Tourism entrepreneurs agree that the future of the sector must be inclusive and sustainable
Tourism entrepreneurs affirmed that the sector is having a rapid recovery, but the pandemic has taught that its future growth must be focused on sustainability, resilience and inclusiveness.
This was stated by the president of Coral Hospitality Corp, Julio Llibre; the executive president of Amhsa Marina Hotels & Resorts, Luis López, and the vice-president of Grupo Puntacana, Simón Suárez, when they participated as speakers in the business breakfast “A journey through the history of Dominican tourism”, organized by the Official Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic.
In this sense, Llibre emphasized that the pandemic gave the opportunity to think about the future, and to plan and reorient the tourism sector, as well as to diversify its markets.
He pointed out that the country used to focus on European tourists, but after the pandemic it is more expensive for them to travel and now the country has turned its attention to the United States.
“Before, European tourism was 60% of the total number of tourists, but now it is 30%. And the new tourist from the United States comes with a higher rate and it is easier for them to move around,” he said.
On his side, López said that nowadays tourism and any sector must be developed thinking about the conservation of natural resources and seek a balance between development and environmental sustainability.
Meanwhile, Suárez explained that the sector must now begin to plan for the long term, as was done in the first destination, Puerto Plata, but taking into account the need to create alliances between the public and private sectors.
The speakers at the breakfast shared their views on tourism development in the country and the initial role of Spain, obstacles, tax incentives, financing, infrastructure, investment and chains, as well as the main source markets for its evolution and diversification, according to El Hoy.
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