The Embassy of the Dominican Republic is hosting a three-day celebration in Ottawa to commemorate the 174th anniversary of the country’s independence.
The event will take place from Feb. 27 to March 1 and will include educational seminars, a culinary festival, cultural exhibits and business meetings.
According to Briunny Garabito Segura, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to Canada, the event is a celebration of strong ties between the two countries.
“Canadians have always been important to us in the Dominican Republic. In fact, Canadians were amongst the first repeat visitors to Puerto Plata when our tourism industry was in its infancy. Today, our ties extend far beyond just tourism into the worlds of manufacturing, commerce and agriculture, and there is still much-untapped potential. This event is designed to educate and inform our guests about our culture and business opportunities. We are creating the setting for entrepreneurs of the two countries to meet and do business.”
The event will take place at the Sheraton Hotel on Albert St. in Ottawa, just steps from Parliament Hill. Participants will be invited to take part in seminars and discussion panels about the latest trends in tourism, with a focus on the emerging health and wellness market.
Guests will also have the chance to network with Dominican representatives from hotel chains, tour operators and airlines.
In addition to the formal events, there will be exhibitions by Dominican artisans and a food festival featuring Alberto Morel, a renowned Dominican chef who will be creating a special menu for the occasion.
“Anyone who has visited our country knows about our warm hospitality – it is part of our culture. We look forward to welcoming the people of Ottawa to our event so they can learn more about our country while enjoying our food, culture and music,” added Segura.