Spotlight on San Pedro de Macoris as a tourism destination
The Ministry of Tourism and the Central University of the East (UCE), the largest university in the southeast, have signed a five-year institutional agreement to promote tourism in San Pedro de Macoris, where the university is based, as reported in Acento. The agreement seeks to promote the cultural aspects of the city of San Pedro de Macoris, which is a 10-minute drive from the Juan Dolio and Guayacanes beach and hotel areas.
The agreement was signed by Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia and UCE rector Jose A. Hazim Torres.
Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia said the agreement includes strategic planning to define the focus of the tourism model for the city of San Pedro de Macoris and to identify the infrastructural support that would be needed for an increase in visitors.
“We will implement projects that are defined as strategic for positioning the province as a tourist destination,” said Garcia. A San Pedro de Macoris Tourist Destination Action Plan will be prepared with a calendar of events and cultural celebrations, he said.
The agreement seeks to promote the city’s architectural heritage, the traditions of the immigrants from the English-speaking Caribbean islands (Cocolos) who came to work in the sugar industry, the sugar industry itself, and baseball traditions as complements to beach and sun tourism.
As part of the agreement, the UCE will draft a report on the architectural and social heritage of the city of San Pedro de Macoris.
Garcia said that San Pedro was striving to attract a greater share of travelers to the Dominican Republic. He said that in September 2014 the country registered hotel occupancy levels that were more in line with high season, a 13.2% increase over September 2013.
Source: DR1, Acento.com.do
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