The Dominican Republic, within the framework of the International Tourism Fair, Fitur, of which it is a partner country in this 42nd edition, has signed agreements with several Spanish and Dominican companies for more than 2 billion dollars.
David Collado, Minister of Tourism, expressed his satisfaction with the conclusion of these agreements and emphasized that “we are grateful for the confidence shown by the Spanish companies, to which the fact that the Dominican Republic is the country in Central America and the Caribbean that has recovered best in terms of tourism after the crisis caused by Covid-19 has undoubtedly contributed”.
Likewise, “it is the country that has been recognized as the one that has best managed the pandemic in the Region, with the highest vaccination rate in Central America-Caribbean and the only country in Central America-Caribbean that is breaking records in terms of incoming tourism”, he assured.
The Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic (MITUR) and Iberia renewed an agreement to promote the Caribbean country and improve connectivity with the more than 90 destinations to which Iberia flies in Spain and Europe. The agreement was signed by the Minister of Tourism, David Collado and María Jesús López Solás, Iberia’s Network and Alliances Commercial Director.
The renewal of this agreement between Iberia and Mitur includes a battery of actions through the airline’s communication channels such as the in-flight entertainment system, the Ronda Iberia magazine, its social media profiles and its website, www.iberia.com, among others.
In its winter program and until March, the airline has scheduled a further increase in its capacity, adding two more flights, reaching 13 weekly frequencies, which evidences Iberia’s commitment and commitment to this market and reinforces its leadership in Latin America.
The increase in flights is also accompanied by a greater supply of seats – nearly 270,000 seats per year – operated with Airbus A330-300 aircraft – with a capacity for 292 passengers – which includes the Premium Economy product and offers greater cargo space, and Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 288 seats.
The agreement with Viajes El Corte Inglés was signed by the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, and the CEO of Viajes El Corte Inglés, Jorge Shornenberguer, in the presence of President Luis Abinader, and will guarantee that more than 200,000 tourists will visit the Dominican Republic.
Likewise, at Fitur, the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, signed agreements with the travel agency, Rainbow Tours to encourage tourism from Poland, which will guarantee three weekly trips to Puerto Plata from the airports of Warsaw, Poznań and Katowice. It also reached an agreement with Eurowings Discover in order to encourage tourism from Germany, through flights to the city of Puerto Plata.
New investment destinations and tourism development
In addition, during the fair, the Dominican Republic, together with the World Tourism Organization, presented the country’s new tourist destinations in which there are already hotel projects under development and for which it is seeking foreign hotel investment.
The country is particularly interested in the development of three specific projects in the coming years: Costa del Ámbar, Miches and the relaunching of the Colonial City of Santo Domingo. In general, the three destinations highlight the idea that it is the perfect time to invest in the country, especially in these projects.
Record tourism year
2021 was a record year with the best December in the history of Dominican tourism with almost 730 thousand non-resident visitors, who left an investment of US$5,626 million and the recovery of 600 thousand jobs. This fact has been propitiated thanks to the good management of the pandemic and the security protocols established by the government of the country.
In the words of Luis Abinader, President of the Republic: “The tourism sector has never before taken on such an important challenge as that of managing a pandemic. With hard work, vision and drive we have been able to face this multidimensional crisis and reach a good port with great opportunities for the future”.