The Secretary-General, who was on vacation in Dominican Republic, took time to visit the government house, greet President Luis Abinader and Minister of Tourism David Collado, and learn about the country's measures that support a safe and responsible tourism recovery strategy. In a series of tweets following the meetings, Pololikashvili remarked that the country is proof that you can travel responsibly.
"Today, the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, informed me first-hand about how the Dominican Republic protects tourism for the country's recovery. An example to follow, safe tourism is possible!" said Pololikashvili.
"The fact that the World Tourism Organization's Secretary-General chose Dominican Republic as the destination for his first family vacation is a sign of confidence, a sign that our rigorous work and respect for security protocols create trust among the international community," said David Collado, Dominican Republic's Minister of Tourism. "With its sanitary protocol, equipment, security, and infrastructure, the country is prepared to receive tourists."
Secretary Pololikashvili praised the Dominican government's commitment, recognizing that it's not easy to balance economy and health, and stressed that the country is an example to follow. "We have seen with our own eyes that Dominican Republic is a safe country," said Pololikashvili, while he described the country as a paradise for tourists.
Since September 15, 2020, Dominican Republic has implemented the Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan, which includes providing a free healthcare plan for tourists that covers all types of emergencies (including a possible coronavirus contagion) and conducting random tests on incoming passengers at the airport. Dominican Republic tourism industry's security protocols have been endorsed and certified by the international organization Bureau Veritas and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). Furthermore, the Ministry of Tourism launched the Traveler Information Center, an interactive platform that answers the most frequently asked questions by those who plan to visit the country (www.drtravelcenter.com).