President Danilo Medina received on Tuesday a courtesy
visit from executives of Marriot Internacional and real estate developers of
The Ocean Club Group, who expressed to the president his interest in turning
the coasts of Puerto Plata into a tourist attraction with the construction of
three hotels of luxury at a cost superior to 350 million dollars.
The businessmen offered the information by offering a press conference in the Orlando Martínez Hall of the National Palace, after meeting with the Head of State in the Private Room of the Government House.
The executives said that with the investment of more than 350 million dollars and the generation of some 2,000 direct jobs, they will increase the offer of hospitality in the market.
Ian Schembri-Sant, CEO of The Ocean Club and one of the developers of the large project, said that the purpose is to establish the north coast of the island as one of the main destinations for luxury tourism.
Meanwhile, Hervé Humler, president and CEO of Ritz-Carlton and Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, described the meeting with President Medina and the opportunity to travel to this beautiful country as exciting.
“I want to express my gratitude to the President and his cabinet for the support they are giving to all of our initiatives,” he said.
He stressed that they intend to install the best of the best. “When I talk about the best of the best, I talk about the establishment of the The Ritz-Carlton company, my luxury brand W Hotels and the luxury collection The Luxury Collection,” he explained.
He said they focus their efforts on one thing: bring back
to the Dominican Republic 1% of the market of luxury travelers that will come
from all over the world.
With the businessmen were the Ministers of Tourism and the Environment, Francisco Javier García and Ángel Estévez, respectively.