The president of the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Blanco Tejera, affirmed that tourism in the country is safe, as demonstrated by the recognition of the low contagion of COVID-19 data and the high occupancy rates in the sector.
The information was offered by Tejera at the second Asonahores Meeting, which centered around the theme “Application of the Biosafety Protocols one year after the Pandemic”.
Tejera emphasized that the contagion rate in the tourist areas is minimal, because of the health measures and the guarantees offered by the authorities, collaborators, and communities.
“We have been recognized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as a global example of how tourism can be managed in times of pandemic”, said Blanco Tejera.
He added that there is an increase in tourist arrivals every month, with more than 400,000 visits in June of this year, which represents a recovery of 75% of arrivals compared to 2019, and an approximate occupancy rate of 57% to the Nacional level.
He assured that the sector has remained firm in the national protocols for health risk management since they represent the guidelines of best practices to achieve safe interactions in the activities carried out by tourism service providers to prevent and minimize the spread of covid-19.
The second Asonahores Meeting had the vice minister of the Ministry of Tourism, Roberto Henríquez, who elaborated on the responsible recovery of tourism and the application of biosafety protocols.