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-up of this project, which will be developed in the next ten years with investments estimated at $3 billion, 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, canal and vital service so that the first tourists can start arriving.
“We will work tirelessly so that in the next three years we 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, Frank Rinieri, considered that Pedernales would not be a competitor to Punta Cana, the main tourist center of the Dominican Republic, because it is a different place.
The Minister of Tourism also spoke there, who said that yesterday’s law begins a development process that will not stop and symbolizes the hope of the residents of this border province, who will have an airport, art food, restaurants, and also “We are going to design and build the Pedernalis Walkway, because tourism cannot develop and its back to people ” .
For his part, the Minister of Public Works said that “the time of change came from the hand of President Louis Abenader to the far south of the whole to transform the region into a pole for economic growth and improving the quality of life in favor of agricultural, commercial and cultural development and reducing costs and travel time.”
The four pillars that make up this project are environmental preservation, hotel development, infrastructure and accessibility, as well as community development and well-being. Ascención made a presentation of the infrastructure works that will accompany the tourism development of Pedernales, including the Barahona-Enriquillo highways; Enrique Pedernales.
Senate presidents. Eduardo Estrella, and House of Representatives, Alfredo Pacheco, respectively, as well as Senator Melania Salvador, of Bahruko, and Dionis Sanchez, of Pedernales.