Why choose the Dominican Republic as venue for your conferences, meetings and events?
Santo Domingo and its 7,500 hotel rooms and Convention Centers


The Dominican Republic has become the most diverse and complete destination for meetings, corporate incentives, conferences, exhibitions and international events of all Central America and the Caribbean.

“We need to integrate and train ourselves more, to be more competitive in attracting world-class international events”, determined Elizabeth Tovar, president of Turenlaces del Caribe and president of the MICE chapter of Opetur, during the 3rd Edition of the Business Fair coordinated by the Santo Domingo Hotel Association (AHSD). “MICE is the tourism sector that the Dominican Republic wants and must promote.” She added.

MICE is the abbreviation for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions, and is commonly referred to as the business and events tourism industry, a chapter that brings great business to Dominican Republic convention centers located in Santo Domingo, Punta Cana and La Romana, with Samana, Santiago and Puerto Plata growing rapidly.

MICE Tourism in the Dominican Republic

The functionality of its facilities, its 8 international airports, a hotel infrastructure of recognized prestige with more than 80,000 rooms, as well as the special care given to historical and cultural features that make up its identity, has turned the Dominican Republic into a destination of excellence in the Caribbean for the events, meetings and incentives industry.

In addition to its quality infrastructure, its paradisiacal and tropical landscapes turn any congress or event into a true pleasure trip.  Considering this enormous potential, the Dominican Republic has been reinforcing its strategy for this highly desirable tourism segment, given business it generates and because the average traveler’s spending is four or five times higher than of a normal tourist, according to data provided by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).  It is also a growing market not subject to seasonality. That is, it is not limited only to the high season.

The strategy has paid off.  The Dominican Republic is one of the countries nominated as the best MICE destination in the Caribbean region by the World MICE Awards, that aim to raise standards in this sector by rewarding organizations that are leaders in the field.

These are the main reasons that make the Dominican Republic the ideal destination for meetings and conferences:


The Dominican Republic is the best-connected destination in the Caribbean. Whether your participants come from Europe, the United States, the Middle or Far East, or South America, visitors find it easy to fly to any of its eight international airports. The world’s major airlines offer direct flights from all five continents.  Additionally, regulations for entering the country are simple, as you only need to have a valid airline ticket and passport.


With more than 80,000 rooms, the Dominican Republic is the destination with the highest lodging capacity of Central America and the Caribbean. A magnificent and varied hotel offer extends throughout its territory, with options to suit groups of any size and all types of events. Numerous hotel chains and resorts meet international quality standards.  There are also boutique hotels with excellent personalized attention.


Dominican Republic destinations have the most modern convention centers, fairgrounds and meeting rooms for large, medium and small events; all equipped with the latest technology and specialized personnel to assist participants in any event.


A network of specialized and talented professionals contributes to the international recognition of the Dominican Republic as a leader in the meetings industry, guaranteeing world class services and responding to the needs of your conference; before, during and after the event. The country is home to several internationally certified Destination Management Companies, with local knowledge and experience in the planning of personalized and unforgettable professional programs.


Participants will be delighted with the most advanced transportation system in the Caribbean, the largest offering of beachfront and city accommodations, a landscape rich in outdoor activities and a diverse cultural scene. Punta Cana boasts the largest offering of all-inclusive hotels. Some 43,000 rooms, dream white sand beaches and a wide range of excursions, as well as the largest convention centers in the country. The historic capital of Santo Domingo is also special for hosting your event, as it boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including 7,642 rooms from international hotel chains, in addition to boutique hotels, several convention centers and cultural attractions. Santo Domingo, founded in 1498, declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is known as the city of firsts:  The first Cathedral in the Americas, the first university, the first courthouse, the first hospital, the first street, the first fortress, the first government palace, the first everything.