SANTO DOIMINGO, Dominican Republic – President Danilo Medina attended the launch of the Ocoa Bay agro-tourism project, described as the first resort of its kind in the Dominican Republic, and located on the Bay of Ocoa in the south west of the country.
Project president Gabriel Acevedo said that the first phase involves an investment of US$70 million and that the project as a whole will have a total investment of US$167 million.
“Six hundred jobs will be created during the construction process. Once the project is ready, we will have 1,500 permanent jobs”, he said.
He added that the individual villas would be built in a setting of “charming vineyards and spectacular views over the bay”.
“In Ocoa Bay we are committed to developing tourism that includes and involves the neighboring communities… Hatillo, Palmar de Ocoa, Las Charcas and Azua. We have grape farmers, a new profession in the area, some already trained in Chile”, he explained.
The director of the Dominican Republic Center for Investment and Export (CEI-RD), Jean Alain Rodríguez, said that president Danilo Medina’s presence confirms his will to promote investments.
Tourism Minister Francisco Javier García also stressed the project’s contributions.
“The Bay of Ocoa has nine kilometers of beach. It is not just one of the most beautiful in the country but also one of the most beautiful in the world. This project has beaches and mountains. Here we have nature tourism, agro-tourism, and now wine tourism… thanks to this project Ocoa Bay can consider itself a before and after for the southern region of the Dominican Republic,” he declared.