Dominican Republic, March 13, 2017. The director of the International Tourism Exchange (ITB) Berlin, David Ruetz highlighted the benefits of the Dominican Republic as a tourism destination at the closing ceremony of his 51st edition, recognizing its great tourist attractions and considering it the leading nation of tourism in the Caribbean.

Ruetz said that this destination has the highest peak in the Caribbean, the most beautiful beaches, and immense cultural appeal taking also into consideration the recent declaration of merengue as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Culture (Unesco).

The Dominican Republic successfully closed to the rhythm of merengue and traditional music its participation in the fiftieth edition of the ITB Berlin. The closing gala took to stage the musical wealth of the country interpreted by Ballet Folclórico of the Ministry of Tourism (Mitur), which displayed the best of the Dominican merengue.

In that sense, the Ballet Mitur shook the walls of the auditorium of the “Messe Berlin”, delighting visitors from around the world with their interpretation of the themes “Compadre Pedro Juan” and “El Farolito”.

Dominican Republic’s stand was one of the most visited during the fair, and praised for the beauty of construction where the attractions of the different sub-destinations of the country were highlighted.

ITB Berlin is known as the leading trade fair for the world tourism industry, and in 2016 received a total of 180,000 visitors, which included 120,000 professionals, more than 10,000 exhibiting companies, 187 international destinations, and more 5,000 journalists.

The ITB Berlin took place from March 8 to 13, 2017, at the Messe exhibition center in the German capital.

Achievements and agreements reached

The German Tour Operator DER Touristik guaranteed the arrival of a new weekly flight to the International Airport El Catey Samaná and Gregorio Luperón, Puerto Plata from the German city of Frankfurt, with a team of “Condor” fleet Boeing 767, reporting more 268 passengers, starting the fall of this year.

Also, the new German Tour Operator Anex Tour, with its Azur Air airline, chose the Dominican Republic as its first long distance destination, due to the sustained growth in the emission of German tourists to the Caribbean country.

Anex Tour is the owner of the airline “AZUR AIR”, and will start operations from April 2017 on three weekly flights direct to the Dominican Republic, in the Boing 767-300 fleet, with a total capacity of 330 passengers, in addition to five flights in the winter of 2018.

While the German tour operator TUI chose the Dominican Republic to train 7800 travel agents from its distribution network and will hold its “TUI Erleben Tour 2018” event with the 120 travel agents with the highest sales volume, who will visit the country to know the diversity of tourism offered by Dominican Republic.

Large agreements were also reached with several operators such as: Rainbow Tours, Thomas Cook, FIT, the Swiss airline Edelweiss Air and others.


About Dominican Republic

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical and paradisiacal country boasts nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of coastline, 250 miles (402 km) of the world’s top beaches, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches.

Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar.

Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike.  Visit Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website at:


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