In an effort to revitalize travel, Palladium Hotel Group is encouraging employees at its properties in the Dominican Republic to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
On-site vaccination efforts for all employees who wish to receive it began on April 26. Although the hotel group does not require employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, it strongly recommends it.
It’s part of the Dominican Republic’s responsible tourism stimulus plan and its ‘VacÃºnate RD’ campaign, where the destination aims to vaccinate the country’s 7.8 million adults by the end of 2021.
Palladium Hotel Group is currently offering rapid onsite COVID-19 antigen testing free of charge to guests traveling to the United States or any other country with similar requirements. The travel window for free testing will be valid as long as the CDC requires it to re-enter the country.
“By implementing this vaccination program, Palladium Hotel Group hopes to position its properties as one of the safest resorts in the destination, just in time for summer travel,” said Pilar Arizmendi-Stewart, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Americas for Palladium. Hotel Group.
Vaccination efforts have started at all six properties in the Dominican Republic: Grand Palladium Palace Resort, Spa & Casino, Grand Palladium BÃ¡varo Suites Resort & Spa, Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa, TRS Turquesa Hotel, TRS Cap Cana Hotel and Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino.
Travel to the Dominican Republic increased sharply in the first quarter of 2021. In March, the Dominican Republic welcomed 263,857 non-resident foreign passengers, an increase of 56% from February 2021, according to data from the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic (MITUR). More than 70% of arrivals in March 2021 were American visitors.
During the last week of March, occupancy rates for arriving aircraft reached pre-pandemic levels, MITUR officials said in a statement, calling the rebound a “clear sign. that our reactivation strategy is successful â.
The government’s objective has been to regain the confidence of the international traveler by putting in place effective protocols and initiatives having an impact on the entire value chain.
Hotel occupancy rates in the Dominican Republic hit 70.6% in the last week of March, the highest figure in the past 12 months, MITUR officials said. The five main tourist destinations in the Dominican Republic recorded occupancy rates above 68%.
In addition, “the number of room reservations as of April 1 is even higher than in the years before the crisis,” officials said.
The Dominican government recently expanded its program offering free health insurance to tourists staying in hotels across the country until April 30.