The interest shown by foreign investors led the Dominican government to double the target of the number of rooms it planned to build in Pedernales Province in the southern region that had been waiting for years for the much-publicized tourism development plan. to materialize.
Yesterday, President of the Republic Luis Abenader presented the first pie for the construction of road infrastructure for the project in Cabo Rojo and announced that the hotel supply in the province will exceed 6000 rooms. At first there were about 3,500.
Abinader cited nine foreign hotel chains interested in developing projects in the border province. These are AmResorts, Hilton, Marriott, Hyatt, Iberostar, Radisson, Playa, Karisma, Wyndham and CHC-Coral of Dominican descent.
The President stated that Pedernales will become a global tourist destination, and a pioneer in conservation tourism, within the framework of a sustainable development model.
He stressed that the start of operation of this project, which will be developed in the next ten years with investments estimated at 3 thousand million dollars, represents an opportunity to create about 20 thousand direct jobs and about 56 thousand indirect jobs in the region.
The project will start with an investment of 1 billion US dollars.
Swimming in Bahia de las Aguilas
The President emphasized that the Pedernales tourism development plan would respect the Bahia de las Aguilas beach.
“Tourists will be able to shower but there will be no construction in that area and the legal framework will be preserved… We will respect the projection scheme for the environment and respect for protected areas and national parks…,” Abu Nader said. .
High class destination
Executive Director of the Directorate General of Public-Private Partnerships (DGAPP), Sigmund Freund, highlighted that Pedernales will be the first tourism destination with high international, environmental and sustainable standards organized and developed under a public-private alliance.
Freund noted that the goal is that by 2024 there will be 3,000 hotel rooms in Cabo Rojo, an international airport, a waterway and vital service businesses so that the first tourists can start arriving.
“We will work tirelessly so that in the next three years we will have a destination in full development, capable of achieving prosperity and progress for all, a green tourist destination that takes care of the natural wealth of its environment, free of plastic and pollution and that it offers its visitors unforgettable experiences.”
Arrival of tourists
The Minister of Tourism, David Collado, during his participation in the event, explained that the Pedernales tourism development plan will be implemented in accordance with the standards of land use planning, and announced that a boardwalk will be constructed.
Collado took the opportunity to provide some data on tourism’s recovery, highlighting that the sector posted a strong recovery in June. He pointed out that about 300,000 foreigners have arrived in the country this month.
The president of the Puntacana group, Franck Rainieri, considered Pedernales to be no competition for Punta Cana, the main tourist center of the Dominican Republic, because it is a different niche.
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