thaThe Spanish Grupo Piñero reopened its Bahía Príncipe Grand Portillo hotel, in Samaná, northeast of the Dominican Republic, which topped a 10 million dollar investment and able to generate 400 direct jobs.
The 464-rooms resort was closed in March 2020 and two months later suffered a fire that caused damage to the kitchen and restaurant area.
The group reopened the Bahía Príncipe Grand Punta Cana last February and the Bahía Príncipe Luxury Ambar and the Bahía Príncipe Fantasía Punta Cana in July 2020.
At today’s event, President Luis Abinader said in his speech that “is something more than the reopening of a business or a company. It is an act of normalization and hope for thousands of people who make a living from this industry”.
After weighing the natural attractions of Samaná, which he described as a magical place, the Dominican president affirmed that the country’s tourism is solid and that despite the current situation that tourism is going through, “it adapts to constant transformations to follow their growth”.
On his side, Antonio Teijeiro, general manager of Bahía Príncipe Hotels, described Samaná “as a natural jewel that they want to preserve”.
Tourism is the main source of income for the Dominican Republic and after the decline in 2020, it began to show signs of growth in March, when 263,857 foreign visitors arrived at the country, representing an increase of 56% compared to registered arrivals in February 2021, and 3.4% over March 2020, according to official data.