CHTA, Dominican Republic Strengthen Ties
The Caribbean tourism stakeholders are developing ties with the region’s most-visited destination, the Dominican Republic, starting right from hotel associations to government leaders across the region.
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) announced an agreement in July with the National Association of Hotels and Restaurants in the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES) to “share with CHTA and its members research on tourism’s broad economic impact and linkages to various industries and areas of economic activity in the country.”
The agreement also provides ASONAHORES the Dominican Republic’s primary hospitality association with access to reports CHTA partners including STR, MasterCard, KPMG, ADARA, Travelzoo, the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the American Resort Development Association, and the World Travel and Tourism Council. CHTA will also engage the group in discussions with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as the latter reviews extending the Caribbean Hotels Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Action (CHENACT) program to member hotels.
The two organizations will explore other collaborative opportunities including “sustainable tourism, tourism investment promotion, regional tourism marketing, capacity building of local destination marketing organizations, regional air connectivity, cruise tourism and human resource development.”
CHTA’s initiative follows a May visit to the Dominican Republic by Andrew Holness, Jamaica’s prime minister. During this visit, the counties signed a visa waiver agreement designed to facilitate diplomatic and official passport holders’ travel between Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.