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Speaking at a conference recently, Ana García, executive director of both the La Romana – Bayahibe Hotels Association and the Tourism Cluster revealed that the La Romana – Bayahibe area welcomes the greatest number of visitors every year. Every year more than 600,000 visit Saona Island and more than 200,000 visit Altos de Chavón in Casa de Campo.
A statistic which is no doubt down to the exceptional beauty of the area, as well as to efforts to ensure the safety of tourists and visitors.
con más de 600,000 personas visitando Isla Saona y aproximadamente 200,00 viistando Altos de Chavón.
This recent conference brought together CESTUR – Cuerpo Especializado de Seguridad turística (body responsible for tourism safety) with the representatives of the La Romana – Bayahibe Hotels Association and the La Romana – Bayahibe Tourism Cluster. Taking part in the gathering was Amílcar Fernández Tejada, general director of CESTUR, Nelsy Brito mayor of Bayahibe, Ramón Güilamo Alfonso governer of the La Altagracia province (of which La Romana – Bayahibe is part), Juan Jose Santana Medrano governor of La Romana and Ana García executive director of both the La Romana – Bayahibe Hotels Association and the Tourism Cluster.
During the meeting, the representatives of the La Romana – Bayahibe area recognized the excellent work of CESTUR, with Ana García expressing “it is key to be able to count on the support of CESTUR, especially as we welcome the greatest number of visitors in the country, it is very important to keep crime to a minimum.”
Meanwhile, Amílcar Fernández Tejada shared details of a strategic plan to continue to keep crimes in tourist areas to a minimum. This plan has not only been approved by President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina Sánchez, but also the Dominican Ministries of Defence & Tourism, as well as the Hotels and Tourism Association (ASONAHORES).
The new plan will focus on training and modernization, development of operational and logistical capacity, coordination with all sectors; interagency integration, use of new technologies and creating civil affairs program.
“Today the Dominican Republic is safest destination in the Caribbean, no city in the country appears on the most recent list of the top 50 cities in the world with problems of insecurity,” said General Amílcar Fernández Tejada.
Not only is the La Romana – Bayahibe area the most popular tourism destination in the country, it is also one of the safest in the Caribbean – and thanks to this new collaboration between CESTUR and the La Romana Bayahibe Tourism Cluster it looks set to get even safer! Sounds like we should all take a trip to Bayahibe for mojitos to celebrate!