Ana Garcia-Sotoca Pascual, former director of the La Romana-Bayahibe Tourism Cluster, is the new director of the Romana-Bayahibe Hotels Association. Spanish-born, she has worked in destination management for more than 10 years. At the Hotel Association, Garcia-Sotoca will be in charge of sustainable tourism, environmental management, community development, marketing and public relations for the hotel association. She replaces Kelly Robinson, a Texas native, who was appointed executive director of the Galveston Park Board of Trustees in Texas, after directing the association since 2008.
Garcia-Sotoca is a graduate in tourism from the Escuela Superior de Turismo in the Spanish Balearic Islands. She has a masters degree in destination management from the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid. Prior to residing permanently in the Dominican Republic, she worked for three years at the Asociacion de Hoteles de Cala Millor in Mallorca from 2001 to 2004. Since 2006 she resides in La Romana-Bayahibe and in 2010 was chosen to direct the regional tourism cluster that has had financial backing from the Inter-American Development Bank and USAID.
She is recognized at the CTRB for her work in increasing local participation in destination matters, through teamwork and active communication.
The Association of Hotels of Romana Bayahibe (AHRB) was created in 2000 to foster sustainable development in the southeastern region, encouraging hotel operation practices that are environmentally friendly and community outreach programs. Its members are: Hotel Oasis Canoa, Viva Wyndham Dominican Beach, Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace, Hotel Catalonia Gran Dominicus, Hotel Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus, Casa de Campo, La Estancia Golf, Bahia Principe La Romana, Dreams La Romana and Tropical Tours.