DR will add 9,000 hotel rooms in three years

In the Dominican Republic, an ambitious tourism development plan is underway that promises to transform the industry in the coming years.

Nineteen new hotel investments are projected for the next three years, totaling 9,135 rooms, with an estimated investment of US$2.936 billion. Of these projects, five are being built in Miches, El Seibo province, which are expected to generate around 4,500 direct jobs and 9,500 indirect jobs, according to the president of the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (Asonahores), David Llibre.

He indicated that Miches currently has two hotels that are already operating and generating 1,600 direct jobs and 3,700 indirect jobs. The new projects will not only create jobs, but will also bring a number of additional benefits to the region, such as the generation of employee housing, infrastructure improvements, environmental initiatives and waste management, among others.

“The projects in Miches represent approximately 1,500 rooms, with outstanding developments such as the Zemí luxury hotel, led by businessman Frank Elías Rainieri, which is scheduled to open next October with 500 rooms,” he added.

Future Hyatt Hotel

He also said that the inauguration of a hotel of the Hyatt chain and another of Viva Wyndham Resorts is expected, the latter with a first phase of 500 rooms.

Habitaciones HotelerasIn this sense, according to Diario Libre, the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, emphasized the importance of the projects for the development of new tourist poles in the country.

He explained that under the platform of the El Seibo-Miches Hotel and Tourism Association (Promiches), seven hotel and real estate projects have been identified in Miches, which are expected to add more than 3,000 hotel rooms and 1,624 residential units in the coming years. During the construction phase of these eight projects, it is estimated that around 10,000 direct jobs will be generated, with an additional 6,000 direct jobs during operation.

In terms of strategy, Collado highlighted three key points: the promotion of luxury tourism to elevate the country’s brand, the development of convention tourism and the diversification of sports and gastronomic tourism, along with new projects in Miches and Punta Bergantín. The initiatives seek to strengthen the position of the Dominican Republic as a leading tourist destination in the region.

Three point strategy

He said that they are developing a strategy in three points: 1) to raise the luxury tourism, to raise our country brand; 2) to develop the convention tourism, and 3) the diversity of the sports and gastronomic tourism of the country, plus the new projects Miches and Punta Bergantín.

Meanwhile, the President of the Republic, Luis Abinader, highlighted, at the time, the development potential of Miches as one of the most impressive tourist destinations in the country, which suggests a promising future for the region.

On the other hand, in Pedernales, the Government is carrying out the Cabo Rojo-Pedernales Tourism Development Project, conceived to be carried out in four phases over a period of up to 20 years, with an estimated investment of US$2,245 million for the first phase. It is expected that upon completion of the project, the southern part of the country will have 12,000 hotel rooms, as well as an international airport, commercial and residential areas and restaurants, among others.

As for employment in the tourism sector, as of March 2024, 202,954 jobs were registered with an average salary of 26,000 pesos, distributed mainly in La Altagracia, the National District, Puerto Plata, Santiago and Santo Domingo. In addition, the tourism sector has contributed significantly to the payment of taxes, with an increase of 23% compared to the previous year.


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