Dominican Republic joins upscale destination network

SANTO DOMINGO (PRNewswire).- The Dominican Republic (DR) is a preferred destination for luxury according to Virtuoso, an exclusive network of more than 6,000 elite travel specialists worldwide. The network has joined forces with the Dominican Republic (DR) Ministry of Tourism to ensure that savvy travelers choose the DR for premier luxury.

DR Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia said, “The DR's alliance with Virtuoso underscores our amazing array of upscale hotels, resorts and amenities that discriminating travelers have come to expect. Last year we welcomed 3.4 million visitors to our lush tropical island and we are committed to attracting more visitors with amazing new resort developments. Now with Virtuoso – and its upscale clientele – we will have a highly-qualified team of luxury travel professionals to help sell the DR to discerning travelers.”

The DR boasts sophisticated cities that showcase exclusive resorts and luxurious hotels. Travelers to the DR may also select from elegant boutique hotels and a growing list of world-class hotel brands, all amid the magnificent setting of sun, sea and sand.

Designed to showcase the DR as one of today's most luxurious Caribbean destinations and increase American arrivals, the new relationship comprises a variety of activities including a marketing agreement that presents the DR to Virtuoso's discerning clientele as well as builds awareness of its upscale product.

Angela Goicouria, Vice President of Alliances for Virtuoso said, “Based on advisor feedback and increasing market demand, we feel that the DR is well-positioned to attract luxury travelers and provide them with authentic, yet upscale experiences. The dedication demonstrated by the DR Ministry of Tourism, combined with the cooperation from our exceptional preferred suppliers, will allow Virtuoso to create an innovative and successful program, benefiting both our member advisors and their well-traveled clients.”

ABOUT THE DR: The Dominican Republic's first tourist was probably an American Indian from the Arawak or Carib nations of South America thousands of years ago. Rich in history, the DR has developed into a diverse destination offering both Dominican and European flavors to more than one million U.S. visitors each year. Named #1 Golf Destination in Caribbean & Latin America by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, the DR boasts 25 designer golf courses, upscale resorts, pristine nature, and sophisticated cities and quaint villages filled with warm Dominican people. The DR features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike.