combined, and accounted for 8.4 per cent of the year's total tourism against 5.2 per cent in 1969. The still relatively small number of tourists who come here (Barbados by comparison drew more than 150.000 visitors exclusive of cruise ship passeng- ers in 1970 and Antigua attract- ed more than is part of the island's charm. There is nothing "touristy" about Dom- Canucks travel at home OTTAWA (CP) Canada made less from foreign travel- lers this year, but more from Canadians travelling at home, the Travel Industry Association of Canada says. In a year-end statement by president F, G. Brander, the as- sociation says more Canadians travelled in Canada in 1971 Ihan in any year other than Centennial Year. As a result, the association says Canada's travel trade defi- cit should drop to 5165 million this year from million in 1970. Most provinces report in- creases in travel business, and increases are repoted in the numbe of facilities being built to accomodate tourists. 17 motor coach tours of Europe Fourways of London has 17 motor coach tours of Europe in 1972. They range from eight days to five capital cities at to 4B days, 15 countries, at The tours cover ev- ery country in Western Eur- ope, begin and end in London. Inica, which lies between the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique and can be reached from Canada by flying Air Canada or BWIA to An- tigua and changing there to LIAT for the short, onward is- land hopping journey. Although large by eastern Caribbean standards (it is about Ihree times the size of Antigua and nearly twice as big as Bar- Dominica covers only IVt times the area of Metropol- itan Toronto. Yet it contains within its borders mountains that rise nearly a mile above the surrounding sea and heavy rain forests which in parts have never been penetrated by man. The average annual rainfall, which tends to come in fast and heavy spurts rather than days-long drizzles, varies from about 78 inches in Roseau (Hal- ifax's annual precipitation is 56 inches, Vancouver's 57, Prince Rupert's 95) up to around 250 to 300 inches in the rain forests of the high mountain slopes. More than a quarter of the rain falls in July and August. Dur- ing the driest months Feb- ruary, March, April and May average precipitation in Ros- eau runs about the same as Montreal or Toronto during these months. Daily average temperature ranges between a low of 71 and a high of 88. The lowest ever recorded is 60, the highest 97 (Toronto's low and high records are 26 below zero and 105 above, Montreal's 29 below and 97 above, Winni- peg's 54 below and 108 above, and Vancouver's 2 and 02 Dominica, which shouldn't be confused with the Dominican Republic up near Cuba, is not a white sand beach island. If it were it would run away with the tourist business of the. Caribbean. Because its beaches arc most- ly of dark volcanic sand, it doesn't attract the kind of holi- dayer whose idea of a vacation is lying around the beach most of the day' burning his skin raw; although black sand beaches, it should be pointed out are every bit as clean as white ones. Neither as yet does it offer recreational and entertainment pursuits like golf aal night dubs normally associated with highly develop- ed resorts. The potential visitor by now may be wondering what the is- land has to offer the holidaycr? Tha answer is plenty. No- where else can the tourist more easily explore real live jungle without running the risk of dan- ger from poisonous plants, in- sects or reptiles. None of these hazards exist on Dominica, yet the jungle is so thick on less travelled trails that you require a machete to hack your way through. An easier method is to plan tours through a safari organization in Roseau. Since a guide is .required anyway this is probably the best approach. Besides the immense size of some of the plants (great fem trees, for example, up to 350 feet high) the safari tours will enable the holidayer to see fa- mous sights like Boiling Lake, a hot, often steam enshrouded body of water that is second in size in the world to one in New Zealand; and an emerald lake in the middle of the jungle that offers a story book set- ting for a fresh water swim- ming party. Fresh water swimming is either unavailable or not to be recommended on most islands because of the danger of bil- harziasis a common malady in the tropics contracted by swimming or wading in still or slowly moving waters. In Dominica, the heavy rains of the upper mountains keep the.river beds constantly flushed out and floating down- stream in some of the larger rivers is a delightful and relax- ing experience that has no counterpart in sea bathing. Unlike some island areas (Grenada's Grand Anse beach, for example) there is no con- centration of hotels in one re- gion in Dominica. This may be a little hard on the hotel hop- per but makes for a friendlier, more personal relations hi p among guests. There are only about a half- dozen hotels altogether in Dom- inica, all small in size, whose rates in winter run from U.S. single, double up to ?60 single, SUM double. These prices include all meals. Sum- mer rates are lower. Travel agents or the Dominica Tourist Board's Canadian representa- tives at 980 Yonge Street, Tor- onto, can provide further de- tails along with folders and spe- cific information on island ac- tivities. He explains new air fares but can you understand it? THE TOURISTS ARE FEW The clean black sand beaches of Dominica are never crowded but they are attracting increasing attention. Buried by sand for centuries Ancient Caesarea to emerge CAESAREA, Israel (AP) i King Herod the Great's Caesa- in this part rea_ buried ynder Mediterra. nean sands for centuries, is about to emerge as Israel's most exclusive beach resort. The builders will be the Cae- s a r e a Development Corp., headed by Baron Edmond de Rothschild of France in partner- ship with the Israeli govern- ment. Their aim now is to attract real estate developers, hote- liers, archaeologists and tour- ists. Caesarea has something for everyone, says Menahem Eyal, director of the corporation. The Rothschild family bought the Caesarea prop- erty from Arab owners in the 19li century to settle early Jew- ish pioneers. Of this area, acres still are available for development, Eyal says. Rothschild started the original development in 1962, selling seaside plots for "second-home" villas. He himself built a plush villa on a low rise overlooking tha Mediterranean and the Cru- sader city of Caesarea. The Caesarea corporation now offers quarter-acre plots from to BOUGHT HOTEL Rothschild recently brought the luxurious 120-room Caesarea Hotel into the Dan hotel chain, Israel's largest. The marble ed- ifice, overlooking the golf course, was built by Baron Rothschild in 1963 at a cost of TRAVELLING OUTSIDE CANADA? Your present medical and hoipilal insur- ance plan may pay only a portion of medi- cal and hospital expenses incurred outside Canada- The A.M.A. World Travel Service can now offer you an insurance plan that will reimburse you for medical and hospital expenses in excess of your provincial hos- pital and medical planl HOSPITAL MEDICAL CARE for newly landed IMMIGRANTS VISITORS TO CANADA Payi up la a day hoipitol benefit Payi your doctor from tha very fint visit Payi up to extended health care If you're planning to travel oulside Canada, or have friends or relatives planning to visit Canada, don't take chances on health or accidenls. "Bo Prepared" with a low cost in- turance policy from the experts at A.M.A. WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE 903 3rd Avu. Ltthbrldgt 37B-7921 or 318-1771 OfflM optn Monday thru Saturday a.m. to 3 p.m. Frn Parking at Riar of lulla'lna million. While some people be building in Caesarea, others will be digging. The Windblown Observers invited to Arctic Games WHITEHORSE, resentatives of the Government of British Columbia and the B.C.. Sports Federation 'are ex- pected in Whitehorse March 6th to Ilth to observe the 1972 Arc- tic Winter Games. Russia and Greenland had previously been invited to send observers to the games with a view to possible future partici- pation. While the B.C. group will not be looking at the event in re- spect lo possible participation, their visit will have a two-told purpose. They will be looking at the overall organization of the festival and seeking Yukon interest in their own B.C. Fes- tival of Winter Sports. The group is also expected to make a presentation to the Arctic Winter Games Corporation and the 1972 Arctic Winter Games Society regarding possible in- volvcmsnt of games partici- pants from all 'areas in the B.C. winter event. Plan stopover lour of Iceland Icelandic Airlines has a one- to 16 day excursion fare, round trip, New York lo Luxembourg. Passengers can stop over for tours of Iceland at for 24 hours, for 48 hours and for 72 boun. sands have covered ancient Caesarea and the exact plan of the Roman city is not known. Roman Caesarea had a hip- podrome with a race track, a IheP.ti-e and amphitheatre, a system of aqueducts and the trappings of a major port city. Dr. Robert Bull of New Jer- sey's Drew University, with a grant from the Smithsonian In- stitution, will lead a team of American and Israeli exacava- tors this summer, endeavoring to uncover the Roman dtys sewage system. Once this is discovered, Bull believes he will be able to map out the streets of King Herod's India airlines back to nonnal TORONTO All normal schedules on Indian Airlines do- mestic routes in India have been resumed, according to K. N. Kudesia, Director, Govern- ment of India Tourist Office, Toronto. Some of the airline's sched- uled services within the coun- try were disrupted earlier in the month, but have now re- turned to normal. VANCOUVER (CP) Con- fused by all those special rates for air travel? Gordon Young, regional manager of a travel agency, explained it all this way to a local service club. "You could pay regular, scheduled air fare, or, if you happen to fall into the age category, the youth fare, or even the senior citizen's fare. "You could go by charter. You could go on or off season or even in one of the 'shoul- der' months. You could lake advantage of a 21-day excur- sion, a 22-10-45-day special fare, or even i isveo- or eight-day package. "You could go with some- body offering an affinity or non-affinity group. If you didn't understand any of these tariffs you might decide on an ITC, a GIT or an FIT. "Having made the horren- dous decision of how to get there, you could still have the problem of wlrere to stay, what to do and how to do it when you arrive at the destin- ation." The solution: Call t travel agent. WHY NOT GO BY SHIP? STEAMSHIP SPACE IS NOW AVAILABLE! VANCOUVER TO HONOLULU January 26th February 24th February 2Slh HONOLULU TO VANCOUVER February 15th April 5th For all your Hawaii travel arrangement! call 1 R LAWSON TRAVEL OFFICES COAST-TO-COAST Marquil Hotel Bldg. Phone 327-4094 or 328-3000 The presses are rolling. Tax reform legislation has been passed by Parliament and is now law. What does tax reform mean to you? How will it affect you? To answer these questions, the Department is conducting a massive national mailing program. Booklets arc now being printed and mailed to all tax- payers as quickly as they come off the press. The complete mailing will be finished in about five weeks. All taxpayers will receive at least two "Highlights for Individuals" and "Valuation These should provide answers to most of your questions. Some taxpayers will receive additional informa- tion, according to their specific needs. Read your booklets. Afterwards, if you have questions, ask us. We'll be glad to help. You will find that your booklets will make it easier to file your income tax return in 1973, because they will help you to prepare now. NMtonal Ftovanu Ftewnus. national, Taxation Impot ;