DR signs agreements with major Canadian airlines to promote tourism

With the presence of President Luis Abinader, the Dominican Republic signed this Thursday three collaboration agreements with an equal number of major Canadian airlines in order to enhance the country’s air connectivity during the summer and winter seasons.

The agreements signed with Air Canada Vacation, Sunwing Group and Air Transat are the result of the Government’s confidence in the recovery of the tourism sector.

The President stated that the work done by the Government to recover tourism has been carried out with passion, patriotism and enthusiasm. In this regard, he acknowledged the contribution of the entire population.

“Because as you know, we came to the Government at the worst moment in the history of tourism due to the pandemic, and when we saw the economic data we said, if we did not recover tourism, we would not recover the economy of the Dominican Republic and that is why we insisted” he expressed.

Abinader reiterated that his insistence to go to the opening of the hotels sought, as is the purpose of the Government, to create jobs for people to earn a decent living.

“And with that objective we obviously have to support all sectors and that is what we have done: support sectors such as EXPEDIA, which is a huge platform that has had an excellent relationship with our country and will continue to have much more,” he said.

He added: “I am extremely optimistic, not only because we already had the best month of tourism in the Dominican Republic, April, but we also project that May will also be a great month, a great summer and an even better season for both autumn and high season”.

The governor reiterated his support to the sector and affirmed that with collaboration and understanding this type of success can be achieved, as is the philosophy of his government so that it translates into benefits for Dominicans who increasingly participate and live from the tourism sector.

Freddy Domínguez, general director of operations for EXPEDIA Latin America and the Caribbean, pointed out that the Dominican Republic is the second largest operating destination in Latin America and one of its 15 most important destinations worldwide.

The agreements
The agreement was signed on behalf of the Dominican Republic by the Minister of Tourism, David Collado. For Air Transat, the vice-president of products, Renée Boisvert; for the Sunwing Group, the executive Eric Rodríguez and for Air Canada Vacation, Dina Bertolo.

It is stipulated that Air Transat commits to expand its weekly flights throughout the summer and next winter, benefiting the Puerto Plata and Punta Cana destinations.

While in the agreement with the Sunwing Group, the company assumes the commitment to double the arrival of tourists from Canada to the Dominican Republic. This company will reach Puerto Plata and Punta Cana.

Likewise, the agreement with Air Canada Vacation was signed for the expansion of its flight frequencies to Puerto Plata and Punta Cana.

Recognition for the best tourism promotion campaign
Prior to the signing of the agreements, President Abinader and the Minister of Tourism were recognized by EXPEDIA for developing the best tourism promotion campaign in all of Latin America, 2021-2022, and for the management of post-pandemic tourism.

President Abinader was also recognized by Fipetur for the management of post-pandemic tourism recovery.

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