SANTO DOMINGO — For the first time in two years, the Dominican Republic’s premier travel and tourism event will be held in person from May 11-13, 2022.
The 22nd edition of the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE), hosted by the Hotel and Tourism Association of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES), will return this year with more than 160 suppliers and buyers from 20 countries at the Barceló Bávaro Convention Center in Punta Cana.
“As a result of our sector’s hard work and strong commitment, and the attractive diversity of our Dominican product, we have seen consistent growth in occupation in our destination in the last year,” said Rafael Blanco Tejera, President of ASONAHORES. “This success demonstrates the effectiveness of our response to the global pandemic and enables us to proudly hold this key event in person, so we can continue to reinforce our strong foundation with the tourism sector and its stakeholders.”
The event will serve as the main platform for business meetings between international travel agents and tour operators, and the DR’s main tourism suppliers. Although business exchanges will be the main focus, there will also be special attention to promoting the destination’s cultural attractions through on-site art exhibits, musical entertainment and artistic performances.
This year’s edition will also emphasize the use of digital technology to reduce the use of paper, in line with the sector’s goals of promoting sustainability. A system of pre-booked meetings and automated agencies will be in place to facilitate interaction and time management among participants.
International tour operators and travel agents can sign up for complimentary registration until March 23 at www.date.com.do.