Juan Jose Hidalgo Acero, the president of the Spanish Globalia Group, was sworn in recently as a Dominican citizen.
Hidalgo, Honorary Consul in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, visited the Dominican Republic for the first time in 1986 and since then Globalia has invested some US$450 million in the country, specifically in the tourism sector.
“I have decided to become a Dominican citizen because of the love and ties that unite me to this country, both at the human and sentimental levels,” expressed Mr. Hidalgo.
The Globalia Group owns six hotels in the Dominican Republic, with a total of 3,000 rooms distributed in Puerto Plata (North Coast), Boca Chica, Bayahibe and Punta Cana (Eastern Region).
In addition, Air Europa – the Group’s airline has transported to the country more than 2.5 million passengers during the last 10 years.
Aside from the Air Europa airline, the Globalia Group also manages various tour operators – Travel Plan and ViajesHalcon – and the hotel chain “Be Live Hotels,” and Groundforce, a ground handling operation which is currently operating in four of the country’s international airports.