President Abinader issues decree to declare the property of “public utility”.
President Luis Abinader declared of public utility part of the land of the Hispaniola Hotel, located on Abraham Lincoln Avenue, between Independencia and Correa y Cidron Avenues, which will be used to build the Santo Domingo Convention Center.
By means of decree 296-22, the Government declared “of public utility and social interest the acquisition, by the Dominican State, of the portions of land where the Hispaniola hotel is located to be used in the construction of the Santo Domingo Convention Center”.
The executive order established that the 30 lots be purchased with funds coming from the Ministry of Tourism (Mitur) and declared as a matter of urgency that “the Dominican State enters into possession of the indicated real estate” “so that the construction of the Santo Domingo Convention Center can begin immediately”.
President Abinader announced the project last January when he participated in the International Tourism Fair (Fitur) in Madrid, Spain, and said that it would be built by the Consorcio Institución Ferial de Madrid (Ifema).
Ifema, which organized the tourism fair and other fairs and conventions in Madrid, was contracted through the Banreservas group, with the advice of Mitur, to do the architectural design and feasibility study.
At the time, Abinader indicated that the lack of space in the country was a weakness that hoteliers complained about, which would contribute to generate more hotel room occupancies.