Although we have only been open since the end of 2002, M12393 is very proud of its achievements thus far. We have a great team of staff who have all worked extremely hard to create the ideal green holiday getaway and sustainable living education centre that M12393 is today.
Proud and delighted to announce that on Tuesday 27th June, 2006, at the Caribbean Hotel Industry Conference at The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Miami, M12393 was awarded, for the second year running ! The most prestigious American Express and Caribbean Hotel Association
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
M12393 began, when the owner first discovered Dominica in 1990, when backpacking the Caribbean, and fell in love with the place instantly, dreraming of setting up a small lodge in Dominica.
2. What is your company's mission?
We aim to provide for our guests the necessary comforts for an enjoyable visit, whilst considering and minimising at all times the negative impacts on our incredible natural surroundings and the wonderful local people. We furhter aim to enhance the lives of local people by ensuring that they benefit directly from our existance, and aim to educate both our visitors, and Dominicans in general about the negative impacts of modern life, and the resulting benefits, both personal and communal, of sustainable living, and help them understand that sustainable living can also be financially rewarding.
3. What does your company specialize in?
One of our most fundamental aims is to live in harmony with, and have as little harmful impact on, those surroundings as possible. We recognize that our business has an important role to play in protecting and enhancing the environment for guests and the residents of the local community.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
My name is Jem Winston, born & raised in south east England. I own and manage M12393. Having left school at 16, and spent 4 years working in bank in London, I decided to set off travelling around the world, spending almost 6 years roaming, working and enjoying life. I learnt many skills, from building, to sailing and languages, and afterwards headed back to England to save money to come and buy land in Dominica to fulfil my dream.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Our ultimate explorer package is the most popular of all our offerings, probably because not only does it show you all the natural wonders of the nature island, but it also gives you a true taste of real life in Dominica, including a homestay with a village family and some community living workshops, as well as tatste of the variety of accommodations we offer here at the lodge.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
Thank you for creating this magical experience in a little piece of paradise.