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    Bávaro, Punta Cana, 20 de abril 2016

    With in the framework of the celebration of the seventeenth edition of the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (“DATE”), representatives of private associations and public sector related to the tourism sector in Puerto Plata, offered a press conference on Wednesday, April 20th, to inform about recent actions taken as part of the repositioning plan that have jointly launched to accomplish the positive development of tourism in the Puerto Plata.

    The delegation of exhibitors was integrated by Máximo Iglesias and Jakaira Cid, president and CEO of the Tourism Cluster of Puerto Plata (Cluster Turistico del Destino Puerto Plata “CTDPP”); Lorenzo Sancassani, Director of Tourism (MITUR) in Puerto Plata; Tatty Lahoz, Executive Director of the Association of Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Companies North (ASHONORTE); Maria Veras representing the Association of Hotels and Restaurants of Sosúa and Cabarete (ASHORESOCA).

    To begin with his presentation, Mr. Iglesias highlighted the tourism growth that the North region has accomplished during the last year and the first months of 2016. He said that we have reached an innovation process as the result of the strengthened public-private partnership achieved in that touristic destination due to the unification of criteria of all the sectors related to the development of the province.

    The President of the CTDPP revealed that "the arrival of tourists by General Gregorio Luperón International Airport so far this year registered an increase of 11.6% compared to the same period last year. He highlighted the incorporation of new airlines, as Eurowings, Nordwind, Dominican Pawa and opening new frequencies as Katowice (Poland), Port of Spain, Boston, Charlotte, Sheremetievo (Moscow) ".

    For his part, Sancassani reaffirmed that "Mayor steps have been taken in the revival of tourism in the North Coast with the beginning of operations of the cruise port Amber Cove, terminal that, since its opening on October 6, 2015 has received 56 cruise ships with a total of passengers 224.683 ". He also highlighted the effectiveness of the international promotion that the Ministry of Tourism has given to Puerto Plata, which also reflected in the positive increase in visitor arrivals also evidenced by the interest shown by major international chains that want to settle in the area and which recently began operations, as V. Heavens and AM Resorts, in Playa Dorada.

    About the work being done in the Historic Center of the city of Puerto Plata, the Director of MITUR informed that the first streets rejuvenated have been opened for vehicular traffic, and that the completion of the construction of the Amphitheater in la Puntilla del Malecón, with capacity to accommodate about 7,000 thousand people, is scheduled for later this month.

    Representing, ASHONORTE, through its Executive Director, Tatty Lahoz, said that the institution has been part of the joint effort made by the private and government sectors to promote Puerto Plata and to contribute to the revival of the tourism industry the Northern Region with sustainable tourism. "This year we are working on the completion and closing of the awareness campaign" Smile !, you are Puerto Plata " to start the preparations for what will be the new public awareness campaign that will focus on the" Environmental Care, "she said .

    Lahoz also said that "within our social commitment, ASHONORTE continues to introduce among partners and associates the Code of Conduct promoted by ECPAT International Network for child protection, with a total of 70 trained in 2015, and so far in this year it has an increase of 100%, which means that people are becoming aware of this problem that affects everyone, " she said.

    The Executive Director of the Cluster Turistico del Destino Puerto Plata, Jakaira Cid, in her presentation praised the importance of the tourism fair Discover Puerto Plata MarketPlace, an event she called "a great contribution to the region, since in its four editions it has been a stage that has generated important agreements with airlines and hotel chains to stimulate the increase of visitors to the Northen Region”.

    Jakaira Cid also took advantage of the occasion to confirm that the selected date for the 2016 version are the 5th, 6th and 7th of Oct, with Iberostar Costa Dorada as host hotel.

    The executive also informed that by the end of April, the Cluster Turistico del Destino Puerto Plata will launch the website of Puerto Plata as a touristic destination (www.discoverpuertoplata.com), adding a number of new categories and facilities to provide a practical tool and effective consultation portal users.

    She revealed in the next month of May, the institution will issue the newspaper Discover Puerto Plata News as a new tool to promote the attractions of the Northern Region. She said that Discover Puerto Plata News will circulate bimonthly in Spanish and English.

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