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Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort Welcomes 2012 Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange Attendees

Barceló Bávaro Palace Deluxe in Punta Cana hosts top industry professionals
for the Dominican Republic’s annual tourism conference

Fairfax, Va. (April 16, 2012) – Barceló Hotels & Resorts’ newest resort in Punta Cana is proud host the 2012 Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) April 17 - 19, at Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort in Punta Cana.

As the official tourism event of the Dominican Republic’s Hotel and Tourism Association (ASONAHORES), DATE is the must-attend event for industry insiders, tourism professionals, political figures, travel agents and the country’s prospering group of hoteliers and tour operators. During the two-day event, tour operators, international travel agents and leading tourism suppliers from throughout the Dominican Republic will gather to gain insight into the other’s product and build new partnerships. International buyers and suppliers will meet and develop joint business strategies to promote Dominican tourism.

Chosen by ASONAHORES and the Dominican Ministry of Tourism, Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort has hosted DATE more than any other resort in the Dominican Republic, a record six times. With more than 30,000 square feet of meeting space among 23 meeting rooms, the Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort Convention Center can accommodate up to 4,000 people and provides an up-to-date business center, Wi-Fi access and adjustability for any sized group or convention. DATE attendees will experience the resort’s technologically advanced audiovisual equipment for projectors, screens, lighting, speakers and conference systems. Internet access, fax and simultaneous translators will be available to support the conference in the resort’s comprehensive business center.

“We are honored to host the Dominican Republic’s most important and influential tourism event,” said Mr. Pedro Parets, General Director BBBR. “DATE is an opportunity to showcase our country’s one-of-a-kind offerings while bringing together the industry professionals who are dedicated to continually growing the Dominican Republic’s tourism industry.”

Developed by the Hotel and Tourism Association of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES), with support from the Ministry of Tourism, DATE was organized for the first time in 2000. The international conference has consistently evolved thanks to growing interest in experiencing the rich culture and picturesque landscape of the Dominican Republic. Each year, the number of countries represented by the tour operators interested in selling our products has increased.

This year, more than 400 tourism professionals and government officials are expected to arrive to Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort in Punta Cana. On the heels of a recently completed $330 million renovation process, the resort welcomes guests with plush contemporary accommodations, innovative welcome center, dazzling entertainment district, delectable gourmet dining options, newly redesigned 18-hole golf course, pampering spa, children’s water park and more.

For more information, visit http://barcelo.com.

About Barceló Hotels & Resorts

Barceló Hotels & Resorts is among the world’s top 25 largest hospitality and travel companies. Barceló was established in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in 1931, first as a transportation provider and then as a hotel and travel company. The family-owned, privately held company has been world-renowned for more than 80 years for its excellence in service and its innovation within the tourism industry.

The hotel company owns or manages more than 160 properties in 16 countries. Barceló’s hotels and resorts are found in key destinations and cities throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. The company offers a large variety of hotels and resort types to accommodate all travelers, from budget-minded to upscale guests seeking luxurious accommodations. Barceló specializes in all-inclusive resorts that make vacation planning both convenient and affordable, offering one upfront, all-encompassing price. For more information or reservations, visit http://www.barcelo.com.

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