The official said that the project, which is in its final stage, would increase hotel occupancy in the center of the country and would support the generation of jobs, opportunities and a greater number of enterprises.
After more than two years at the helm of the Ministry of Tourism, David Collado continues to list new challenges to his portfolio of purposes, this time the minister said he has set his sights on both shopping tourism and convention tourism.
“We are going to start in the next 90 days the process of construction of the convention center of Santo Domingo, where the Hispaniola Hotel was for many years and we are going to preserve that building. This is great news, it is a mission that we have from the Ministry of Tourism,” said Collado.
The official said that the project is already in the final stage of planning before launching the physical work that, precisely, would increase hotel occupancy in the center of the country and support the generation of jobs, opportunities and a greater number of enterprises.
“Cities that have well-managed convention centers increase hotel occupancy by seven to eight percent, which means more jobs, more opportunities and more entrepreneurship in the city of Santo Domingo,” he said.
While being recognized for his work in the Tourism Cabinet by the Santo Domingo Hotel Association (Ahsd) and the Santo Domingo Tourism Cluster (Ctsd), Collado assured that the “Santo Domingo Convention Center” will “undoubtedly” give the city an important rebound in tourism.
So far in February, the country has been visited by some 335 thousand foreigners and the projections of the Ministry of Tourism indicate that at the end of the twenty-eight days of this month, nearly 600 thousand visitors will have arrived. He said that the Dominican Republic is in an enviable moment in terms of tourism.
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