Local October 4, 2016 | 1:55 pm

Expedia reinforces presence in Puerto Plata

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic – October 4, 2016 – The Expedia group, one ofthe world’s largest online travel companies, will attend Discover Puerto Plata Marketplace, an annual eventthat promotes Puerto Plata among national and international markets, on October5 – 7, 2016 at the Iberostar Costa Dorada in Puerto Plata.

The Expedia group’s market management team ishosting an e-commerce seminar on October 4, 2016 at the Hotel Be LiveCollection Marien where the Dominican market management team will share marketdata, company announcements and product launches. Later that evening, Expediawill also host a Partner Appreciation Cocktail event to further foster therelationships forged between the company and the island’s hotel community.During both events, the Expedia group will welcome special guests, RobertoCasoni, President of the Tourism Cluster of Puerto Plata and Jose Natalio Redondo,President of the Hotel Association of the North Coast of Dominican Republic.

Puerto Plata represents a significant and important destination for theExpedia group. In addition to announcing the company’s participation inDiscover Puerto Plata Marketplace, the Expedia group reported today thatPuerto Plata showcased a noteworthy growth of nearly 35 percent during thefirst half of the year, compared to the same time period in 2015.

“With an impressive offering of water sports,adventure attractions and colonial heritage, Puerto Plata continues to attracttravelers from around the world and is one of the most up-and-comingdestinations within the Dominican Republic,” said Demetrius Canton, Director ofLodging Partner Services for the Caribbean, Expedia group. “Our presence atDiscover Puerto Plata Marketplace represents an opportunity for the company’smarket management team to liaise with local hotel partners in Puerto Plata andoffer value-driven insight into how they can better utilize Expedia’s powerfultechnology and tools to ultimately drive demand.”

By working with the Expedia group, hotels in Puerto Plata and the DominicanRepublic as a whole gain exposure to the more than 200 websites in more than 75countries worldwide in 35 languages, in addition to a myriad of mobile sitesand apps, from brands such as Expedia®, Hotels.com®, Travelocity®, Orbitz®,Hotwire®, Egencia®, Expedia® Affiliate Network and others.

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