Santo Domingo a Key Player in MICE Tourism

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – March 27, 2019 – Leaders from the Hotel Association of Santo Domingo at Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) conference announced several developments for the future of the capital city, most notably in the Colonial Zone, the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. The announcements include a push for promoting travel for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE).

To help drive traffic to Santo Domingo, the group announced that the SDQ MICE conference will return for a second year. Taking place at the Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel & Casino, October 7-9, 2019, the event will create a platform to market and bring together hoteliers, suppliers and professionals under one roof. While the event promotes the offerings of the capital city, the conference also showcases other key destinations for meetings and events, including La Romana, Punta Cana and other more.

This momentum is triggering growth in many other event and convention companies, several which of presented during the 20th annual tourism conference. The upstarts echoed the sentiment of the Hotel Association, reinforcing the projected growth potential for Santo Domingo and other touristic areas in the meetings and events space. Additionally, they outlined how they plan to be a resource for companies looking to bring their meetings to Dominican Republic.

New Santo Domingo Announcements

Santo Domingo is known as the crown jewel of Dominican Republic. The city offers everything from deep historical roots that attract tourists to world-class cuisine that has helped it earn the title of “Gastronomical Capital of the Caribbean.” Now, the city is gearing up to become a top destination for international meetings, conferences and more.

Additionally, Las Américas International Airport (SDQ) will also receive updates to help support the increase of flights to the city. In addition to improvements to the parking lots and cargo areas, which are expected to be finished later this year, the public areas, main atrium and restrooms are also to be updated before 2020.

About MICE

MICE encourages business travelers to visit Dominican Republic and explore all the country has to offer in terms of facilities and leisure activities for attendees to enjoy between the conferences, meetings and required activities. The capital city, among other cities, are taking a lead in pushing for this type of travel by promoting and educating key stakeholders from around the world on why Dominican Republic is the ideal destination for meetings and events.

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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About Dominican Republic

Well known for off-the-beaten-path excursions, rich culture, endless amenities and year-round perfect climate, Dominican Republic is a place like no other. Easily accessible via a direct flight from most major airports, it is an ideal oasis for celebrities, couples and

families alike. From hiking trails to undiscovered beaches and world-class golf courses, here you can renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, revel in Dominican fare, or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges and rivers.

Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea on the south and the Atlantic Ocean on the north, Dominican Republic features a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options, exclusive cultural experiences like dancing, carnival festivities, plus Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, amber and larimar. Between adventurous Puerto Plata, lush Samaná, historic Santo Domingo, sunny Punta Cana, luxe La Romana, bustling Barahona and more, each area has something for every type of traveler and budget.

In addition to its uncharted experiences coast to coast, the country has also generated a worldwide reputation for its warm, and hospitable people. With eight international airports and nine distinct ecological zones it has never been more accessible or appealing to explore Dominican Republic. To learn more and begin planning your trip visit the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website at:

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