Industry Update
Press Release27 April 2021

Meliá Hotels International Begins Vaccination of 2,200 Employees in Punta Cana

To be completed by May 25 2021, MHI’s Punta Cana hotels are among the first to benefit from the Dominican Republic’s government vaccination plan for the tourism industry.

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Meliá Hotels International has begun the vaccination of its 2,200 employees in Punta Cana. In coordination with the Department of Public Health, this is part of a larger strategy to prioritize the tourism industry in the Dominican Republic to make the country a safe destination to receive millions of visitors after the pandemic.


On Sunday, April 25, 370 employees of Paradisus Palma Real received their first dose, with the goal of vaccinated 800 people per day, to complete the first dose by Wednesday, May 5. The second and final dose of the vaccine, supplied by Sinnovac, is scheduled for May 25. After which all 2,200 company employees in the Dominican Republic will have been vaccinated.

The process was carried out in a large, outdoor public area in Paradisus Palma Real, following the standards of the Stay Safe With Meliá program, certified by Bureau Veritas. During the process, representatives of local agencies such as Cestur, the Provincial Health Authorities, the State Epidemiology Service and the Ministry of Tourism were present to offer their support and congratulate the Meliá teams for the quality of the protocols and their efficiency in planning and organizing the entire process.

"The vaccination of our team members in a key destination such as Punta Cana makes us very excited for the future of tourism and our company, said Gabriel Escarrer, Executive Vice President and CEO of Meliá Hotels International. "It is a crucial measure to ensure the safety and health of both our guests and employees, as well as for the destination. This key measure we have taken will help speed up the recovery of international travel into Punta Cana, intensifying the upward curve in demand which we are already seeing in an increased number of searches and bookings."

About Melia Hotels International

Founded in 1956 in Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International operates more than 390 hotels (portfolio and pipeline) throughout more than 40 countries, with brands including Gran Meliá Hotels & Resorts, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá, Meliá Hotels & Resorts, INNSiDE by Meliá, Sol by Meliá and TRYP by Wyndham. The Company is the global leader in resort hotels, while also leveraging its experience to consolidate the growing segment of the leisure-inspired urban market. Its commitment to responsible tourism has led the Group to become the third most sustainable hotel company in the world in 2018, according to RobecoSam, the investment company to produce the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Meliá Hotels International is also included in the IBEX 35 Spanish stock market index and it is the Spanish hotel leader in Corporate Reputation (Merco Ranking). Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram

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