The Tourism Promotion Council has reported on the participation of the Dominican Republic in an intense round of workshops held in Paris, prior to the country’s participation in the Top Resa French travel show. According to CPT, the Dominican delegation met with over 250 tour operators, incentive houses, and European tourism businessmen in France last 23-24 September.
The Dominican group had the cooperation of Air France. The Ministry of Tourism was represented by Luis Simo.
The delegation made contacts with delegates from Poland, Russia, Austria, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland.
The Dominican party later participated in Top Resa 96, from 26-29 September in Deauville, France. Around 350 exhibitors and 7,000 travel agents were present, of which 75% were French.
The Dominican group was made up by Renaissance Capella and the Jaragua Hotels, Casa de Campo, Boca Chica Resort, Occidental Hotels, Club Dominicus, Hotel Santo Domingo and Hispaniola, Talanquera, Victoria Resort, Hoteles Bavaro, Hoteles Amhsa, Punta Cana Beach Resort, Sand Castle, Don Juan Beach Resort, and Puerto Plata Village. The participating tour operators were El Caballo Tours, Apolo Tours, Hola Tours, Prieto Tours, Turinter, Mapa Tours, Turmaya and Denisse Tours.
The CPT press release explains that the French market has developed with the support of Air France. This airline began flying to the country in 1994 with two flights a week using a 747 aircraft with a capacity for 517 passengers. In April 1995, the airline added a third weekly flight and in October of this year a fourth will be started and in 1997, five flights a week are scheduled. In addition to the 747, Air France is using a 737 with capacity for 141 passengers for two flights a week that connect Santo Domingo with Francophone Caribbean cities, including Port au Prince, Haiti; Fort de France, Martinique; Point-a-Pitre, Guadaloupe; and Cayenne in French Guiana. Those flights connect to transatlantic flights to Paris. Mr. Alain Menard, general manager of Air France for the Dominican Republic, said that promotional efforts carried out by the CPT since last year supported the wish of Air France to add the fourth flight that now leaves every Thursday.
CPT also mentioned that in addition, the promotional efforts have attracted several French charter airlines, which are interested in flying to Santo Domingo. Of these, Corsair, a subsidiary of the leading French tour operator Nouvelles Frontieres, has requested permission from the aviation authorities to fly to the Dominican Republic.
An estimated 15,000 French tourists visited the Dominican Republic last year.