The Minister of Tourism, David Collado, inaugurated the stand of the Dominican Republic in the 43rd edition of the International Tourism Fair (Fitur), which is held in Madrid until the 22nd of this month.
The opening ceremony was attended by King Felipe VI of Spain and his wife, Queen Leticia. The goal was made very clear: to consolidate the recovery that the sector has experienced by setting record numbers during the last nine months.
The Dominican stand, 928 square meters with levels, 52 spaces for business rounds and four booths for live broadcasts for radio and television, was small for the number of personalities, businessmen, diplomatic delegations, investors, tour operators, representatives, hoteliers , journalists who attended its opening. The imposing design of this space deserved the recognition of the assistants, even from other participating countries.
The Minister of Tourism highlighted the support that President Luis Abinader has given to the Dominican tourism sector, especially in this recovery process that has been showing since the adoption of measures by the Government.
He said that the Dominican Republic has just had the best month of December in the country’s tourism history, as it completed more than seven million visitors by air and 1.3 million cruise ship arrivals during 2022. “We are not a host country, but we are in the hearts of the people,” he said.
“The Dominican Republic is an open country, with good and healthy people, who welcome tourists with a smile and they can come to the Dominican Republic with Rolex or Casio,” said Collado, alluding to Shakira’s most recent song that has generated references for his break with soccer player Gerard Piqué and the fact that the country has everything and for everyone.
Among the aspects that most attracted the attention of the attendees was the immersive experience of the Dominican Republic, where people can have a three-dimensional experience, entering the peculiar and paradisiacal beaches of the country, as well as other tourist attractions and an approach to the work of the Dominican artist Iván Tovar.
Collado, who inaugurated the stand accompanied by the president of Banco Popular, Cristopher Paniagua; the administrator of the Banco del Reservas, Samuel Pereyra; the president of the Dominican Association of Hotels and Tourism (Asonahores), David Llibre; the Dominican ambassador in the Kingdom of Spain, Juan Bolívar Díaz, as well as prominent businessmen linked to the country’s tourism sector and other Dominican authorities present at the event, assured that the country will once again shine at Fitur 2023.
“Our goal is for the Dominican Republic to continue to be the benchmark in tourism for the continent. That is why we are going to continue innovating and we will exhaust an agenda of more than 60 meetings this week where we will close agreements with airlines, new hotels and tourism investments, as well as tour operators, so that we can continue promoting the arrival of tourists to our country”, he highlighted. Collado during the opening of the stand at Fitur.
Among the agreements and announcements that were made this Wednesday, the new investment that will be developed in Macao, La Altagracia province, in the eastern part of the country, by the Pioneer Group, which will begin the construction of a luxury hotel in said destination, stands out. .
He also highlighted the signing of agreements with the Iberia airline, with the El Corte Inglés travel agency, with the Tui airline and meetings with the tour operators World 2 Fly and World 2 Meet, as well as with the online travel platform E-dreams .
The Dominican stand has the presence of more than 52 companies from the tourism sector, as well as cultural spaces and craft exhibitions, and also the presence of national products such as coffee, tobacco, chocolate and rum.
Among the attendees at the stand opening were also Fernando Hazoury, from Cap Cana; Gabriel Escarrer, from Grupo Melía; Encarna Piñeiro, from the Piñeiro Group; Frank Rainieri and Haydee Kuret de Rainieri, from Grupo Puntacana; Adriana Cisneros, from Grupo Cisneros and businessmen Juan Vicini, Héctor José Rizek and Carlos José Martí, among others.
“I want to highlight the presence at this Dominican stand at Fitur of our ambassador Juan Bolívar Díaz, Christopher Paniagua and Manuel Grullón, from Popular; Samuel Pereyra, administrator of BanReservas, and his team for firmly supporting this fair, as well as Rita Abinader Corona, sister of the President of the Republic, ”he said.