President Luis Abinader led the opening ceremony of the Katmandu Park theme park in Punta Cana, La Altagracia province.
Katmandu Park is the most modern theme park in Latin America. Its opening is scheduled for March 15, 2023, with tickets on sale now.
At the event, David Collado, Minister of Tourism, affirmed that the Dominican Republic has the first amusement theme park in the entire region, with an investment of US$80 million, which is evidence that a tourism diversification plan is being carried out.
This event was a historic event that marks one of the most important economic investments made by the hotel chain Meliá Hotels International, together with its partner Falcon’s Beyond, in the Dominican Republic.
Gabriel Escarrer, CEO of Meliá Hotels International, said that the theme park consisted of a first phase with an investment of US$80 million and a second phase with an investment of US$90 million, for a total investment of US$170 million.
He said that in the first phase, Katmandu Park will have more than 400 direct jobs and in the second phase, there will be about 200 jobs, for a total of 600 jobs.
Paradisus Punta Cana
The head of state also participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the reconstruction of the Paradisus Punta Cana hotel and inaugurated the Falcon’s Resort hotel.
Minister Collado explained that the investment of Paradisus Punta Cana will be 200 million dollars, which is 11.2 billion pesos, and that it will have 1,200 rooms.
He indicated that this is in line with the thoughts of the Tourism Cabinet to promote foreign investment in the country in 2023.
He assured that the administration of President Luis Abinader has been a driving force to promote investments in the nation.
He pointed out that this first step is a sign of confidence that, not only are figures and records, but that what they are showing are actions that are benefiting the Dominican workers who benefit from this industry.
It is worth mentioning that the current hotel will be demolished tomorrow to build “the most modern and sustainable hotel in the Caribbean”.
Gabriel Escarrer Jaume, CEO of Meliá Hotels International, said that this is a special day for Meliá, that this investment in the Dominican Republic would not have been possible without the full support of President Luis Abinader.
“From the beginning, I have set this country as an example for its great public-private collaboration.”
He assured that in the 47 countries in which Meliá is present, he always puts the Dominican Republic as an example for being the country that has best known how to manage COVID-19.
“Month after month, records are being broken with the arrival of tourists, in addition to putting in quality and value everything that this wonderful country has,” he said.
He commented that this hotel will undoubtedly be the best in the Caribbean, as it will be an example of quality, sustainability and a benchmark in terms of luxury.
He recalled that he promised President Abinader that Meliá and its partners would invest more than 400 million euros and that they would create more than 3,700 jobs and that this will be fulfilled during his term of office.
Inauguration of the hotel Falcon’s Resort by Meliá
After the ribbon cutting to inaugurate the new Falcon’s Resort by Meliá, carried out by President Abinader, Escarrer explained that the new complex is a combination of a hotel where it will be closely linked to the Kutmandu Park amusement park so that the client who visits it will be able to enjoy the attractions of the park.
“What we want is that the amusement park continues in the hotel, accompanying the client during the next 24 hours he will be with us,” he said.
He also explained that there will be many themes of experiences, as well as associated technologies between the hotel and the park, which for them is something very different from what the Dominican Republic has today in terms of tourism, that is, both the hotel and the park have very different standards to the existing tourist offers.