Dominican Republic

Guest Country


The Dominican Republic is known as one of the world’s most desirable destinations for business travel and leisure. Take some of the most stunning and varied natural landscapes in the Caribbean and add to it world class travel and accommodation infrastructure. Then add variety of natural and cultural attractions in beach, mountain and city destinations. Play some of the 26 golf courses around the island, or set the adrenaline loose for adventure travel activities and later relax with spa treatments followed by drinks and succulent dinner at the resort hotels. You can understand why the country has it all for meetings, incentives, conventions and events.

For those planning large meetings of more than 1,000 persons, consider Punta Cana and Santo Domingo. For medium-sized meetings also consider Puerto Plata or La Romana. For small meetings, also look into Samaná or Barahona.

Why choose the Dominican Republic for meetings, incentives, conventions and events?


The Dominican Republic is the most popular Caribbean destination. Meetings, incentives, conventions and events usually break attendance records. People want to come for the work and the fun.

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Excellent weather all year round. Average temperatures range from a low 21C in the early morning to a high 30C in the afternoon.


Great air accessibility. Getting here by air is easy. There are hundreds of flights from all around the world. It is even easy to arrive at one airport and depart from another on the same airline.


Top hotel brands. Choose from a variety of well known global hotel brands or discover local brands with international standards that operate in the country. Hotels have state of the art facilities for the success of yours events.


Wide range of accommodation. With more than 70,000 hotel rooms, there is a variety of hotels and lodging facilities for every budget.


Variety of venues. There are facilities at small boutique hotels or large convention hotels located at beaches or in the cities. There is a variety of meeting facilities to meet group needs and budget.


Best connected Caribbean country. Group delegates have the added attraction of being able to visit other areas of the Dominican Republic thanks to the excellent road system. This makes the country one of the most attractive for groups interested in doing multi-destination travel during, before or after the meeting.


Side attractions: Come for the meeting while enjoying the beaches, golf, culture and eco adventures as well. Leisure activities and a wide variety of things to see and do make the Dominican Republic an attractive destination for spouses and pre or post convention travel.


Multilingual experienced staff. The Dominican Republic hotel industry regularly serves the needs of tourists speaking English, French, German, Russian, Italian, Spanish, among others.


Visa facilities. Travelers from the US, Canada and Europe can enter with just a passport and the purchase of a tourist card. When a visa is needed, if the person already has a US, Canadian or European visa, only the purchase of a tourist card may be required.


People that will welcome you with a smile. Dominicans are natural good hosts. Indeed, the Dominican Republic is famous for its vibrant culture and warm, friendly people.

8 International Airports

Santo Domingo (SDQ, JBQ), Punta Cana (PUJ), Puerto Plata (POP), La Romana (LRM), Santiago (STI), Samaná (AZS), Barahona (BRX)

Destination types

Beaches, Golf, Historic, Mountain, City

Entry requirements

Tourist card or visa

Languages

Spanish, English widely spoken

Population

10.5 million

Currency

Dominican peso

Climate

Moderate tropical climate, average of 21C-30C (70F-86F) year round

Electricity

110V / 60 Hz

Sales tax

18%

Standard tipping practice

10%

The Dominican Republic is a proven conventions, meetings, incentives and events destination. Local professional planners can assist you in finding the right fit for your needs. They will represent you so that your goals and objectives can be met. They have the local knowledge, expertise and resources and specialize in the design and implementation of events, activities, tours, transportation and the logistics for your program.

Ministry of Tourism Congresses & Incentives Department provides the following services to help you make things happen.

The capital city of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo is the most vibrant in the Caribbean. Santo Domingo is best known for its Colonial City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Likewise, with more restaurants than any other metropolis in the Caribbean and Central America, Santo Domingo is also known for its intense nightlife.

A rich variety of venues in the shape of museums, cultural, governmental and educational centers and even in shopping malls can be rented for presentations and events.

Santo Domingo is a city of events with a fast-paced live shows schedule ongoing all year to entertain its more than 3 million inhabitants. All year round there are live performances and cultural events at the city’s public spaces – the sea-bordering Malecón, the Botanical Gardens, the San Francisco Ruins, Plaza de España, Torre del Homenaje and Columbus Park in the Colonial City, among others. Cinemas and auditoriums are also available for rent. Meeting planners can help you arrange for activities in these areas and suggest others.

From Santo Domingo, it is easy to connect to all the leisure tourism destinations in the country, a definite plus when planning pre and post convention activities.

Max Meeting Capacity + Number of Rooms: 2000 + 300 rooms.

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Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) is served by 20 airlines with nonstop flights to destinations in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. The city is also served by the small La Isabela International Airport (JBQ).

Punta Cana is one of the best-connected destinations in the Caribbean, easily accessible to visitors from both overseas and from the rest of the Dominican Republic via a four-lane expressway. La Romana, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica and the capital city of Santo Domingo are from half an hour to 2.5 hours away.

Punta Cana is known all over the world for stunning beaches, upscale hotels, romantic settings, and 10 amazing golf courses, including those designed by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio and Nick Price. This is a destination for fishing and watersports activities. Ecotourism activities also abound.

Because of its top reputation for rest and relaxation vacations in the Caribbean, Punta Cana meetings get booked up fast.

When deciding where to send your best salespeople of the year, don’t think twice. The anticipation of a stay in Punta Cana will have your team members working extra hard to make the incentive trip. The challenge of ziplining in Cap Cana or Anamuya jungle is sure to build camaraderie.

The East Coast beach region has about 50,000 hotel rooms, so there is a size and style for everyone. World-class brands offer excellent service, delicious food and endless opportunities for activities and adventure. There is no better place to enjoy the rhythms of merengue and bachata.

In Punta Cana many chains cluster separate hotels of the same company around shared facilities, including the chain’s meeting venues. This means that while one particular hotel may not have meetings facilities on its premises, its sister hotel may in the same vacation complex. Your meeting planner can best assist you in locating the appropriate hotel for your meeting, incentive, convention or event.

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The destination is served by its Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) that boasts the most traffic in the country. Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is only 15 minutes from the Punta Cana and Cap Cana area, and some 30 minutes from Bávaro. Seaside resorts are a 10 to 40-minute drive from the airport. The airport has three terminals, all featuring its characteristic palm frond-thatched roofs. There are regular domestic flights from this airport to Santo Domingo (SDQ) and Samaná (ABA).

Max Meeting Capacity + Number of Rooms: 3,960 + 1,775 rooms.

Puerto Plata is a world-class sports event destination, well known for kiteboarding, windsurfing and surfing competitions on Cabarete Beach. Its historic center is replete with beautiful Victorian-style houses dating back to the end of the 19th century, including the newly opened and restored Gregorio Luperón House-Museum. Its San Felipe fortress (from 1577) harks back to the days of the pirates in the Caribbean.

Puerto Plata is nestled between the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the majestic mountains of the northern mountain range. It is the land of Brugal Rum, and the 2,700-foot (823-meter) cable car ride to the top of Mount Isabel de Torres with its famous Botanical Gardens, statue of Christ and inspirational views of Puerto Plata and its coastline.

Combining culture with nature and fun in the sun is easy in Puerto Plata, where spouses and family members will have plenty to do.

Incentives full of authentic experiences can be organized. The North Coast is perfect for eco-enthusiasts who love to be pampered between adventures. Imagine a beach rally along the more than 62 miles (100 km) of beaches.

To mesmerize your team, there is nothing better than having them conquer the challenges of the 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua, caving or ziplining.

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Puerto Plata’s Gregorio Luperón International Airport (POP) is centrally located from city, beach and hotel areas. Also known as the Puerto Plata International Airport (POP) is only 20 minutes from the north coast city of Puerto Plata and neighboring tourist destinations like Cofresí, Playa Dorada, Sosúa and Cabarete. It is less than an hour from Playa Grande.

Max Meeting Capacity + Number of Rooms: 500 + 516 rooms.

This is the land of the famous Teeth of the Dog golf course and Dye Fore, designed by Golf Hall of Fame’s Pete Dye. La Romana is also known as a sugar town, for its vast cane fields.

Casa de Campo’s Altos de Chavón will top the list of any tour of the region, as will visits to the paradise-like Saona Island in the National Park of the East. Incentive planners can help you with team-building activities such as golf and fishing tournaments, survivor activities, sand castle building, beach Olympics or even a treasure hunt on Saona island. Casa de Campo resort has the largest convention facilities in La Romana with two conference centers – El Flamboyán and El Cacique.

The Dominicus and Bayahibe beach resorts can arrange for medium-sized gatherings and work sessions. Resort planners at La Romana or Bayahibe hotels can help you plan your meeting, incentive or family gathering. Regardless of the size of your group, how much or how little you want them to handle, they will deliver exciting ideas to maximize your budget and create a memorable experience.

Attendees will be grateful when getting time off to enjoy beach and other outdoor attractions, including some of the best diving in the Caribbean.

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La Romana’s international airport, also known as the Casa de Campo International Airport, boasts the quickest clearing time after disembarking. The airport is only 10 minutes from Casa de Campo and less than half an hour from Bayahibe hotels.

Max Meeting Capacity + Number of Rooms: 750 + 871 rooms.

Mainly visited by those who love natural adventures, Samaná is also a mix of cultures, with the heritage of the French immigrants, African-Americans settlers from the 19th century United States, and modern-day European immigration, all giving the provincial towns a cosmopolitan feel.

With the exception of the all-inclusive Bahía Príncipe Portillo and Casa Marina Grand Paradise, Samaná is about small hotels. On the positive side, many are clustered together making it possible to book guests into several and for arrangements to be made for the entire group to meet.

Plan your incentive around whale-watching from 15 January to 30 March. Team building happens also when people conquer their fears by going ziplining, combined with visits to the El Valle (Lulú) and El Limón waterfalls. Visitors will all be in awe of the majestic Playa Rincón or Cosón beaches, the small island of Cayo Levantado or the Los Haitises National Park and its mangrove forests.

Samaná is served by the El Catey International Airport (AZS), also known as the Juan Bosch International Airport, that is half an hour from the city of Samaná and 45 minutes to the destinations of Cosón, Las Terrenas and Portillo.

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La Romana’s international airport, also known as the Casa de Campo International Airport, boasts the quickest clearing time after disembarking. The airport is only 10 minutes from Casa de Campo and less than half an hour from Bayahibe hotels.

Max Meeting Capacity + Number of Rooms: 100 + 606 rooms.


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