The Republic Dominican,
The second largest and most diverse country in the Caribbean and a tropical island paradise, the Dominican Republic is a welcoming and naturally, culturally and historically rich destination. The tourism sector is experiencing strong growth and the country is aiming to double tourist numbers in 2022 to reach 10 million visitors. Faced with this, how does the destination plan to protect and enhance its heritage? Which sustainable tourism strategy?
Famous for its beaches and its seaside hotels very focused on MICE, La Repdom nevertheless has a very green heart and a exuberant with a mountain range nicknamed "Dominican Alps", 29 National Parks, 15 nature reserves and 9 protected islands, as well as a new category of accommodation in the form of ranches and eco-lodges.
"The responsible participation of all in the development of Dominican tourism has always been important," said Mercedes Castillo, Director of the Tourist Office. For 30 years, 17 national parks and several natural or scientific reserves have been created. The Tourist Office of the Dominican Republic wants to encourage sustainable and responsible initiatives, and to give ideas to make us ethical tourists. It seemed natural to us, in our efforts in favor of responsible and sustainable tourism, to be a sponsor of the Palmes du Tourisme Durable which rewards travel companies that make efforts to preserve the environment and the communities of the sites visited » .
Initiatives are born, such as the rice eco-tourism route which was inaugurated in February 2017 in Cotuí where the hoteliers of Playa Dorada who have launched a joint project with the Ministry of the Environment aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from tight.
While most MICE operations generally take place in the famous seaside resorts (Punta Cana and Cap Cana on the east coast, La Romana-Bayahibe on the south-east coast, La Samana on the north-east coast and Puerto Plata on the north coast, without forgetting Santo Domingo, the cultural capital, on the South coast), the interior of the island is not neglected for as much and rural tourism is in full development in this Caribbean island. For the Mice of seminars, team buildings and small active groups in general, the new hotels are ranches or eco-lodges… and outdoor activities are not lacking, as, for example, in the central valley du Cibao (2 hours by road from Santo Domingo, to the north): Rafting on the Yaque del Norte river, from Rancho Baïguate or Rancho Jarabacoa (about 3 hours of navigation and about twenty rapids, through tropical landscapes varied, up to the Tavere canyon). The expedition can be combined with a horseback ride, ecological sports (trekking, canyoning, tubing, zip line, canopy, climbing, abseiling, paragliding, etc.) and be accompanied by buffets in rustic "ranchos" and even bivouacs under tents, several service providers now managing these activities. For the less athletic, you can make do with an excursion to the waterfalls and natural pools of Salto de Jimenoa, Salto de Bayagate or Balneario de la Confluencia, all located around Jarabacoa. For the very sporty, trekking-bivouac on the Pico Duarte…
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