The Dominican Republic continues working to become the cruise hub of the Caribbean region. With this objective in mind, a delegation led by the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, and the president of the National Association of Hotels and Restaurants (Asonahores), Rafael Blanco, attended the Seatrade Cruise that is being held these days in Miami (Florida, USA).
During this event, dedicated to the cruise industry, the Minister of Tourism has announced that the Dominican Republic will host the next meeting of the World Cruise Federation, to be held in September. “We have received this recognition for how booming we have been in the cruise sector, and last month alone we received 100,000 cruise passengers,” Collado stressed.
The minister has insisted that cruise tourism is a priority for the country and revealed that part of the Dominican Republic’s promotional strategy is geared towards this segment. For this reason, a public-private committee has been created, of which the National Association of Hotels and Restaurants (Asonahores), APORDOM, the Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC) and, of course, the Ministry of Tourism are members.
“We seek to optimize the funds of the Dominican Republic. We decided to make this committee to receive tour operators and ensure that the country has more charter flights, mainly for cruise areas, such as Puerto Plata and Samaná,” Collado detailed.