Madrid, Spain.– The Banco Popular Dominicano and the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (Asonahores) presented to the Secretary of the World Tourism Organization, Zurab Pololikashvili, the study “Dominican Tourism: a decade of contributions 2009 -2019” , an investigation that updates the references of the impact of tourism as an engine of the Dominican economy, its composition and growth potential, and that will be presented in Santo Domingo, soon.
Within the framework of the meeting, the Secretary General of the UNWTO, Mr. Zurab Pololikashvili, reiterated the good approach that the Dominican Republic has given as a country to the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of the efforts of the Government and of the work together with the sector private, pointing to the nation as a reference and important country for UNWTO projects.
Mr. Pololikashvili advocated for a Dominican tourism model based on the pillars of innovation, entrepreneurship, education and new destinations, highlighting the importance of taking rural tourism into account, as a way of contributing to local economies and the families that comprise them.
Meanwhile, the executive president of Banco Popular, Mr. Christopher Paniagua and the president of Asonahores, Rafael Blanco Tejera, congratulated on behalf of the institutions that direct the support that the UNWTO has given to the Dominican Republic, highlighting the importance that this sector has for the economy and for the socio-economic future of thousands of families that participate in its value chain.
Mr. Paniagua reaffirmed at UNWTO the financial entity’s commitment to the development of sustainable tourism in the Dominican Republic.
The meeting, held at the UNWTO headquarters in Madrid, Spain, was attended by Messrs. Aníbal de Castro, representative of the country to the World Tourism Organization; Biviana Riveiro, executive director of ProDominicana; René Grullón, Senior Executive Vice President of National and International Business at Popular; José Mármol, executive vice president of Public Relations and Communications of Grupo Popular; Mariel Bera, vice president of the Public Relations Area of Grupo Popular; Juan Manuel Martín de Oliva, vice president of the Tourism Business Area of Banco Popular and Andrés Marranzini, executive vice president of Asonahores.