Madrid Spain. – Before a capacity of more than 400 guests, under the impressive vault of the Crystal Gallery of the Palacio de Cibeles, the Banco Popular Dominicano held its traditional gala dinner in honor of the investors, hotel businessmen and the participating delegation of the Dominican Republic at the 43rd Fitur international tourism fair, reaffirming its commitment to Dominican tourism and its leadership as the main historical financier of this industry.
During this event, the Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, recognized Banco Popular for its constant contribution for three decades in support of this sector in the Dominican Republic, which has favored the sustainable development of the country.
“On behalf of the United Nations and our organization, I want to tell you that you are the only bank in the world that is giving great support to your country and to the industry. We will always set Banco Popular as a great example for other banks, that do the same as you for sustainable development”, said Pololikashvili.
Christopher Paniagua, executive president of Popular, received this recognition from the hands and thanked this distinction, expressing that this “is one more reason to accept with pride and responsibility that we are considered the bank of tourism.”
In his words, Paniagua congratulated the Government of President Luis Abinader and the Ministry of Tourism for the execution that allowed the country to reach new records in visitor arrivals and employment figures in the tourism sector. Likewise, he recognized the work of the business sector and investors, who welcome tourists and invest in the development of hotel infrastructure that boosts development in the country.
“We congratulate our authorities for the commitment, vision and relevance they have given to this sector, promoting public-private alliances, facilitating new world-class hotel projects, stimulating the creation of new tourist areas and opening new international markets. Likewise, this achievement is the fruit of the constant effort of national and international tourism investors, who have always given a vote of confidence to our people, our culture and our faith in a better future. All this makes us a particular tourist destination, unique in the Caribbean”, he said.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, thanked the support of Banco Popular in favor of the development of tourism and highlighted the example to follow that the recovery of tourism in the Dominican Republic has meant, which has been possible thanks to the joint work of all Dominicans.
“We have really recovered tourism in the Dominican Republic, in a public-private alliance without precedent in history,” said the Minister of Tourism.
Support for sustainable tourism
The dinner was set with a photographic exhibition of the rivers of the Dominican Republic, with images captured by the lens of the engineer and environmentalist Domingo Marte for his book “Dominican Rivers. Life networks”, sponsored by the financial organization.
With this photographic exhibition, Popular highlighted its interest in raising awareness about the preservation of the country’s water resources and, at the same time, exhibiting the potential of domestic tourism and its added value to the Dominican tourist offer.
In this regard, Manuel A. Grullón, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grupo Popular, and Christopher Paniagua, Executive Chairman of Banco Popular, delivered copies of this publication to the Secretary General of the UNWTO, the Dominican Ambassador to the UNWTO, Aníbal de Castro, and the Dominican ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain, Juan Bolívar Díaz.
Among those attending this gala dinner, the presence of Manuel A. Grullón, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grupo Popular; the ambassador in Spain, Juan Bolívar Díaz, and his wife, Ada Wiscovitch de Díaz; the Dominican ambassador to the UNWTO, Aníbal de Castro, and his companion, Mrs. Tina Mejía; Eduardo Grullón, president of AFP Popular, and his wife, Johanna Rodríguez de Grullón; Mr. René Grullón Finet, Senior Executive Vice President of National and International Business, and his wife, Elima González de Grullón; Mrs. Antonia Antón de Hernández, Senior Executive Vice President of Human Management, Cultural Transformation, Credit Administration and Compliance, and her husband, engineer José Hernández Caamaño, Vice President of the Engineering and Maintenance Area; Mr. José Mármol, Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, Reputation and Responsible Banking, and his wife, Mrs. Soraya Lara; Mrs. Mariel Bera, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Responsible Banking; and Mr. José Cuervo, vice president of the Stock Market Subsidiaries Area, and his wife Pavelle Melo.
The presence of presidents and main executives of important hotel chains and businessmen linked to tourism in the Dominican Republic was also highlighted.