Annual tourism exchange celebrated the continued growth of Dominican Republic 

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Mar. 29, 2019 – This week, Dominican Republic welcomed a record 750 delegates, 120 tourism businesses, 40 sponsors and 40 journalists to the 2019 Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE). Francisco Javier García, The Minister of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, recognized that the success of the conference reflects the growth and maturity of the country as a tourist destination, which saw a 6.2 increase in tourism in 2018.

The inauguration event included a ribbon cutting ceremony commenced by García introducing one of Punta Cana’s newest properties, the Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real by Meliá. Paradisus Grand Reserve is an extension to the existing Paradisus and Meliá brands. The luxury property opened its doors in December of last year. While it is the third hotel within Melía’s Paradisus properties, Grand Reserve is the first of its kind within the brand’s portfolio offering luxurious amenities, dining experiences and more.

The event celebrated the start of the annual conference which recognizes the successes and the future of Dominican Republic’s thriving tourism industry. García noted that Dominican Republic outpaces the global average of annual tourist arrivals, and the country is continuing to see an upward trend regarding tourism.

Following the ceremony was the second edition of the DATE Awards which highlight international and local organizations who have made significant and impactful contributions to the development of Dominican Republic tourism. Winners of DATE Awards include the following:

  • Best Destination Management Company—Meeting Point Dominicana
  • Best Tour Operator—Sunwing Travel Group
  • Best Online Travel Agency—Hotelbeds
  • Best Airline—JetBlue Airways Corporation

While the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism (MITUR) is DATE’s main sponsor, there were several sponsors and supporters who made the event possible. This year’s DATE conference was held March 27th at BlueMall PuntaCana. DATE welcomes international tourism operators and professionals to discuss business plans for the year with 150 of the country’s leading tourism suppliers.

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