20,723 new rooms are planned until 2021
The Dominican Republic is promoting the attraction of investments aimed at its hotel sector with the aim of creating new tourism product in its territory. The two most important projects announced in the first quarter of 2019 will involve several tourist developments in Bahía de las Águilas and Playa Dorada.
The Dominican country closed 2018 with record numbers of tourists arriving registering a total of 6.6 million visitors, which represents an interannual increase of 6.2%. A figure that hopes to increase with the arrival of new tourism projects.
Bahía de las Águilas and Playa Dorada are not the only destinations with tourism projects in progress. Thus, in the first nine months of 2018, the Tourism Development Council (Confotur) approved the classification of 73 tourism projects with an associated investment of around 4,118.5 million dollars (3,650 million euros). These investments will lead to the creation of 20,723 new rooms between 2019 and 2021.
Bahía de las Águilas, in the province of Pedernales, is a natural enclave of the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. With a wild beach of white sand, it is part of the Jaragua National Park, a protected environment where you can see flamingos, herons, seagulls and different species of marine turtles in danger of extinction.
In this area, the Dominican Government plans to promote tourism development of ecotourism, sustainable and not massive. The project is based on the recovery, by the Dominican Public Administration, of a land of 362 million square meters in Bahía de las Águilas.
Tourism investments in this area will allow the commercial exploitation of the eight kilometers of Bahía de las Águilas beach. The strongest tour operators in the Dominican Republic have already shown their interest in this potential new destination.
At this time, Bahía de las Águilas does not have any kind of tourist infrastructure, but many tourists book a couple of days to enjoy an excursion in the area, staying overnight in Pedernales or even in the Barahona border.
INVESTMENT OF 88.5 MILLION IN PUERTO PLATA
The second of the tourist developments that will see the light is Playa Dorada, in the province of Puerto Playa. On the north coast of the Dominican Republic will be the project ‘Green One Playa Dorada’, which will provide 1,000 new rooms.
The promoters are the Venezuelan company Grupo Velutini and the Dominican company Grupo IEMCA. With complex and major projects in Santo Domingo and Punta Cana, these two investors are now focusing on Puerto Plata, convinced of its potential for tourism in the future.
The global investment of the project in Puerto Plata amounts to 100 million dollars (more than 88 million euros). The agreement to build ‘Green One Playa Dorada’ was closed in Madrid, during the latest edition of Fitur, in which the Dominican Republic was the main partner country.
The first phase of the new macro-complex will consist of the complete remodeling of 17 villas and nine three-story buildings in the current Puerto Plata Village hotel, in the construction of a new 175-room hotel with a 300-meter beach club. This phase could be concluded by the end of the year.
In a second phase, the ‘Green One Playa Dorada’ complex will incorporate another 175-room hotel and three seven-story buildings that will house 343 additional rooms. And, finally, the third phase will involve adding four more buildings with 224 rooms and a shopping center with eight stores.