MITUR promotes meetings and conventions at LAMITE
Coming new this winter at Melia resorts in Punta Cana
Rum Festival coming soon to Puerto Plata
Travel up 10% in May



MITUR promotes meetings and conventions at LAMITE
The Ministry of Tourism was host to the Latin America Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange 2018 (Lamite) from 18-20 June 2018. The meetings took place at the Jaragua Renaissance and the Santo Domingo Sheraton hotels on the Malecón in Santo Domingo. The event brought together travel wholesalers and other tourism industry businesses.

Deputy Minister of Tourism Fausto Fernandez welcomed the guests from all of Latin America during the welcome reception at Lulu Tasting Bar in the Colonial City. He spoke of how tourism is a fundamental part of the Dominican economy and the impact of events of this kind.

Fernandez said, as quoted in El Nacional: “I especially welcome those that are registered in conventions and events in the MICE [Meetings, Incentive, Conventions and Evens) tourism industry segment, which is one which we (the Dominican Republic) want to push. He expressed his pride in the country having so many interesting things to offer and that it is now a mature destination.
The Latin America Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange is put together by the Questex Travel Group, publisher of International Meetings Review.

“This is the MICE industry’s only event that brings global suppliers to Latin America to meet one-on-one with pre-qualified, Latin America-based buyers,” said Jill Birkett, event director, Questex Travel Group. “No other organizer offers the private, one-to-one meeting concept, which gives suppliers optimal networking and relationship building opportunities.”

Suppliers at the event represent cruise lines, tour operators, destination management companies and sought-after incentive destinations, hotels, resorts and spas across the globe.

http://elnacional.com.do/mitur-busca...ca-dominicana/

http://www.internationalmeetingsrevi...-lamite-104530


Coming new this winter at Melia resorts in Punta Cana
The Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort is accepting bookings for November 2018. The adults-only property promises luxurious facilities, superior quality cuisine and Meliá Paradisus ‘The Level’ high-end service. The hotel is also attractive to golfers, as the Cocotal Golf Course is walking distance from the property. Rooms at the hotel are 42 square meters, decorated in tropical style.

Renovations have enhanced the attractiveness for families of the adjacent Meliá Caribe Beach Resort. The renovated property is also preparing for a November opening. Both the Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort and the Meliá Caribe Beach Resort were once part of the Melia Caribe Tropical Resort, but will now be operating separately to better serve distinct publics.

Meliá Hotels International also announces the opening later this year of The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana in December 2018. Featuring expansive suite-style accommodations, including Swim-Up Suites, The Grand Reserve will offer seven restaurants and bars; a full-service spa by Natura Bissé; a Beach Club with access to the Bavaro Beach; a kids club and aqua adventure park; as well as a wellness facility. Guests of The Grand Reserve will also have access to all of the amenities and services of Paradisus Palma Real.


Rum Festival coming soon to Puerto Plata
The land of rum, Puerto Plata, is preparing to host participants in its first Dominican Rum Festival. The event is set for 6 to 7 July 2018. Jakaira Cid, director of the Puerto Plata Tourism Cluster announces the full support of Puerto Plata rum producers. The brands Brugal, Macorix, Ron Veleiro and Bermudez will be offering tasting, tours and sponsoring shows and gastronomical events. There will be shows with Victor Víctor, Gilberto Sana Rosa, Eddy Herrera, El Prodigio, La India Canela, Fefita la Grande, Narciso and Krisspy.


Travel up 10% in May
The Central Bank statistics department reports an increase of 7% in the flow of travelers in May 2018 compared to May 2017. In May, air arrivals were 406,178, or 33,290 more passengers than in May last year. Foreign travel to the country was up 6%, or 24,867 more tourists. Non-resident Dominicans showed a 13.7% increase, or 8,423 more travelers.
Overall, May 2017 to May 2018 shows a 5.9% variation.
Most travelers to the Dominican Republic are from North America (USA, Canada and Mexico) with 57.9%, followed by Europe with 21.4%, South America 16.6% and Central America and the Caribbean with 3.8%.

https://gdc.bancentral.gov.do/Common...ico2018-05.pdf