The UNWTO secretary general highlighted the achievements made by the Dominican Republic in tourism, especially its rapid recovery after the pandemic.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) held this Wednesday the 118th meeting of its Executive Council in Punta Cana (eastern Dominican Republic), in the presence of some twenty ministers of the sector and with the focus on the importance of sustainability and the tourism of the future.
At the official opening of the meeting, in which delegations from 45 countries are participating, the Dominican Minister of Tourism, David Collado, stressed the importance of this meeting to look for ways to unify and strengthen the sector and bet on the sustainability of this industry.
Collado referred specifically to the sargasso that affects a large part of the Caribbean, a problem whose solution “cannot be individual”.
In his opinion, “organizations like this one must help small countries to look for solutions when we do not have them.
Sargasso is a serious problem in the Greater Caribbean and the Dominican Republic is not left out, something that worries its authorities given the weight of this sector in the country’s economy, representing 25 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).
In his speech, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili highlighted the Dominican Republic’s achievements in the field of tourism, especially its rapid recovery after the pandemic, a country that has become a world reference for tourism and a leader in the region in this regard.
For his part, the Dominican Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Álvarez, expressed his confidence that “this forum will be particularly conducive to promoting responsible, local, sustainable and universally accessible tourism”.
The theme of sustainability is essential for the sector and for this meeting of the UNWTO, an organization that advocates investment, education, sustainability, employment and rural development, among other issues.
“It is time for all of us to walk forward, to think that we cannot continue to grow today, stealing growth from tomorrow,” Collado wrote on his Twitter account, who assured: “Dominican Republic will protect every corner of the country reaffirming our commitment to sustainable, responsible and environmentally friendly tourism.”
Within the framework of this UNWTO meeting, the thematic session new narratives in tourism will take place on Thursday, in view of the sector’s need to adapt its image, messages and communication channels to an engaged, demanding and more technological public.