Santiago will become a major tourist destination

Collado receives plaque of recognition from Expoturismo and Clúster Turístico de Santiago for his efficient management as head of Mitur.

At the inauguration of the 25th edition of Expoturismo in this city, the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, affirmed his commitment to make Santiago de Los Caballeros the great tourist destination of the northern region of the country.

Collado, who attended the opening of the event in the company of his MITUR work team and the Tourism Cabinet, received recognition from Expoturismo and the Clúster Santiago Destino Turístico for his efficient management at the head of the Ministry of Tourism.

As well as having coordinated the effective performance in the recovery of the country’s tourism in the midst of the pandemic, an action valued in forums and by international organizations.

The official proposed the creation of a tourism development plan for Santiago for bringing together the Heart City all the potential of tourist attractions that the region has together with the joy and warmth of its people.

He said that “having concentrated on the recovery of our sun and beach tourism in Punta Cana, where 50 percent of all the foreigners that the country receives arrive, now we have to take care of the essence, the beauty, our culture, our people and all that Santiago and all the Cibao has”.

As part of the plans to boost tourism in this city, Minister Collado announced the contribution of 50 million pesos for the promotion abroad of the attractions that the city Corazón has.

“I want to invite the head of the city, Mayor Abel Martinez, to receive us with the clusters and the different associations to make a tourism development plan, here, in Santiago,” he said.

“We are going to develop a joint work plan and the Ministry of Tourism is going to put 50 million pesos on the table to promote the city of Santiago at the international level,” announced Minister Collado after thanking the recognition given to him by the Santiago Cluster and Expoturismo in its 25th version.

He valued that what has been done with the recovery of tourism has been “something transcendental and spectacular” and that it has been the result “of what happens when Dominicans unite and embrace an issue such as tourism.

Present at the opening ceremony, Mayor Abel Martinez said that Santiago is already a tourist pole given the drive and development shown in recent years and that Expoturismo is a clear example of the hard work to achieve the growth of Santiago.

In the same aspect, Ramón Paulino, president of Expoturismo, highlighted the excellent air and land connectivity of the city in the contribution of more than 1,300 hotel rooms and endless riches in natural resources, ecotourism, history, culture and gastronomy.

To be held until Sunday, June 5, Expoturismo brings together hotel companies from all over the country, tour operators and more than 150 travel agencies, and the support of the clusters of the different provinces of the Cibao, informed Yomaris Gómez, executive director of Expoturismo.

Gómez highlighted the support of the Ministry of Tourism as official sponsor of the event and that it “embraces this project as one of its strategic allies”.

The inaugural ceremony of Expoturismo 25th Anniversary was attended by businessmen, government officials and representatives of the tourism sector of this city and the northern region, with the meeting point being the Convention Hall of the Gran Almirante Hotel.


Minister Collado received a plaque of recognition from the president and executive director of Expoturismo, Ramón Paulino and Yomaris Gómez; the marketing director of Hodelpa Hotels, Jessica Ajá and Ricardo Fondeur, president of the Council for the Strategic Development of Santiago.

One of the recitals in the distinction awarded to Minister Collado states that he has stood out “for the implementation of successful strategies, which today, with the support of the Cabinet of Tourism headed by President Luis Abinader Corona, and coordinated by him, are responsible for the sustained recovery of the confidence achieved and the security of foreign investment in Dominican tourism.


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