20 May 2010
Welcoming the President, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, congratulated the progress made by the Dominican Republic as a leading tourism destination and the way it has maximized the positive contribution of tourism for its entire population.
Mr Rafai said: "Your country, Mr. President, is a living example of how tourism, when given the necessary political recognition, can drive economic growth and development.
"UNWTO is proud to count on the Dominican Republic as an active Member which clearly identifies the positive values of our industry and puts them at the service of social progress, both nationally and beyond its own borders".
The Dominican Republic was one of the Founding Members of UNWTO in 1975 and has played a prominent role in the Organization over the years. The country is a leading destination in the Caribbean with over 4 million tourist arrivals each year, generating more than US$ 4 billion in export revenues.
Despite the extremely challenging economic conditions of 2009, the Dominican Republic reported positive results in international tourist arrivals for the year