Fort Young staff dance to Pharrell's Happy

#HappyDominica: Fort Young releases Dominica’s first video version of Pharrell’s Happy


In recent months Pharrell’s song ‘Happy’ has become a global mega-hit song and spawned hundreds of versions from destinations around the world as far flung as New Caledonia, Madagascar and Paris. And with the release today of the Fort Young’s own version, the craze has now reached Dominica.

The video has been posted on Youtube and shared on social media with the hashtag #HappyDominica, encouraging people to share what makes them happy about the island, and thus spread the happiness even further. For us at Fort Young this video is a celebration of our staff, with everyone from receptionists to chef, security guards to the maintenance team taking part.

Of course any opportunity to dance will always reveal who has the best moves, and our Happy video is no exception. Have a look at the film and you’ll see that while everyone displays great rhythm and joy, some of the team stand out: in particular maintenance technician Alexis, who can be seen wining in slow motion, and Elvis Prosper, the security host who breakdances his way through the video. Even our Executive Chairman Gregor Nassief gets in on the act, showing he’s a mover and a shaker on the island in more than just business. ”The Fort Young team loves what they do and we wanted to find a fun and exciting way to bring out that passion for us to celebrate and for everyone to see,” explained Gregor Nassief. “Happy employees leads to happy customers – it’s contagious.”

The video is also a wonderful showcase for some of the hotel’s recent refurbishment, with the action taking place in some of our most celebrated locations, from the new fine dining Palisades restaurant to the private waterfall and iconic jetty more often used for guests heading off on diving trips or wedding photos. Viewers are also taken behind the scenes with some rarely seen shots from inside the laundry, offices and kitchens. “Given the amount of time work takes from our lives, we had better be happy and passionate about what we do!,” explains Avril Karam who is HR Manager and the driving force behind the creation of Fort Young;s Happy Video. “This was the perfect project to highlight that and the staff were absolutely fantastic from start to finish. This is really just the beginning as we aim to create and sustain this happy culture at the Fort Young.”

We’d love to know what you think, and help us spread some #HappyDominica vibes around the world by sharing the video or letting everyone know your own #HappyDominica moments on twitter or facebook.

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