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September 14, 2010
  • Julio Llibre, president of Asonahores 2010-2012
  • Seijas Signature Series and Mi Dominicana
  • Routes Americas 2011
  • 9th Latin Music Tours in Bavaro
Julio Llibre, president of Asonahores 2010-2012
The new president of the National Hotel & Tourism Association (Asonahores), Julio Llibre has spoken of the challenges the sector faces in order to adapt to ensure its sustainability and competitiveness. Llibre was speaking after being sworn in for his two-year term at the helm of the leading private sector tourism entity. He praised the close relationship the sector maintains with Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia Fernandez.
"These are times to make adjustments to ensure the sustainability of this important quantitative growth of the sector that has been achieved thanks in good measure to the support of tax incentive laws", he said in his inaugural speech. He said the big challenge is now to grow in quality, while continuing to grow in numbers. He said that obstacles to competitiveness must be overcome. He mentioned the high cost of power, lack of flexibility of labor laws, incompatibility of tax and quasi-tax objectives of the sector and internal and external deficits that affect the economy and its stability. He mentioned these issues needed to be priority for the sector, so as to lead the country to continue to be able to receive foreign investment. He commented in recent years the development of the sector has been spurred by real estate developments linked to golf, a model different to the all-inclusive resort model that formed the base of Dominican tourism. He said this products demands different marketing strategies in order to ensure its economic and financial sustainability.
He also called for an increase in staff training, agility in checking in guests, and improvements in information systems, signage, transport and security.
He said that during his term at the helm of Asonahores, he intends to maintain the collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism. He proposes to produce a diagnosis and inventory of the Dominican tourism sector and the positioning of the sector as an anchor of national development. He says he will work to strengthen the regional organizations and work closely with business associations and tourism clusters, seeing these as spaces for ensuring that the needs of local communities are incorporated into tourism development.
Seijas Signature Series and Mi Dominicana
The People of Tabacalera de Garcia, led by master cigar blender and maker Jose Seijas have created exceptional cigars for the world's most prestigious brands including Montecristi, Romeo y Julieta, H. Upmann and many more. The new Seijas Signature Series is the team's vision of the ultimate cigar and will be available at Casa Montecristi, the Cigar Shop & Lounge at Altos de Chavon, La Romana as of 17 September.
Impressively, the authoritative Cigar Insider, Cigar Aficionado and Robb Report have named the Seijas Signature Series among "Best of the Best."
Also being introduced is Mi Dominicana, described as a full-bodied Dominican puro, Jose Seijas' personal tribute to his nation and its people. Mi Dominicana was named Dominican Puro of the Year 2009 by Cigar Aficionado.
These cigars are manufactured at the Tabacalera de Garcia plant in La Romana. Tours to the factory are available.
See: www.dr1.com/directories/tours/cigar_factory_tour.shtml
Routes Americas 2011
Santo Domingo will be the meeting center for leading airline and airport marketing executives who will be visiting for the Routes Americas network planning event. The 4th Routes America recognizes the vital interdependence of the North, South and Central American markets. Attending are airline executives from the Americas, tourism authorities and tour operators. The event consists of two full days of one-to-one meetings and the Americas Strategy Forum Conference. This is the first time that the Caribbean is hosting the important event.
The event is hosted by Aeropuertos Dominicanos Siglo XXI (Aerodom). Aerodom CEO Andrew O'Brien made the point that the event brings the air transport community of the Americas to Santo Domingo. "We will offer all participants the possibility of discovering a leading Caribbean destination that currently receives close to nine million travelers a year from more than 20 cities around the world," he said.
Aerodom is a private concessionaire that operates six international airports in the DR, including Las Americas and Gregorio Luperon in Puerto Plata.
9th Latin Music Tours in Bavaro
Hermanos Rosario, Hector Acosta "El Torito", Sexappeal and DJ Alex Posada Frank Reyes and Truhanes are booked for a weekend of merengue, bachata and salsa in Bavaro.
The event takes place from Friday, 24 September to Sunday, 26 September at the Barcelo Bavaro in Punta Cana.
For more on ongoing and upcoming events, see www.dr1.com/calendar

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