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Santo Domingo can lead the MICE segment in the region, says official

The capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, meets all the conditions to position itself and remain a leader of the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Events segment in the region, backed the Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia.

The public official’s remarks happened at the first Edition of SDQ Santo Domingo MICE 2018, joined by more than 130 delegates from 16 countries, hotel entrepreneurs, representatives of companies locally, and the national tourism sector.

Garcia recognized the importance and growth exhibited by the MICE segment worldwide, which represents a great opportunity given the advantages of the Dominican Republic over other countries and the already established tourism industry.

“We have what many countries do not have, such as the best air and road connectivity, the best hotel installation in the entire Caribbean region, the largest number of rooms and we receive the largest amount of investment for new projects,” said the minister.

The Dominican capital, he stated, “one who sees it today and compares it to twenty years ago realizes that there is a before and after.”

He highlighted the renovation of all the rooms, the construction of modern hotels, and the diversity of attractions that puts the city in a unique context, far from envy to any other in the hemisphere.

SDQ Santo Domingo MICE 2018

SDQ Santo Domingo MICE 2018 is held from October 29th to the 31st at the Sheraton Santo Domingo hotel.

Roberto Henríquez, president of the Hotel Association of Santo Domingo and host, thanked the Ministry of Tourism and the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (Asonahores), for its collaboration and alliance.

In this first edition, a day and a half of the business agenda were prepared, combined with the historic and cultural offer of the city of Santo Domingo with other tourist destinations.

The meeting brings together hoteliers, event producers, airlines, meeting planners, tour operators, and destination management companies, among other related entities of the tourism segment.

50 local companies from the main tourist destinations exhibit their products and services, along with participating buyers from 16 countries, including:

  • United States
  • Mexico
  • Colombia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Peru
  • Ecuador
  • Uruguay
  • Argentina
  • Costa Rica
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Germany

It is noteworthy that MICE moves more than 3 million travelers from all over the world every year. 

MICE events are usually centered on a theme or topic and aim at a professional, school, academic or trade organization or another particular interest group.


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