Mexican wholesale operators see great opportunities in the DR for tourism offers

Executives of the most important wholesale business travel and tourism companies of Mexico, valued the Dominican Republic, and especially the capital Santo Domingo, with great opportunities to visit, for having a complete offer of attractions and excellent connectivity with the countries of the region.

The main representatives of these travel companies completed a busy agenda of several days of tours of the Colonial City and inspections in the main hotels of Santo Domingo. They also visited Casa de Campo in La Romana and Punta Cana, La Altagracia, where they also participated in the DATE.

During a meeting at the Renaissance Jaragua Hotel, José Trawitz, general manager of Petra Operadora, highlighted the opportunities of Santo Domingo for the Mexican market in cruise tourism and the good connectivity that this city has as an offer in the Caribbean.

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Upon their arrival at the hotel complex, they were welcomed by Fabeth Martínez, director of the Santo Domingo Hotel Association, and Greicy Román of the Tourism Cluster, as well as by the president of Turenlaces and expert in event and congress tourism, Elizabeth Tovar, who showed part of the enormous potential of the capital city of the Dominican Republic with its large and modern halls for events, congresses and meetings.

Martínez, for his part, valued the importance of the Mexican market in the promotion of Santo Domingo as a tourist destination for its wide variety of leisure, culture, nightlife, history, gastronomy and MICE tourism.

The Fam Trip was organized by the director of the Office of Tourism Promotion (OPT) for Mexico, Carolina Pérez, with the support of the Tourism Cluster and the Association of Hotels of Santo Domingo (AHSD).

According to the director of the OPT for Mexico, this action is aimed at bringing Mexican operators closer to the Dominican Republic’s tourism offer in general, taking as a starting point the capital city of Santo Domingo, a direct destination from Mexico City.

He affirmed that for Mexicans it is very important to combine the option of culture and city in poles such as Santo Domingo, La Romana, Punta Cana and Samaná, after assuring that “the visit of this fam trip helps to position us as a complete destination, including ecotourism, nature, luxury, golf, events, congresses and incentives and others”.

He also highlighted the importance of this visit in showing the hotel, financial and commercial infrastructure, as well as the air, maritime and road connectivity, with easy access to all the complementary tourist destinations.

Adriana Hernández Nava, Sales Manager of Viajes Palacio, and representatives of Viajes El Corte Inglés (Mexico) were present as part of the delegation of wholesale travel executives from that nation.

Also present was Erick Laris, production manager of Operadora Punta del Este. This company specializes in incentive travel, conventions and congresses, with extensive experience in all destinations in the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Mari Carmen López, Charter and Tour & Travel Aeroméxico coordinator, and Roberto Maldonado, from Aeroméxico Vacations, also visited the event on behalf of Aeroméxico.

Arturo Javier Galicia, CEO of Concierge Travel & Life, and Miguel Galicia, CEO of Travel Shop Operadora, among others, also attended the fam trip of Mexican operators to the country.

The group’s visits and inspections of the city’s hotels began at the exclusive and historic Hodelpa Nicolás de Ovando hotel in the Colonial City, located on Las Damas Street, the first street of Nuevo Mundo. There they were received by Meicy Díaz de Garrido.

From this point, the delegation of Mexican operators learned first-hand about the historical experience of places such as the National Pantheon, Plaza España, Columbus Park, the Cathedral, the history of our Dominican rum at the Museum of Rum and a tour of the Dominican cocoa production process by visiting the Chocolate Museum, on the same Las Damas Street.

The inspections of the different services and exclusivities of Santo Domingo’s hotel offerings continued at the Renaissance Jaragua, Sheraton Santo Domingo and Barceló Lina hotels, concluding at the spectacular 21-story Catalonia hotel located on the Malecón in the capital.

Mexican market recovers almost 100%.
The director of Mexico’s OPT revealed that after the complete recovery obtained by the Dominican Republic as a result of the hard work of the Tourism Cabinet and recognized by the World Tourism Organization, the same has been accompanied by the rapid recovery of the Mexican market to almost 100 percent.

“We maintain right now the numbers we had in 2019 almost recovering to 100 percent, while between 2017 and 2019 we grew 56 percent, a market that has remained stable and growing steadily,” Carolina Perez specified.

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