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Position Caribbean as Unified Destination– President Medina

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Image: Garwin DavisPrime Minister the A Lot Of Hon. Andrew Holness (centre) looks on as President of the Dominican Republic, His Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez (left) exchanges greetings with Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourist Company (UNWTO), Dr. Taleb D. Rifai. Occasion was the UNWTO Gala Dinner and Tourist Icon Awards at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall, St. James, on November 28.

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  • Dominican Republic President, His Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez, states the Caribbean stands to benefit significantly from the positioning of the region as a combined destination in the worldwide tourist market.
  • “Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Cuba, Puerto Rico and all the islands that comprise this stunning area have huge prospective if we have the ability to weave a network of offers that allows consumers to explore all the attractions that it adds up to– the climate, culture and experience offered by the Caribbean,” he said further.Tourism Minister
  • , Hon. Edmund Bartlett, in his remarks at the signing notified that Jamaica and Mexico will likewise sign a memorandum of understanding in January 2018 that will”unite the 4 major markets in the Caribbean into a cooperative arrangement that will allow us to provide a market for near to 33 million individuals “. Dominican Republic President, His

Excellency Danilo Medina Sánchez, says the Caribbean stands to benefit greatly from the positioning of the area as an unified location in the global tourist market.President Medina, who was addressing the United Nations Gala Dinner and Tourism Icon Awards at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall, St. James, on November 28, said that while nations will continue to promote their individual locations,”it is recognisng that there is a larger market beyond”.” There is a visitor who wishes to build up more than one experience in his trip, understand the richness and diversity of our cultures and make the most of his visit to this side of the world to take a trip to different places,”he pointed out.”Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Cuba, Puerto Rico and all the islands that comprise this lovely area have enormous possible if we have the ability to weave a network of offers that permits customers to check out all the destinations that it amounts to– the climate, culture and experience used by the Caribbean,” he said further.President Medina stated it was within this context that the Dominican Republic and Jamaica had signed a multi-destination contract, which will offer both nations access to a combined larger market.The arrangement focuses on joint marketing and airlift arrangements and is similar to the arrangement signed between Cuba and Jamaica in January.Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, in his remarks at the finalizing informed that Jamaica and Mexico will also sign a memorandum of understanding in January 2018 that will”combine the four major markets in the Caribbean into a symbiotic plan that will permit us to provide a market for near to 33 million individuals”. President Medina, in his address at the gala dinner and awards, said the goal” is for this to be followed by many other contracts amongst the countries of the Caribbean, which allow us to develop our full potential “. Indicating the robust growth in tourist in the Caribbean in the past year, he noted that the area grew faster than the world average, going beyond 25 million visitors for the very first time.He said all indications are that 2017 will be the 8th successive year of constant development for tourism in the region.

“This is vital since we are presently the area that depends the most on tourist income in our economies. To offer you an example, for the Dominican Republic, tourist is producing more than 25 percent of the currencies created by our economy,” he noted.President Medina stated that as Governments there is much the Caribbean can do to promote tourism in the area, citing, for example, open skies and migration facilitation, much better and more efficient airports, tax incentives and, obviously, joint promo.”Similarly, there is much that the private sector can start to do. Trip operators, travel bureau, airlines, shipping companies and other stars should see the great benefits they can acquire if they begin to develop appealing multi-destination items,” he stated.”Our nation … wishes to deal with all you to transform the tourist sector not only into a development engine however into a motor for sustainable growth,”he noted even more.

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