While the entire value-chain is essential for the reactivation of Tourism and Meetings, in July, we will focus on the role of hotels specializing in the MICE Industry.
The first half of 2021 allowed us to experience international events with face-to-face activities in different destinations worldwide: Fitur in Spain, the MPI WEC Event in the U.S., the WTTC Global Summit in the Mexican Caribbean, and Anato in Colombia, to name a few.
The latest event was the 37th COCAL Convention 2021 held June 27-30 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, which brought together industry professionals from Mexico, the U.S., Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, and London, among others.
Host hotels were up to the task
All tourism service providers have applied protocols to prevent the virus from spreading at this point in the pandemic. The most significant action convention attendees noticed, was that the protocols were fully respected.
The main safety measure taken, included the use of masks, temperature taking, hand disinfection, social distancing, spaces setup for on-site PCR and antigen tests, as well as furniture relocation, and requiring guests to fill out a preventive health declaration form.
The Hotel Barceló Bávaro Palace served as the main venue for the event, the hotel’s convention center hosted the welcome cocktail, which, thanks to its 123,784ft2 of space, helped to maintain social distancing.
Given the large number of activities, the area was sanitized and cleaned during every break time. Food and Beverage services were always served tableside to minimize contact between participants.
Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana participated by hosting the great Latin America closing party, thus highlighting showing up the effectiveness of its SAFE+SOUND program that follows the detailed guidelines and protocols of all the brand’s properties worldwide.
The pre convention conferences called “Future Leaders Forum” were held at Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana , with an average capacity of 70 students.
The Dominican Republic leads the way in Latin America’s Reactivation
The Dominican Republic demonstrated with this event that it is at the forefront in the reactivation of groups and events, enabling Meetings Planners to choose the destination with confidence and safety.
The Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Tourism has played a leading role, not only with this event, but they have also given priority vaccine access tourism sector personnel. To date, 70% of Dominicans have been already vaccinated, fulfilling the expectation that it will be one of the 100% vaccinated countries by the end of the year.
The Dominican Republic has open borders opened and does not require PCR or antigen tests, but does random testing at airports, and the use of masks is mandatory. By effectively reporting these successful events, confidence grows, and the reactivation continues to move forward.