Simpson: “What is important for us is the awareness that the world has about tourism and the alliance that you have, Mr. Minister, with the private sector, which is very successful”.
Julia Simpson, the president of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) is -for the first time- in the Dominican Republic. The impression she has is that it is a very beautiful and impressive country. She says it bluntly.
The first formal visit to an institution was made at mid-morning this Wednesday at the Ministry of Tourism. There he shared his impressions and vision of world tourism, including Dominican tourism, with Minister David Collado. Also with executives of the National Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (Asonahores).
“What is important for us is the awareness that the world has about tourism and the alliance that you have, Mr. Minister, with the private sector, which is very successful.” Simpson emphasized this in a brief but substantive meeting with the press at the Ministry of Tourism headquarters.
What is the World Travel & Tourism Council
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is an institution of high relevance worldwide. It is made up of members of the business community. It works with governments to raise awareness of the travel and tourism industry.
It is known for being the only forum that represents the private sector in all parts of the industry worldwide. Its activities include researching the economic and social impact of the industry. It also organizes global and regional meetings focused on the development of the industry.
Seen as a whole worldwide in 2022, tourism recorded more than 900 million international tourists, twice as many as in 2021, although the figure still remains at 63% of pre-pandemic levels, according to industry figures.
In any case, the fact that the tourism industry has advanced, despite the convulsive context that the world has experienced since the first quarter of 2020, is transcendental.
In the Dominican case, tourism has been posting record figures, as time has gone by, once the most difficult moments of the covid-19 pandemic were overcome. This and other points have earned the recognition of entities such as the World Tourism Organization (WTO).
For example, in this 2023 the country took off from January as strong or stronger than in 2022, which has been the best in history for the Dominican Republic.
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