Travel Agent recently returned from Punta Cana after our coverage of the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) 2014, which saw the most pre-scheduled appointments in four years.
This year’s show attracted 532 individual suppliers and 225 individual buyers. The amount of prescheduled appointments were 4,626, the most the show has had in four years. In 2011, there were 2,872 appointments while 2012 saw 3,785 before a slight decrease of 3,510 in 2013.
Perhaps more importantly, it was also announced during the show that the capital city of Santo Domingo, more specifically the Colonial Zone (currently under renovation), will be ready by March 15.
DATE 2014 marked the 15th Anniversary of the most important travel trade show for the Dominican touristic product. It also marked a new beginning for the MICE segment in the Dominican Republic. A total of 47 duly qualified MICE buyers participated in the first Hosted MICE Buyer Program in the country.