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Sponsored by the Santo Domingo Hotels Association (AHSD) and the Ministry of Tourism, the city of Santo Domingo will be hosting Santo Domingo 2013, Destination Capital City on 14 and 15 October at the Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua Hotel, announced AHSD president Eduardo Reple. Buyers from all around the world are invited. Reple says the event seeks to present the diversity and versatility of the capital city, which is the gateway to the Americas and center of the first tourism and economic activities in the New World.
Reple explained that most guests at city hotels have traditionally been business travelers but there are many other segments such as meetings, incentives, conferences and conventions that can be used to make the most of the country's geographical location and the good air connections to the Americas and Europe.
He said that educational talks are planned to inform international buyers about the city's advantages. There will also be a gastronomical festival and a tour of the Colonial City's bars and restaurants. Participants will be able to experience life in the metropolitan area with Dominican food and music, he said.
Reple said that these are strategic times to push for the positioning of the capital city as a tourism destination. He said that Santo Domingo has the largest colonial city in the Caribbean, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. He commented that the colonial city is now being renovated but that the city's gastronomy, entertainment options, shopping, and the natural charisma and happiness of Dominicans are what complement this historical site.