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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Promotion can squeeze more dollars our of golf tourism, official says

The country boasts a wide variety of golf courses in different tourist regions, but needs at least US$5 million yearly to promote the activities in the country and profit from the upscale lifestyle to attract the tourists which generate the most currencies.

Tourism vice-minister Magaly Toribio made the affirmation in the Dominican Golf Forum sponsored the by the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (Funglode) in Casa de Campo.

She said the country’s 31 golf courses were designed by the world’s most prestigious firms and 28 of them are capable of lodging tourists. “These golf courses benefit the country because the golfer-tourist spends much more than the traditional tourist, and when a foreigner arrives at a destination that has a golf course, aside from giving the hotel more prestige it also generates more income because the golf tourist is the one which spends the most when they go on vacation.”

The official said Tourism began to promote the country’s golf courses more than two years ago. “We expect that this is going to help us in the quality and spending of the tourist in Dominican Republic, which is very important.”

Toribio said the amount that number of golfers who come to the country has considerably increased since Dominican Republic is being promoted as a golf destination, which has spurred investors to come here.
Despite not having current statistics, she said nearly 500,000 passengers come here to golf, which in her view may explain that this year tourist arrivals climbed nearly 4% compared with last year.

Source: Dominican Today

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