President Luis Abinader and the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, led the inauguration of the new modern luxury hotel The Ocean Club, Luxury Collection of the Marriott chain, along with executives from the tourism development company Ocean Club Group and Marriott International Hotels.
Ian Schembri-SantCEO of Ocean Grupo Club, said, “We are delighted to introduce The Ocean Club, from The Luxury Collection line, one of three hotels that we develop and operate under our alliance with Marriott International on the northern Dominican Republic. .”
Regarding future projects, Schembri-Sant added that “the Ocean Club group is a conglomerate of several international investors as well as Dominicans, committed to investing 350 million dollars in the northern part of the Dominican Republic for the construction of 4 luxury hotels in the years to come; thus creating more than 2,000 direct and indirect jobs.
For his part, Minister Collado stressed the importance of the development of the North Zone by national and foreign investors who wish to contribute to its growth with international projects.
“There are big investments for Puerto Plata, which are consistent with the thinking of this hotel chain and which, within the framework of a commission, the president appoints with the vice-president Raquel Penathe Ministries of Tourism and the Environment, a working table to streamline all processes, respecting the framework of the law and that these investments enter Puerto Plata,” he added.
Herve Humlerco-founder of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel The hotel company and president of The Ocean Club group, Marriott International, expressed the commitment of the hotel chain to develop the tourism sector in the Dominican Republic.
“Each of our projects adheres to high ethical, safety and environmental standards with a comprehensive social responsibility plan that aims to protect the region’s biodiversity, provide immediate solutions to the needs of surrounding communities and ensure the protection and maintaining natural resources in the places where we operate,” he said.
The Luxury Collection by Marriott Ocean Club aims to provide hotels on the North Coast to make it one of the country’s leading luxury tourist destinations. The project will be equipped with 60 suites, while the hotel’s design pays homage to the cultural past of the island’s indigenous and European settlers and the hospitable town of Sosúa.
The event was also attended by Jose Ignacio PalizaAdministrative Minister of the Presidency; Deligne Ascension Ginette Bournigalsenator of the province of Puerto Plata, among other personalities such as the Israeli ambassador, Daniel BironMinister of Public Works.