With a long-standing reputation as a desirable vacation destination,Dominican Republic is earning its name as the go-to spot for business travel. Whether you’re planning an intimate incentive trip or a 1,000-attendee international getaway, look no further than Dominican Republic. With its stunning and varied natural landscapes, world-class accommodations and modern infrastructure, there are unparalleled settings for business travel from beach towns to cosmopolitan cities.
“We’re recognized for our pristine beaches, warm people and laid-back atmosphere, but Dominican Republic is all business when it comes to quality service and extraordinary accommodations,” said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “Our experience hosting large-scale business events and countless group activities make us an exceptional destination for business travel.”
As the second largest Caribbean nation, Dominican Republic constantly ranks among the region’s top meeting destinations. It’s no wonder, with nine different ecosystems in one country, there’s an atmosphere suited for all business environments. Plus, connectivity is king, with daily flights from the U.S. to international airports across the country. Offering an ideal year-round climate, multilingual hotel staff and a variety of meeting venues, the options for business travel are endless.
Punta Cana’s All-Inclusive Amenities
Large groups are easy to coordinate at Punta Cana’s many all-inclusive resorts that are equipped to host groups up to 7,000. Complete with state-of-the-art meeting spaces and technology, you can stay connected while enjoying close proximity to the beautiful turquoise shores of the beach. All-inclusive resorts also help keep travel budgets in check, with a pricing concept that makes it easy to plan and stay on budget.
A wide selection of these resorts are located on the shores of Punta Cana, Bávaro and Macao which consistently rank among the world’s best beaches. This region boasts more than 35,000 hotel rooms just steps away from white sand. At these all-in-one resorts, you can also partake in group activities like snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing, glass-bottom boating and deep-sea charter fishing. Or groups can relax at the spa, offered at many resorts, with a luxurious massage to unwind before the next meeting.
Hoping to sneak in a round of golf when the meetings end? All of the golf courses in Punta Cana are connected to all-inclusive resorts for easy access to full-service meetings spaces. Don’t worry about breaking too much of a sweat, Punta Cana’s warm temperature, sunny skies and ocean breeze provide ideal golf weather all year long.
City Charm in Santo Domingo
Groups can also find stunning options in the capital city of Santo Domingo—the first city of the new world—offering a unique blend of rich history and modern culture. Attractions including high-end shopping and international cuisine are paired with old-world charm, culture and history. Large groups should take note of the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opening in late 2017, that encompasses 33,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
For after-work exploration, Santo Domingo is a short drive from beautiful beach towns. Located less than an hour away, Juan Dolio is a small seaside community perfect for quiet and relaxation, while remaining close to the modern amenities in Santo Domingo. This day-trip has become so popular, that Juan Dolio was recognized as Dominican Republic’s “Up and Coming Destination” for its ideal location and variety of accommodations. Other nearby beach getaways offer incredible diving experiences, where travelers can explore caves and shipwrecks in the area, and delicious seaside dining.
Puerto Plata’s Playground
Puerto Plata is perfect for medium-sized conferences with majority of the venues accommodating up to 500 people. A popular business space in the area is Playa Dorada, a complex of 10 resorts complete with a shopping center, restaurants, night life and plenty of meeting space found throughout the area’s all-inclusive resorts. In total, Puerto Plata offers capacity for more than 2,500-person events, catering to businesses small and large.
Visitors are often surprised by the lush mountainous landscape throughout Dominican Republic’s north coast. Puerto Plataoffers a serene tropical setting, paired with the backdrop of mountains, perfect for adventurous group outings after a meeting or conference. But before groups escape to go ATVing or exploring the 27 Waterfalls of Damajauga, it’s time for business.
Art History Lessons in La Romana
Located in the Southeast region of the country, and accessible from both Santo Domingo and Punta Cana international airports, La Romana offers both ease of access and historical experiences for visitors. La Romana is famous for its world-class golf courses at Casa de Campo Resort. The resort also has two conference centers with 15,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Overall, the La Romana and Bayahibe region has meeting space capacity for more than 2,500 people.
After work, visit the artists’ village of Altos de Chavón, a Mediterranean style village, to stop by the local shops and get creative juices flowing at the art gallery, helping to spark your next business idea. You can also learn about Dominican Republic history at the Altos de Chavón Archeology Museum that combines art and culture for an authentic Dominican experience.
With its lush nature, rich history, modern accommodations and friendly people, Dominican Republic has it all. For more information on group-friendly attractions and destinations in the country, visit www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.