The president of the National Association of Hotels and Tourism assured that the recovery of tourism is a reality and that they have once again become the number one economic activity in the country, at the time of inaugurating the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE 2022), the main tourism fair that takes place in the country.

Rafael Blanco Tejera, president of the entity, highlighted that the country has received more than 2.2 million tourists in the first 4 months of the year with a projection of more than 7 million by the end of the year, he also highlighted that they have more jobs in the sector than before the pandemic, which consolidates tourism as the main pillar of the national economy and post covid-19 recovery.

During his inaugural speech at the Hotel Barceló Convention Center, together with the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, businessman Blanco Tejera said that “there is no other sector in the Dominican economy that has more productive chains than tourism; To talk about tourism is to talk about agriculture, industry, transportation, foreign exchange generation, jobs, and of course the thousands of MSMEs that supply goods and services to the sector”.

For Asonahores, Dominican tourism is at its best, as was demonstrated this week with the recognition of the World Tourism Organization that awarded the Dominican Republic the award as the number one country in the world in the recovery of tourism, which is manifested with the numbers of tourist arrivals, such as last April where it was the best month of April in history for the country.

“In addition to this, we are also in the best moment because at this fair in DATE we have broken the record of exhibitors and attendees who come to do business in the country, which fills us with optimism that we will continue to grow, attracting investments, generating jobs and so on. continue promoting the development of the Dominican Republic” highlighted Blanco Tejera.

DATE will be taking place at the Hotel Barceló Convention Center in Bávaro, until this Friday the 13th with the presence of more than 800 delegates from more than 25 countries of the main tourist emitters for the country with very promising business expectations.

In addition, more than 50 members of the international press and more than 100 of the national press will participate in DATE, with live programs with synchronization in different countries and with an agenda of visits to tourist destinations that help promote the country internationally, actions that will be have been carrying out hand in hand with the team from the Ministry of Tourism. DATE will also have a keynote talk by the renowned North American writer John Maxwell, who will talk about applied leadership in generating value in the tourism industry.

The recuperation

DATE had a two-year hiatus as a result of the effects of the pandemic, and the 2022 version will feature a ribbon cutting by President Luis Abinader as well as various tourism promotion activities and announcements of new initiatives and investments in the sector.

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