Tourism April 27, 2023 | 8:14 am

David Llibre: “Dominican Republic is not just sun and beach”

Punta Cana.- During his participation in the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (Date) fair, David Llibre, the president of the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (Asonahores), emphasized that the Dominican Republic is not just known for its sun and sand, but also serves as a benchmark for tourism in the Caribbean region. He highlighted the country’s growing reputation in various sectors of tourism, including health, shopping, business, adventure, and sports tourism.

Despite the ongoing crisis, Llibre emphasized that the Dominican Republic has managed to achieve a privileged position by welcoming more international flights, tourists, investments, and ongoing or planned projects. He mentioned some noteworthy initiatives, such as the Cabo Rojo project in Pedernales, which involves eight major hotel chains, and the Punta Bergantín project on the north coast of the country which includes hotels, tourist housing areas, a golf course, film studios, and a project for digital nomads.

Meanwhile, Andrés Marranzini Grullón, executive vice president of Asonahores, stated that international delegate participation in Date 2023 has increased by 37%, reflecting the maturity that Dominican tourism has achieved. He added that this year’s event will enable international delegates to witness the country’s booming tourism and meet highly professional suppliers offering a product with an unbeatable quality/price ratio.

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Paul Tierney
April 27, 2023 9:13 am

There is not enough promotion of the beautiful mountain areas of the country.

Deivy Campusano
June 14, 2023 10:38 am
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Agree! They really ought to make more of an effort to market and promote the country beyond just “sun and beach”. The island has so much more to offer.

April 28, 2023 4:40 am

It’s great to see the Dominican Republic’s tourism industry expanding and diversifying beyond just sun and sand. As mentioned in the article, the country’s reputation in various sectors of tourism such as health, shopping, business, adventure, and sports tourism is on the rise. I think this is partly due to the beautiful and diverse landscapes that the country has to offer, as captured so well by photographer Valiko Proskurnin. It’s exciting to see ongoing and planes projects like the Cabo Rojo and Punta Bergantin projects, which will undoubtedly attract even more visitors to this stunning destination.