Award-winning Dominican ecolodge destroyed by tropical storm Erica

Award-winning Dominican ecolodge destroyed by tropical storm EricaJungle Bay in Dominica sustained catastrophic damage as a result of mudslides, and flooding from Tropical Storm Erika on August 27, 2015. All 43 guests, including children who were staying at the resort on the night of the storm, were returned home once it was safe. All Jungle Bay staff survived. However, the surrounding villages were significantly affected by this natural disaster. As a result, all former Jungle Bay staff have lost their livelihoods

In Brief
  • Petite Savanne, a nearby village where many Jungle Bay staff lived, suffered the greatest loss of life. One employee alone lost 13 relatives in the mudslides.
  • Jungle Bay won the 2010 Best in Personal Contribution to Responsible Tourism by Virgin Holidays Travel Awards.
  • Jungle Bay, its staff, and past guests have greatly contributed to those less fortunate in our community through a series of initiatives. These initiatives include thousands of dollars in support, volunteer time, and creation of infrastructure, continued support for the House of Hope home for disabled individuals, revival of libraries through Open Books Open Minds, mentorship of young entrepreneurs, general care, wellbeing and health initiatives, and overall contributing to the social development of the community.

Now it is Jungle Bay and its community that needs support. Ways to help the local community include

Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith
Jeremy Smith is the editor and co-founder of Travindy. He is a writer and communications consultant working for a more responsible and sustainable tourism industry. He is the author of two books, writes a fortnightly blog on responsible tourism for World Travel Market, and provides consultancy to a wide range of companies and organisations, ranging from National Parks to individual hotels and tour operators.

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