Dominican Republic Sets World-Class Example for Responsible Tourism During a Pandemic

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili commended the country’s responsible recovery efforts during a recent visit

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili publicly commended Dominican Republic for the travel and safety protocols the country has put in place to help ensure visitor’s safety amid the global pandemic.

The Secretary-General, who was on vacation in Dominican Republic, took time to visit the government house, greet President Luis Abinader and Minister of Tourism David Collado, and learn about the country’s measures that support a safe and responsible tourism recovery strategy. In a series of tweets following the meetings, Pololikashvili remarked that the country is proof that you can travel responsibly.

“Today, the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, informed me first-hand about how the Dominican Republic protects tourism for the country’s recovery. An example to follow, safe tourism is possible!” said Pololikashvili.

“The fact that the World Tourism Organization’s Secretary-General chose Dominican Republic as the destination for his first family vacation is a sign of confidence, a sign that our rigorous work and respect for security protocols create trust among the international community,” said David Collado, Dominican Republic’s Minister of Tourism. “With its sanitary protocol, equipment, security, and infrastructure, the country is prepared to receive tourists.”

Secretary Pololikashvili praised the Dominican government’s commitment, recognizing that it’s not easy to balance economy and health, and stressed that the country is an example to follow. “We have seen with our own eyes that Dominican Republic is a safe country,” said Pololikashvili, while he described the country as a paradise for tourists.

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