Coming years would see a doubling in British tourist arrivals to the DR

Manuel Luna Julia Simpson y Frank Elias Rainieri

The arrival of tourists from Great Britain to the Dominican Republic could double in the next 5 years, said Frank Elías Rainieri, president of the Punta Cana Group, at the tourism forum held during the tenth Dominican Week in the United Kingdom, in which was accompanied by Julia Simpson, president of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), and which was organized by the British Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic (BRITCHAM RD), in collaboration with the Dominican Embassy in United Kingdom and the British Embassy in Great Britain.

The businessman stated that new investments are being made in the Dominican Republic in order to diversify the tourism offer that includes internationally renowned hotel brands, as well as increasing air connectivity; also highlighting public-private collaboration in tourism, as fundamental factors for a considerable increase in British tourism to the country in the coming years.

“The projection is very positive and the growth opportunities are extraordinary; and to materialize them, we must continue investing, both the public and private sectors, so that our infrastructure continues to improve and an increase in hotel rooms is achieved, continue improving tourist attractive areas and of course, dedicate more resources to country promotion aimed at so that the British can know everything we have to offer for them in the DR,” said Rainieri.

For his part, Simpson highlighted the progress that the Dominican Republic has made in tourism and how it has been one of the leading countries in being able to recover this sector, long before most countries in the world after the effect of the COVID pandemic. In addition, she praised the work in sustainable tourism that different private groups are developing in the Dominican Republic, especially the Punta Cana Group.

“British tourists want different things; they want sun and beach; but they also want tourism with history and cultural wealth, that invests in sustainability and the environment, tourism rich in gastronomy, and in the Dominican Republic it has this capacity; So if we continue working in that direction, we will be able to get more tourists from the United Kingdom to choose the DR for their trips and vacations,” said the global tourism executive.

Amauris Vásquez, president of BRITCHAM and Mockbul Ali, ambassador of the United Kingdom in the Dominican Republic, highlighted that the Dominican Week in the United Kingdom is an opportunity to bring investors from the tourism sector to the Dominican Republic so that they can contribute to the goal set by the Dominican state to reach 10 million tourists.

This session of the tenth edition of the Dominican Week is being held under the auspices of Grupo Punta Cana, United Petroleum, Gulf, Texaco in addition to the other traditional and new sponsors such as Banreservas, INICIA, Seguros Reservas, the Stock Exchange of the Republic Dominican Republic, Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, INAPA, Banco Popular, Grupo Rannik, BANDEX, DGA, PRIMMA VALORES, GAMMA, United Capital, TIMM, among others.

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