Published on : Thursday, November 12, 2020
The Dominican Republic President, Luis Abinader, on November 2nd, among other industry executives, formally inaugurated the first-ever ASONAHORES Virtual Fair. At the fair, strong recovery numbers were shared, validating the sector is on the road to recuperation. The event was opened by Paola Rainieri de Díaz, the President of the Dominican Republic Association for Hotels and Tourism (ASONAHORES), explaining that by 2023, the tourism sector can fully recover, if positive control on the pandemic is maintained in the country and the main international markets―U.S. and Canada―remain open.
Officials at the event expressed that in quarter three of 2020, Dominican Republic greeted more than 100,000 air passengers, a major increase compared to June 2020’s 1,000 passengers.
“Since August, we have focused diligently on recovering tourism and reviving our economy,” said David Collado, Dominican Republic Minister of Tourism. “We are thrilled to inaugurate this monumental event and share our productive recovery efforts to date, none of which would have been possible without the leadership of President Abinader and our continued partnership with ASONAHORES.”
Rainieri also said that if tourism arrivals keep on increasing in this fashion, it is projected that the country could say adieu to 2020 with two million tourist arrivals. From December 2020 through March 2021, Raineri observed that the country is on track to welcome one million international tourists.
The ASONAHORES Virtual Fair, which was organized from November 2-6 at the Presidential Palace in Santo Domingo, combined four of the key tourism events in the country ―The Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) 2020, the ASONAHORES Tourist Investment Forum, ASONAHORES Commercial Exhibition and Encuentro ASONAHORES―all under one roof, further validating the country’s commitment to continued collaboration to best facilitate a responsible and rapid recovery.
“Our optimism is due in large part to President Abinader and Minister Collado’s commitment and dedication to reviving the tourism industry,” said Rainieri. “Although we have a long way to go to achieve full recovery, we are thrilled to celebrate the significant progress made to date and look forward to continuing to position Dominican Republic as the leading tourist destination in the region.”