SANTO DOMINGO.- Canada ambassador Todd Kuiack yesterday hailed the good relations between his country and the Dominican Republic, noting that the 750,000 of his compatriots who visit every year make Canada the second biggest supplier of tourists.
He said Dominican Republic ranks fourth among Canadians’ favorite world destination, as evidenced by numerous direct flights.
The diplomat said after the United States, Cuba and Mexico, Dominican Republic has displaced France and England as the preferred destination for Canadian tourists.
Kuiack said tourism is key to economic growth and bilateral relations between both nations, “and that's why we have such a big an embassy in this country,” from four employees in 2009 to 30 now.
He also noted that 80% of Canadians who come to the country return several times because they feel well treated by the people.
Quoted by diariolibre.com, the diplomat said Canadians like Dominican Republic for its people, climate and environment, and the reason why more than 10,000 live here.
Kuiack said Canada is Dominican Republic’s second biggest investor and number one over the past four to five years, as the result of the miner Barrick Gold’s project in Pueblo Viejo.
He also noted the investments from Canadian-based Scotia Bank, Xstrata Nickel, which opened its operations (formerly Falconbridge) last year, and Gildan, a free zone garments company.