Written by Jake Kheel, Grupo Puntacana Foundation
While preparing for the panel, “Tourism and Sustainability: Threats, Risks, Opportunities and Challenges” at the recent Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism in Jamaica, I realized one of the biggest threats the tourism industry faces today is the environmental and social cost of our own success. The Punta Cana destination encapsulates many of these risks, but also a potential formula to confront them.
In 1969, the founders of our company, Grupo Puntacana, purchased a large swath of land in the eastern Dominican Republic. We eventually did something quite unique: we built a private, international airport. And when we did that, we began to attract hotels. And new businesses. And more flights. And droves of people looking for work and opportunities.
We are pleased to share that Puntacana Resort & Club has been nominated for USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Award for Best Caribbean Golf Course. The expert panel of judges from USA TODAY selected Puntacana Resort & Club as a contender for the Best Caribbean Golf Course, which has just been launched.
When you think of Punta Cana, a vacation destination in the Dominican Republic, you might picture shot-taking Americans getting turnt and burnt at an all-inclusive resort.
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