(Moscow, September 14, 2017).- The Ministry of Tourism of Dominican Republic through its Office of Tourism Promotion (OPT) in Russia, will participate in the international tourism fair “OTDYKH 2017”, which will be held from 19 to 21 September, at the central trade fair complex “Expocentro” in the city of Moscow, Russia.
This year the Dominican Republic is the official sponsor of the fair, apart from its conventional format of participation. Also, on September 20, a gastronomic workshop will be dedicated to Dominican cuisine. The workshop will be complemented with a presentation of the gastronomic peculiarities of the country. The chef will show the preparation of typical dishes such as fish with coconut and the “Morir Soñando” cocktail.
12 co-participants will participate at the Dominican Republic booth, including the Travel Service and Republica Pro receptive tour operators, as well as Bahía Príncipe Hotels & Resorts, VIK Hotels Group, Royalton Luxury Resorts, Hard Rock Hotels, AMResorts, Princess Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Hodelpa Hotels and Iberostar Hotels & Resorts.
The Dominican space, which, as is tradition, will be visited by the representatives of the headquarters of the Ministry of Tourism in the Dominican Republic, bringing to the visitors the rhythms of Dominican music and dances, as well as a presentation of the vast choice of experiences to immerse in in the destination.
The present demand for the Dominican Republic is still growing: the country has positioned itself as the most dynamic destination in the Caribbean. Tourism revenues for the end of 2016 amounted to almost US$7 billion, with total sector growth for the last 16 years being 137%.
The constant development of the tourism industry in the country has led to a special focus on the hotel sector. At the end of 2016 5,470 rooms were introduced, while 7,300 more are under construction.
According to official statistical data, 2017 shows a greater success regarding the flow of tourists to Dominican Republic compared to last year: 4,299,081 tourists visited the country in the first half of the year, which surpasses the indexes by 6.2% corresponding to the same period of 2016.
In that context, Russia has not been the exception, whose tourist flow by the end of 2016 approached values before the economic crisis, and all, to beat the record in 2017. From January to July more than 135 thousand Russian tourists visited the Dominican Republic, corresponding to an increase of 198% compared to the same period last year.
The figures show incredible growth and are largely the result of the constant work of the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, which, as a cornerstone, implements the quality of product, diversification of the tourism proposal and sustainable development.
According to the Director of OPT Russia, Ms. Galina Lyssenko, the Ministry is currently working closely on the tourism infrastructure of Santo Domingo, the country’s historical and cultural center. Likewise, it emphasizes the promotion of the ecotourism provinces of Barahona and Pedernales. There are already many Russian tourists who know the north coast, especially Puerto Plata. We like that our tourists have a unique chance to not only enjoy the paradisiac beaches of Punta Cana, but also to know the rest of the fascinating destination that is Dominican Republic.
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The Office of Tourism Promotion of the Dominican Republic in Russia, Ukraine and the CIS countries has been operating since the end of 2004. Its mission is to promote the Dominican Republic as a tourist destination in the corresponding market, as well as the support of the TTOO work with the destination and conduct consultations with travel agencies and the final customer.