Felipe Vicini: “Tourism has rebounded incredibly”

Highlights recovery of the economy; affirms CEAPI in the DR is an investment window for the country

Businessman Felipe Vicini, president of the INICIA firm, expressed his satisfaction with the recovery of tourism in the Dominican Republic, which, according to figures released by the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, this week, reached record figures with the arrival of almost three million visitors in the first five months of the year.

Vicini, while presiding over the V Edition of the Congress of the Council of the Business Alliance for Ibero-America (CEAPI), said that the Dominican Government knew how to take advantage of the world uncertainty generated by the pandemic and with a good strategy was able to recover the tourism sector.

“Tourism has rebounded incredibly, obviously, the work of all stakeholders and the government has made this possible, and just yesterday, I saw a statement where it continues to rise and that is due to the resilience of the sector,” said Vicini.

The businessman made these statements when interviewed by Moises Gonzalez of Despertar Nacional, in the framework of the CEAPI congress, which, for the first time, is being held outside Spain and which took place on June 1 and 2, in Punta Cana.

He highlighted the impact CEAPI will have on the DR

The businessman highlighted the impact that the V CEAPI Congress had for the Dominican Republic, indicating that this event offers the country a window of opportunities.

“What we hear that the Dominican economy is thriving, that this is a safe destination for investment, that is why it is important that this congress is held here, because it involves the most important businessmen from Spain and Latin America and that gives them a window for investment in the Dominican Republic, knowing firsthand the country,” Vicini said.

During his participation in a discussion within the framework of the congress, focused on asset management in the audiovisual field, the current situation and the direction of the Ibero-American audiovisual industry.

Felipe Vicini expressed: “Last year we had frightening figures, but we decided to move forward and create a safety protocol approved by the American Motion Picture Association and bet on training, and when the country opened in August 2020, we were the first destination to start filming, raising hotel occupancy and positively impacting tourism and employability in the country. Truly, the year 2021 was a year of bonanza receiving three major productions” he emphasized.

Boosting sports tourism

The also president of Creando Sueños Olímpicos (CRESO), stated that the Dominican Republic has everything it needs to become a reference in sports tourism.

“Incredibly, on the north coast there is a great beach that is a mecca for kitesurfing and, together with surfing, is an Olympic sport.

Likewise, he indicated, that just before the Tokyo games, four Olympic qualifying tournaments were held in this country in various disciplines, we have to take advantage of all that, learn to crow about it, to say it. I believe that the Ministries of Tourism and Sports can make a plan to attract visitors from those markets”.

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