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Information updated December 2009


April 06, 2010
  • CNC Clusters Conference
  • Adria brothers to open restaurant in DR
  • DATE conference
  • Barahona focuses on community-based tourism
  • Caribbean Investment Conference
CNC Clusters Conference
The National Competitiveness Council is hosting the First World-Class Sustainable Competitive Tourism Clusters at the Barcelo Convention Center in the Punta Cana area.
The event is organized by The Competitiveness Institute, a global organization that promotes programs to support sustainable tourism practices. Speakers at the event include Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia, the president of the National Hotel & Restaurant Association, Haydee Rainieri. Andres Van der Horst, executive director of the CNC and Tamara Vasquez of the CNC will tell the story of the clusters movement and their effects on tourism development in the country. Alberto Pezzi, president of TCI and Juan Manuel Esteban, outgoing TCI president will also be among the speakers.
www.drtourismclusters.com/drtc/en/program
Adria brothers to open restaurant in DR
Famous chefs Ferran and Albert Adria of El Bulli-fame (Spain) are planning to take part in the La Playita luxury development in the Bayahibe beach resort area. Central Romana and Casa de Campo are behind this new development. Spanish businessmen Francisco Carulla, Julio Altagracia and Xavier Aguilo are developing the project that will include a beach club restaurant directed by the Adrias. The project will also include a designer hotel and lofts to be created by leading architects.
DATE conference
The 11th Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) will be held 19 to 21 April at the convention center of the Moon Palace Casino, Golf and Spa, Punta Cana, soon to be a Hard Rock Resort. Sponsored by the Dominican Ministry of Tourism, DATE is the leading tourism marketing event in the Dominican Republic. Every year, it welcomes more than 100 tour operators from the main tourism markets in North America, Latin America and Europe. For three days, tour operators will take part in an effective business exchange with the main providers of Dominican tourism, including hotels, travel agencies and rental car companies.
The event opens with the inaugural reception and the next day a Caribbean Night at the NH Royal Beach, another new resort in the area. On the evening, the DATE will honor tour operators who have promoted the DR over the past 20 years.
Leonel Reyes, Palace Resorts corporate marketing director for Latin America, Haydee de Rainieri, president of Asonahores, Frank Rainieri, president of Grupo Punta Cana and Deputy Minister Fausto Hernandez made the announcement last week.
Barahona focuses on community-based tourism
The Barahona Tourist Cluster is not sure how many hotel rooms there are in the area, or how many visitors come by air, sea or land. They say those are concerns for the larger Dominican travel destinations. But, as reported in Listin Diario, the Cluster executives are concentrating their efforts on preserving their natural resources that are still pristine and little developed over the 1,650.49 square kilometers that make up the Barahona tourism destination.
As reported, the Barahona Cluster has been studying how other tourism destinations in the country have developed, and plan to learn from larger players' mistakes. They conclude that they should promote community tourism, because they believe this will be of greatest benefit to the community.
During a meeting in Barahona, Cluster director Rafael Matos told the media: "We want to work with criteria of sustainability. We would like the economic trickle to reach the community. And that is why we are promoting community tourism". The Barahona Ecotourism Cluster is working with the Dominican Sustainable Tourism Alliance, which is funded by the US Agency for International Development. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Spanish International Cooperation Agency (AECID), UNESCO, the German Development Cooperation Agency (GTZ) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) are also supporting the sustainable tourism initiative.
Matos says that numbers of travelers are not a priority right now. He says that it is good that the boom has not reached the area because it gives them time to plan, and avoid the mistakes made in other areas.
The work plan covers training micro and small tourism companies in using computers and the Internet, customer service, and arts and crafts. The Cluster also works to keep beaches clean and organized and to strengthen municipal management.
The efforts are also concentrated on remodeling the Barahona city center, creating new themed parks, and on the construction of a boulevard for the city's Malecon seafront avenue. Another priority is to secure the construction of a tourism port. Authorities have committed RD$120 million.
"We are trying to improve our quality of life and only we ourselves can take control of this. No one from anywhere else is going to improve our quality of life and natural resources". He said they are concerned that if they leave tourism development to others, they will be left only with the bad, as has happened in other areas.
Barahona has joined efforts with neighboring provinces Pedernales, Independencia and Bahoruco to offer varied excursions and natural attractions that focus on both the coastline and mountain attractions, exotic gastronomy, and some of the best views in the Caribbean.
Caribbean Investment Conference
The world's leading minds in the tourism industry will be presenting their predictions for tourism recovery at The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC), which takes place at the Puerto Rico Convention Center, 4-6 May 2010.
Presentations by the World Tourism Organization, the World Travel & Tourism Council, Smith Travel Research, KPMG, and others will provide delegates with a global perspective of the tourism industry and how the Caribbean compares.
The extensive list of speakers features ministers of tourism, chief executives of major hotel brands and a host of expert panelists for the diverse two-day program that includes workshops on the economics of being green, the effect of national infrastructure on the tourism industry and also for the first time this year, a panel session and a workshop on Cuba. This panel consists of experts who are actively involved with Cuban policies and their impact on Caribbean tourism, including Emily Morris who writes for the Economist Intelligence Unit on the subject.
Keynote addresses are scheduled by Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuno and Robert Crandall, former AMR Corporation Chairman and CEO.
Visit www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com for the full program, registration, and lodging and travel information.

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