On the daybreak of a brand new actuality, the tourism trade within the Dominican Republic is getting ready to reopen and supply the best requirements of well being and security to satisfy its travellers’ expectations. We requested Nadira de Santos, Nation Supervisor for Discova within the Dominican Republic, to inform us how the COVID disaster has affected the nation and about the way forward for the trade in a post-pandemic period.
Are you able to give some perception into tourism in The Dominican Republic earlier than COVID-19?
Within the DR now we have skilled a rise in tourism over the past decade, with a peak throughout 2018 and 2019. Guests had been trying to find a “true Caribbean expertise” and that’s precisely what we will supply them within the Dominican Republic. Most tourism was centred across the huge all-inclusive presents with a small quantity specializing in “off-the-beaten-track” tourism.
The vacationer movement throughout 2019 registered closed to a few million non-resident guests with a 4.7% enhance in comparison with 2018, in accordance with a report by the Central Financial institution of the Dominican Republic.Regardless of some adverse campaigns launched in the USA which prevented travellers from visiting Latin American international locations, most of our guests got here from the USA with a development charge of 8.0% in comparison with the identical interval of the earlier yr.
Earlier than the Covid-19 pandemic, tourism employed nearly half one million individuals – that’s about 5% of our complete inhabitants – and accounted for over 17% of the nation’s GDP. So for sure, the surprising world well being disaster has made us take a step again. From the very starting of the Covid-19 pandemic, the DR’s technique to forestall an uncontrollable rise within the variety of infections was to shut all borders and cancel any incoming or outgoing industrial flights.
Why ought to travellers add the Dominican Republic to their future journey bucket checklist?
It could sound absurd, however the Dominican Republic is one essentially the most underrated locations within the Caribbean – and the continent general. Travellers affiliate the nation with the attractive seashores and opulent resorts however what most individuals don’t know is that only a few hours away from the ocean, it’s attainable to go to some very cool, mountainside cities and vastly completely different ecosystems. The DR is house to each the best peak in addition to the bottom level in your entire Caribbean. It’s a part of the second largest Caribbean island with a panorama filled with nearly 30 nationwide parks (together with some UNESCO listed Biosphere Reserves). Travellers can discover a whole lot of rivers, waterfalls, cenotes, lakes and lagoons, dozens of offshore islands and cays, desert-like dunes, and a few very large mountains. Did I point out the seashores? Amongst all of the pure wonders, the nation is wealthy in tradition and traditions – there’s one thing for everybody, the Dominican Republic really is all the things a traveller appears for.
What’s Discova doing to make sure we’re able to welcome travellers once more and guarantee their security and well being?
The Ministry of Tourism lately introduced that the DR will probably be open for worldwide tourism from 1 July. Discova is able to welcome travellers again to the attractive DR. All of our employees are at present present process an intensive coaching by the Dominican authorities for “Well being and Security norms for companies regarding COVID-19”. Additionally, now we have obtained the WTTC certification and have gone above and past to make sure the protection of our travellers and our employees. We’re implementing plans and procedures much more rigorous than these required by the native authorities and even the World Well being Group. We at all times go the additional mile and on this case amongst some new normal measures, now we have adjusted our automobiles, services and procedures to supply security kits for every of our arriving travellers. From well being kits for the passengers to shoe disinfecting stations and further safety gear for our employees, we’ve carried out these processes for everybody’s security.
What’s Discova’s method on Accountable Journey within the Dominican Republic?
This pandemic has taught everybody – each individuals and companies – some crucial classes about the way in which we coexist with each other and the way we deal with the planet. There are various methods to proceed sustainable and accountable journey initiatives after COVID and we’re doing our greatest to maintain up with that. At Discova we’ve at all times been dedicated to supporting the native communities in every vacation spot. Greater than ever, we’re creating new experiences that profit small companies and native individuals, such because the Boca de Yuma city the place we’re working with fishermen, eating places and the opposite group stakeholders to give you new, accountable and sustainable excursions for our travellers. Discova can also be about to launch new experiences in Las Galeras, a spot often known as the primary full eco-tourism vacation spot within the DR which goals to draw extra acutely aware, accountable travellers. Lastly, our inner processes are being optimised to cut back to a minimal (and eradicate if attainable) using plastic and paper.
We’re totally dedicated to accountable and sustainable practices, it’s a part of Discova’s core values. And it’s secure to say that our crew within the Dominican Republic has tailored and ready to take care of the brand new actuality all of us face. We’re wanting ahead to welcoming travellers again to the great DR!
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