Dominican Treasures is a network of sustainable tourism destinations and businesses in the Dominican Republic that offer a variety of tourism products and services such as lodging, dining, guided tours, and transportation.
Dominican Treasures was created because although over 4 million people visit the DR every year…a small percentage of those visitors go beyond the shelter of all-inclusive resorts and cruise ship ports. What lies beyond is a country with one of the most diverse ecosystems in the region, white-water rivers that flow from the Caribbean’s highest peak, and waters that teem with fish, turtles, whales and coral reefs.
The only thing more impressive than DR’s natural resources is its culture, both past and present. Ancient Arawak and Taino civilizations left behind cultural sites of pottery, jewelry and stone tools. Rich European influence that began with Christopher Columbus’s arrival in 1492 lives on in the architecture and museums of Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial. And most impressively, the DR is in itself a “living museum” with vibrant culture around every corner. The Dominican art scene is prolific, merengue music and dancing is everywhere, the country has strong culinary traditions, and cultural festivals and events mark the calendar year-round.
Dominican Treasures’ members offer you a chance to explore all of the wonderful natural and cultural wonders that the DR has to offer.
Dominican Consortium for Tourism Competitiveness (CDCT)
Dominican Treasures was created by the Dominican Consortium for Tourism Competitiveness (CDCT) as part of a USAID-funded project to promote the competitiveness and sustainability of the Dominican tourism industry.
The Dominican Consortium for Tourism Competitiveness’ main objective is the promotion of the tourism sector’s sustainable development and competitiveness. It achieves this by encouraging alliances between the public and private sector, supporting the protection of the environment, and involving local communities in the Dominican Republic’s tourism industry.
The CDCT supports nine tourism “clusters” or regional destinations throughout the Dominican Republic. In addition, it supports tourism businesses (such as ecolodges, guide associations, and local restaurants) that provide opportunities for local communities and encourage environmental conservation.
You can read more about the CDCT here: www.turismocdct.org