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The President of the Republic, Luis Abinader Corona today announced the Responsible Tourism Recovery Plan for COVID-19, the purpose of which is to anticipate, address and overcome the new challenges facing the tourism sector.
This plan to promote tourism seeks to strengthen foreign investment, create jobs and reduce social gaps through sustainable development.
“Our goal is to minimize the effects of the pandemic and promote a responsible recovery that prioritizes health, maximizes the potential for job creation and economic growth, and promotes the sector to continue to develop in a sustainable way,” said the president.
The Minister of Tourism, DavidCollado said that he maintains an active work agenda to overcome the challenges of the pandemic and ensure that the country continues to occupy the 1st. place in the region as a destination for vacationing, for doing business, investing or as a second home.
he Plan for the Responsible Recovery of Tourism in the face of COVID-19 is structured around 4 fundamental pillars of action: governance, health risk management, assertive communication and financial support for the value chain.
As part of the actions of the Recovery Plan, it will be created by the Tourism Cabinet, led by the President, under the executive direction of the Minister of Tourism and made up of institutions that directly affect the value chain of the sector.
A travel assistance plan will be granted until December 2020 that includes emergency coverage, long-stay accommodation and flight change costs in the event of a contagion.
What is known as the Sanitary Bubble will be implemented, consisting of the creation of a robust protocol for the management of positive cases and the patient’s relatives.
The new sanitary protocol has been certified by Safe Travels of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and Buró Veritas. Both world leaders in certifications in the sector.
This insurance will be covered 100% by the Dominican State to ensure the availability of strategic air routes, through promotional agreements and guarantee of quotas on flights to local tourist destinations.
Effective as of September 1, 2020, the government will have incentives for the sector with an investment program of more than RD $ 420 million pesos.
In addition, an important package of economic measures has been announced to support the sector.