The Association of Hotels and Tourism Projects of the Dominican Republic’s Eastern Region, and the Dominican Association of Tourism Journalists, both elected Francisco Javier García, the country’s Minister of Tourism, as the “Tourism Personality of the Dominican Republic” for the great work and many contributions he has carried out in benefit of the sector and the national economy during 2016.
The Hotel Association brings together the eastern region’s most prestigious hotels, while the Dominican Association of Tourism Journalists covers all areas related to the important local industry.
In choosing the Personality of the Year, the Hotel Association evaluates all those individuals who have contributed to the socio-economic growth of the industry.
Minister Garcia thanked the organizations for the award, and stated that the country’s tourism industry is the economic sector that contributes the most to the country’s development.
The Association also distinguished the country’s Tourism Police (CESTUR) for the impressive work they carry out to guarantee the safety of all visitors in the D.R. Also, the Association named Rolando González Bunster, president of the Board of Directors of the Energy Consortium Punta Cana -Macao as “Entrepreneur of the Year.”
During its Annual Gala event the Association also presented Pedro M. Torres, General Manager of the Ocean Blue & Sand Hotel by H10, the award as “Hotelier of 2016” and the online tourism publication Accessdr.com, edited by the Information and Communication Center (CICOM) as the “Online International Media Outlet.”