Dominican Republic. David Collado, Minister of Tourism, explained that the Dominican Republic has had an unprecedented recovery in the tourism industry, and continues to reaffirm “the commitment we have in the sector”.
“When we took control in the sector this reached about 15 thousand operational rooms with an occupancy rate of 15%, today we have more than 73 thousand rooms open with an occupancy in recent weeks of 73%,” he said.
He stated that reservations for next December exceed the 26%, which was in the same season for 2019.
“The confidence that has permeated the government of President Luis Abinader along with the dedication of every detail of both the public and private sector, is what motivates us to continue giving everything for the industry,” he added.
Regarding flights arriving to the DR, the minister told arecoa.com that they are increasing as restrictions in the issuing countries are being lowered, “last July we received 4,200 flights is an indicator that we are working to continue recovering and strengthening tourism.”
“The figures we are seeing are felt because they are a reality, we are focused on continuing to bring the country to the point that it remains the largest tourist destination in the Caribbean,” he said.
Collado, added that the government took the recovery of tourism very seriously, that is why it will continue to support every project.
“We have become an example in terms of the issue of since international organizations, such as the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), have congratulated us both for the protocols and for the management at the time of reopening,” he emphasized.