DATE 2017 in Punta Cana was successful
May 10, 2017
Sitrep from Dr. Abe Korn. USA Correspondent of MICE-Contact.
DATE2017 was recently held from May 3 to 5, 2017 at the Barcelo Convention Center in the Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Interestingly, to be more exact, the trade show was actually held in the Barvaro Beach region of the Dominican Republic.
Most travelers do not know the Barvaro Beach region so instead, Punta Cana is used as the selling destination. DATE itself stands for the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange. The show was comprised of tour operators, hoteliers, DMC’s, travel agents, meeting planners, and other important suppliers that make up the tourism sector of this country. All suppliers in attendance were active members of ASONAHORES. The attendees / delegates hailed from all over the globe including the United States, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, Poland, and many more.
The Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange is such an important event within the country of the Dominican Republic that the President of the country even showed up to say hello. President Danilo Medina came by to wish everyone a great show and experience. He met with various suppliers and attendees as well. Everyone in the crowd was glad to see the President attending. His attendance only boosts the significance of the show. During the event, suppliers and attendees had meetings with each other; most meetings lasting approximately fifteen to twenty minutes. Each supplier had an opportunity to discuss future business with the attendees.
Lastly, hosted buyers of the show were taken on a few pre-DATE excursions which including an overnight stay in the capital of the country, Santo Domingo. While in Santo Domingo, buyers were given a tour of the colonial city. Buyers were also treated to other wonderful events like a catamaran trip offered by Seaside Catamarans where participants had the chance to snorkel and swim. Furthermore, each night was filled with various surprises and delights which including local area visits to five star restaurants, such as, Lorenzillo’s Seafood Lobster Restaurant, in downtown Punta Cana, and other unique venues including the world famous Coco Bongo’s. Overall, the organizers of DATE2017 did a great job and many thanks go out to Gina Eli for her wonderful work in keeping everything running smoothly.
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