Rafael Blanco Tejera, president of the Association of Hotels and Tourism (Asonahores) informed that at the national level, construction is being reactivated, and that they have clear numbers through the Tourism Development Council (Confotur), with thousands of rooms awaiting approval to continue expanding the hotel portfolio in the country.
“In the case of Miches, we have three hotels possibly confirmed to begin construction before the end of the year, giving it the boost the area needs to reaffirm itself as a tourist destination,” he indicated.
He explained to arecoa.com that in Santo Domingo there are several hotels in the process of construction, so “we are quite satisfied that international investors continue to believe in the Dominican Republic because we are evolving in a positive and safe way”.
“Among the brands that continue to bet on expansion in the DR are Hyatt, Intercontinental and Viva Wyndham, which are both European and American brands,” he said.
He also said that more than 85% of the hotels nationwide are open and the occupancy rate is around 50%, however the Eastern zone (La Romana, Bayahibe and Punta Cana) has a higher occupancy rate because it is directly fed by tourists from the United States,” he added.
The head of Asonahores said that the Canadian market is expected to reactivate in the short or medium term as they open the borders and lower restrictions.
Regarding the European market, Blanco Tejera added that it is on the rise and visitors from that continent have already begun to register their arrival in the DR. “We continue to work to continue strengthening tourist confidence, with this we understand that the second quarter of the year will be much better than the first.”