Three Chinese airlines are expected to sign a service agreement with the Dominican Republic, as a way to become a destination to thousands of Chinese tourist, mentioned the chancellor of the Caribbean country, Miguel Vargas Maldonado.
“We have a market of an important trade, and it on our best interest to have a diplomatic relationship to reach 1,400 million people, is attractive,” he said at a luncheon on a local newspaper on September 10th.
He argued that annually 138 million to 140 million of their Chinese travel abroad, and its hopeful that our country gets a part those visits.
Three Chinese Airlines
Today, the president of the Board of Civil Aviation of the Dominican Republic, Luis Ernesto Camilo, met with the Head of the Political Section of the Embassy of China, Tiefei Xu, to update on details of the meeting with representatives of Air China Airlines, South China and Easter China, the three Chinese airlines that have shown interest in starting direct flights to the country.
Camilo said that it is estimated that the potential market of Chinese visitors to the Dominican Republic is up to two million tourists per year, with an average level of expenses in the destination that would be around USD5,715 per person.
The official explained that the average expenditure of Chinese citizens is one of the highest in the world according to the data of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Peoples of the Republic of China and the World Tourism Organization.
“We are convinced that the income of these airlines will positively impact all sectors of our economy,” he said at the meeting.
The president of the JAC offered these statements when he presented the statistics of air travel flow from January up until August 2018, in which 1,270,488 passengers were transported on incoming and outgoing flights.
“During the period January – August 2018, the Dominican Republic mobilized in and out of the amount of 10,290, 155 passengers through its international airports.”
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The Dominican Republic government, led by President Danilo Medina, has an interesting approach to diplomacy.
The newly launched diplomacy focuses on three axes:
- Encourage exports
- Attract direct investment to the country
- Strengthen the country brand.
“From the Foreign Ministry, we are working to promote our bilateral relations with all countries and we are also expanding our presence with new embassies,” added Miguel Vargas Maldonado.
He announced that in September new diplomatic relations will be established with Asian and African countries.