The Dominican Republic signed this Thursday three collaboration agreements with the same number of Canadian airlines, in order to enhance the country’s air connectivity during the summer and winter seasons.
The agreements were signed with Air Canada Vacation, Sunwing Group and Air Transat.
The President of the Republic, Luis Abinader, stated that the work that the Government has done to recover tourism has been carried out with "passion, patriotism and illusion".
"Because as you know, we arrived at 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 insist" express.
Abinader reiterated that his insistence on attending hotel openings was seeking, as is the purpose of the Government, to create jobs so that "people earn a decent living".
"And with that objective obviously we have to support all the sectors and that is what we have done to support sectors like EXPEDIA which is a huge platform that has had an excellent relationship with our country and will continue to have it much more."he indicated.
It is stipulated that in the agreement signed with Air Transat, the airline undertakes to extend its weekly flights throughout the summer and next winter, benefiting the destinations of Puerto Plata and Punta Cana.
While 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 also reach Puerto Plata and Punta Cana.
Likewise, the agreement with Air Canada Vacation was signed to expand its flight frequencies to Puerto Plata and Punta Cana.
Prior to signing 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 managing post-pandemic tourism.
Likewise, President Abinader was recognized by Fipetur for managing the recovery of post-pandemic tourism.
At the beginning of his work agenda, the head of state formally launched the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) 2022, in its twenty-second installment, which seeks to highlight the best of the country’s tourism product and its complementary offer to the world.
The event is organized by the Hotel and Tourism Association of the Dominican Republic (Asonahores) and has the participation of representatives from 25 countries.
The DATE is considered to be the main marketing activity for the country’s tourism product, and it carries out important business between travel agents, tour operators and the main suppliers in the sector.
The event receives more than 150 supplier and buyer companies from the main issuing markets. In addition, it has an innovative system of pre-established appointments that allows you to save time by creating a joint automatic agenda which will make contacts and business viable.
Start of construction
The head of state also attended the first symbolic palace for the start of construction of the luxury hotel “Secrets®? Tides Punta Cana Resort & Spa” in Punta Cana, a project with an investment of US$175 million led by the construction company CODELPA, with the support of the AMR™ hotel chains? Collection is part of the Hyatt and Grupo Martinón brand portfolio, and will create 3,000 direct and indirect jobs.
On this, the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, said that this new investment "It is a clear sign of the trust that President Abinader has generated".
President Abinader’s agenda also included his participation in two radio programs and a tour of the different stands installed as part of the tourist event’s attractions.