The executive vice president of the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (Asonahores), Andrés Marranzini, revealed that as of July 1, 30% of the rooms in hotels will be reactivated to receive tourists and also depending on demand will will activate the re-entry of staff.
“The integration must occur from July 1, it will be a process, it will depend on how that demand is, the activation of those rooms. We do not see an activation of 100%, we are seeing that in a process between 20 or 30 percent of the rooms that will be activated in July and depending on the demand that is generated, the staff that collaborates in our properties will be integrated ” , said.
During the Central Interview of El Despertador del Grupo SIN, the vice-president of Asonahores assured that in order to relaunch the tourism sector and recover the losses, after lasting more than two months without operating, they will do whatever it takes to stimulate that sector in the event of variation in prices and guarantee the health of guests due to the pandemic.
Regarding suspended workers, 70% were affected by the COVID-19 health crisis and 20% remain in the areas of tourist complexes for the maintenance of infrastructure and executive personnel.
“In our case they exceed 100,000 thousand of the hotels, the tourist sector, bars, restaurants are close to 350,000 thousand, in the hotel sector we are close to 180,000 thousand and in the Asonahores membership, because not all are from Asonahores, we have to be around the 100,000 employees, ”he said.
Although in the reopening they expect a tourist demand of 30%, Andrés Marranzini expects that up to 70% can recover by December, but it is due to the fact that the summer months (July and August) are attended by more travelers, compared to September and October, the rate is lower due to the cyclone season.
“At the moment we are seeing that the market that would be interested in the Dominican Republic, is probably the east coast of the United States and Canada that make up about 60 to 65 percent of our clientele, we see that they are dynamic of COVID-19 long flights are not the largest amount available, “he said.
According to Asonahores data, the housing offer in tourist accommodation establishments in the Dominican Republic exceeds 80 thousand rooms, so it will take time and hard work to supply the hotel offer available in the country.
As for restaurants, he said that these establishments have a difficult road in the country and need the support of diners who visit these service centers once they open.
“They have been very difficult during these months, first because they have continued to charge the power, having the restaurant closed and the distributor will have to find a way, either by extending those payments …”, said the Asonahores executive.