The Minister of Tourism, David Collado, informed travel agencies in New York of the future steps and plans for the development of Miches, in El Seibo, with an investment of US$1 billion, for which agreements have been established with several businessmen of the hotel industry, among which are: Frank Rainieri, Rafael Blanco and Gustavo Cisneros.
The meeting was held to highlight and thank the effort made during the last 10 years by the country referred to Dominican tourism, since “New York is the most important market for the Dominican Republic, representing 30% of total visitors from the United States”.
Collado explained that the objective is the creation of an organized tourist destination that starts with the investment by the private sector, together with the initiatives of Pedernales and Bergantín, in Puerto Pata, the tourist development of Miches is part of a strategy of tourist diversification that is based on the principle of conservation, the attraction of foreign investment, the increase of the added value of the tourist, but above all the creation of employment and population mobility.
“The pandemic posed great challenges for the Dominican Republic’s tourism sector. Now, two years later, we have been able to not only recover, but also build a stronger tourism sector thanks to the support of our partners present at this event, as well as many others around the world and, of course, our health strategy. I am delighted with the growth we are seeing, and I look forward to welcoming many more visitors to our beautiful country in the coming years,” he said.
Meanwhile, the technical vice-minister of Tourism, Jacqueline Mora, said that since the pandemic, the Caribbean country has positioned itself as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations, demonstrating that with effective sanitary protocols it is possible to guarantee the safety of tourists and support a healthy tourism sector.
¨Thanks to an integral strategy based on four fundamental pillars: participation, which consisted of everyone being able to make decisions together; monitoring of the environment, we monitored what was happening with all the countries to be able to change (the strategy); monitoring of quality, which was aimed at ensuring that the protocols were complied with, that the hotels and the streets were safe; finally, that of efficiency because there were few state revenues and with a lower budget we had to demonstrate that it was possible, and so it has been¨, he said.
During the event, Mitur gave recognition to companies that contribute to and promote the growth of tourism from New York to the DR such as Expedia, Hopper and Vacation Express for their contribution to the promotion of tourism in the Dominican Republic. It also gave special recognition to Destination Weddings, a leading wedding agency in the sector. And to the three travel companies Travelong, Flight Center Travel Group and Travel Impressions.