The Dominican Association of Health Tourism (ADTS) and AF Comunicación Estratégica held the opening in hybrid, virtual and face-to-face modality, of the V International Congress of Health and Wellness Tourism, at the Ambassador’s Garden Tent, Royal Hideaway Hotel in Santo Domingo, under strict protocols and security measures.
The opening remarks were given by Dr. Alejandro Cambiaso, president of ADTS, and Amelia Reyes Mora, vice president of the ADTS and president of AF Comunicación Estratégica.
Cambiaso expressed that “today more than ever, health and tourism require innovation and complement each other under a public-private partnership in a collaborative and strategic way, for which we propose to create the conditions for the formation of the National Health Tourism Council, launching the national strategy for the development of the sector and the concept of healthy cities”.
On her side, Amelia Reyes Mora said that “it is with great satisfaction that we witness the willingness of the public and private sectors to join forces to move forward and make this Congress a reality”.
She affirmed that the event is part of the strategy to support the diversification of the Dominican Republic’s tourism portfolio and provides a scenario for multisectoral experts to propose strategies to further strengthen the control and management of this scourge, making it possible through innovation and collaboration, a more viable recovery of the Dominican economy.
On the 5th edition of the meeting, the Espaillat Cabral Institute was awarded for being the first internationally accredited center outside the United States by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP).
In addition, the Safe Tourism Assistance Plan, made up of Mitur, Asonahores, Reserve Bank, and Reserve Insurance, for making a program available to tourists in order to guarantee their emergency medical care and reactivate the tourism industry in a safe way.
The third edition of the Dominican Republic Health Tourism Destination Guide, a publication of the Medical Tourism Association (MTA), which seeks to show the international community the main attributes of the country as health, tourism, and investment destination was also presented.