The President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), Gloria Guevara, held separate meetings with the President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, and tourism entrepreneurs from the country, to discuss the importance of strengthening the partnership between the private sector and public authorities so that this important sector continues to grow.
In 2017, the sector supported 679,000 jobs in the Dominican Republic, representing 15.9 % of the total jobs generated. In the decade ahead, 120,000 new jobs will be created in the sector. Travel & Tourism contributes 17.2 % of the country's total GDP, and last year grew by 4.1%.
During the meeting held with the President of the Dominican Republic, the alliance between the public and private sectors was discussed, as well as the opportunity offered by the Travel & Tourism industry as the best sector and partner to generate jobs and prosperity.
"The challenge that exists in the private sector is how we are going to maintain growth in travellers with the infrastructure and procedures that we have today. It is essential that we all align our work,” Ms. Guevara said.
Subsequently, Ms. Guevara held a meeting with businessmen in the Forum Asonahores of Tourism Investment, which addressed issues of security and facilitation of travel, preparation, crisis management and recovery, and sustainable development; which represent the 3 central axes of the WTTC’s work.