Tourism July 6, 2024 | 12:59 pm

Dominican Republic aims to double tourist arrivals by maintaining tourism incentives

Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Republic has the potential to welcome twice as many tourists as its population, according to the president of the National Association of Hotels and Tourism (Asonahores), David Llibre. However, he emphasized the need to preserve the current tax structure, which includes incentives for the travel and tourism sector, to achieve this goal.

Llibre indirectly referred to the incentive laws that protect the Dominican Republic’s travel and tourism sector, such as those established in the Competitiveness Law (Law 158-01, modified by Law 193-13).

The country reached a milestone last year with 10 million visitors and is on track to reach nearly 12 million by the end of the first half of 2024, according to Llibre. He maintained that the Dominican Republic could even attract twice its population in tourists, a goal that could only be achieved through continued collaboration between the private and public sectors under the current fiscal framework.

“It’s a structure that has been called the ‘Competitiveness Law,’ which allows us to level the playing field with other industries and countries in our international competition. It’s what allows us to build new rooms, keep our offerings up-to-date, and maintain the growth in the number of visitors to the Dominican Republic,” stated the leader of the Dominican hotel sector.

He highlighted the efforts of businesses and authorities to develop new tourist destinations such as Puerto Plata with the Punta Bergantín project, the project to develop the southern region with the launch of the Cabo Rojo Pedernales project, and the boost being given to the Miches or Samaná destination, a destination that he said needs further work to increase both the number of rooms and the number of overnight visitors.

“As I said before, it’s not that we’ve reached the top because we should always aspire to more. That’s why Asonahores proposes to continue working hand in hand, as we have been doing so far with the authorities, to continue improving the experiences of our visitors,” expressed David Llibre.

He explained that when he mentions the word “experience,” he refers to both the tourist facilities that must continue to improve and update to continue offering new services to maintain the same or higher level than that of our competition.

He also spoke about improving experiences outside of tourist facilities that allow visitors to travel on safe, well-lit, and signposted roads so that their experience is more enriching and has a greater impact on nearby communities.

“The truth is that we believe that the Dominican Republic can even reach twice its population in tourists,” he reiterated, emphasizing that it is not a dream but a goal that has them working together under the current structure, a structure that has been called the “Competitiveness Law,” which allows them to level the playing field with other industries and countries at the level of our international competition.

Referring to the incentives in the Law, he said that this is what allows them to build new rooms, keep their offerings up-to-date and maintain the growth in the number of visitors to the Dominican Republic.

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July 7, 2024 12:38 pm

I’m Dominican and I have never heard this Dominican government or any previous government improve on the lives of the Dominican people. The wages for the Dominican who works on this villas, hotels etc are so low that people can’t afford to keep up with increase in prices. The Dominican government up to this date has not created a system for clean water, electricity and upgrade the infrastructure in the Dominican neighborhood. All improvements that I have seen is for the European tourist and any other touristic company that wants to set up business in the DR and take advantage of the people. They are taking all our beaches, because these politicians are bunch of sell out. The Dominican public hospitals and health are in shambles. Invest $$ in the Dominican people first!,

Rick Barksdale
July 7, 2024 9:43 pm
Reply to  Criolla

Well, I was just there on vacation a few months ago and what I witnessed was that hati

Steve Seaman
July 7, 2024 7:03 pm

Let’s be clear, what he mean by “incentives” is a tax structure that sees virtually all the profits go back to the overseas investors with virtually nothing staying onshore.

July 7, 2024 10:20 pm

Well, do something about it corrupt police who extort tourists for money and maybe you will get more tourists.

Guillermo sanchez
July 8, 2024 12:31 am
Reply to  Tisha

That is why I do not drive in The Dominican Republic.

July 8, 2024 3:12 am

I’m not sure what he’s talking about. Prices are high, everything has 28 percent added to high prices, taxis extortionists and unregulated, garbage is left all over streets, literally known for the worst driving conditions in the world (and I live in Ecuador which is bad). Incomprehensible bus system, incompetent realtors also make everything unappealing to tourists

July 8, 2024 8:01 pm

DR cannot and should not a paradise for the business sector. More needs to be done to raise up the standard of living of its citizens. I waw in Hato Mayor del Rey this past week to visit friends and relatives. We only have water and electricity a few hours a day and the price to buy basic foods are high. Please note that tourism only create marginal jobs. DR will rise to its potential when the government prioritizes education.

Isabel Mariposa
July 16, 2024 10:22 am

Is very sad to see that the only focus or the Dominican goverment is to create more beaches, tourism, get more anglos in the Country, more money create more fame as a wealthy Island and NOT on Education. Where are the new schools? for every hotel and resort DR should build up a School, Children are not going to school there, more enphasis should go to education, how is the Dominican Republic able to survive as a Dominican Nation with out educating the real Dominican Children, we have to stop beliving in money as the only way money ends, education perdures.

I am a Dominican woman, I live in the USA and realize that my Country does not value education which is the real legacy, is NOT TOURISM, TRAINS, BUILDINGS, all that will go away.