Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (August 31, 2020) – The Dominican Republic Minister of Tourism, David Collado, met this Monday with the board of directors and former presidents of the National Association of Hotels and Tourism (ASONAHORES), to examine the details and progress made on the Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic presented by President Luis Abinader last week.
The plan seeks to minimize the effects of the pandemic and promote a responsible recovery that prioritizes health, maximizes the potential for job creation and economic growth, and encourages the sector to continue developing in a sustainable way.
During the meeting, Minister Collado reported on the current status of each of the sections of the announced plan – governance, risk management, communication and financial support for the private sector – and confirmed that everything is progressing so that each of the initiatives can be implemented by September 15, 2020.
“We have been working on identifying and undertaking each of the elements that need to be adjusted and addressed so that the plan continues to progress,” said Minister Collado. “Likewise, we are also working on strengthening our tourism offerings to ensure as a destination we are prepared for success in the both the short and long term.”
According to the Plan, the promotion and financing investment will be $28 million. The Government will also invest $7.1 million in other programs to guarantee air routes, through an agreement with the airlines.
The Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan also allows for loosening of fiscal policies, monetary measures, a loan guarantee program, credit help for small and medium-sized businesses, and the creation of a health insurance provided by the Dominican government, for tourists who may be affected by COVID-19.
Among the Plan measures with the greatest impact to be implemented on September 15, are the following:
The Tourism Minister guaranteed that he will work “shoulder to shoulder” with the private sector to achieve the full recovery of the industry that generates the most foreign currency for the country’s economy and begin a new stage in 2021.