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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Dominican Republic tests Indian waters

Testing Indian tourism market for the first time is The Dominican Republic. Sabrina Cambiaso, director, Dominican Republic Tourist Board speaking to Express TravelWorld said, “We have always had interest in the Indian market. Our first inroad was the setting up of the embassy six years ago. We have successfully established trade relations with India and would now like to extend this to tourism as well.” She further informed that in 2011, 3,000 Indians travelled to The Dominican Republic and this was a positive sign because of which they wish to check the possibility of developing this market further.

“We are currently testing waters and getting feedback from Indian travel trade about The Dominican Republic and the response has been overwhelming,” she added. The feedback recieved will be conveyed back to the ministry of tourism in The Dominican Republic, who after careful study would draw out a Master Plan for this region.

On products and packages which have shown most interest, Cambiaso informed that they have seen particular interest in adventure products, affordable luxury as well as exclusive luxury. There has also been interest in golf and wedding based packages as well. “MICE seems to be a big business generator, and The Dominican Republic is well equipped for that as well with a total of 70,000 hotel rooms,” she added.

Acquiring visa is also not a challenge, Cambiaso promises. “Visa process is also simple, it takes two working days to procure a visa. And all those who have a valid UK, Schengen, UK and Canadian visa, are granted a 30-day tourist card,” she said.

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Source: Express Travel World

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