MIAMI (March 13, 2019) – Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort, located along a stretch of gorgeous Punta Cana coastline, will host the grand finale of The Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE 2019) on March 27, 2019. Organized by hotel and tourism association of the Dominican Republic ASONAHORES (National Association of Hotels and Tourism), this iconic tourism event gathers over 500 suppliers of the Dominican Republic tourism product, including the country’s largest national and international hotel chains, as well as several airlines, tour operators and travel agents. “DATE continues to be an outstanding event for Dominican tourism, significantly increasing the number of international delegates year after year,” said Fernando Gómez, General Director of Barceló Hotel Group in the Dominican Republic. “Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort is honored to collaborate with DATE for the thirteenth time, and to represent one of the world’s most important tourist destinations during the event’s closing ceremony.” With more than 1000 guests expected to attend, DATE’s closing event takes place on Wednesday March 27th, 2019 at 7:30 PM in Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort’s Gran Salón Bávaro. Located within Barceló Bávaro Convention Center, the expansive Gran Salón Bávaro is composed of various extendable rooms which can be used to host special events such as meetings, major international conferences, gala dinners, car exhibitions, gatherings, parties and themed events. Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort is renowned for its outstanding all-inclusive service, where every single detail is taken care of, ensuring that guests experience the best quality services, variety, originality, and innovation. About Barceló Bávaro Convention Center:Surrounded by the tropical environment of Bávaro Beach and integrated within the Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort Adults Only, the Barceló Bávaro Convention Center is the largest convention center in the Dominican Republic. The conference center boasts more than 123,785 square feet distributed more than 30 meeting rooms and has a maximum capacity of 8,000 people. The venue is located 12 miles away from the Punta Cana International Airport. Additional services available ($) upon request include: Audiovisual equipment: Giant screens, lighting, sound amplification technology. Communication technology: Internet access, fax, simultaneous translation, WiFi and a fully equipped business center. Entertainment: Shows, orchestras and recreational activities. Gastronomy: Catering service, coffee breaks, gala dinners, themed banquets, ice sculptures. Additional services: Photography, video, flower arrangements, decoration, heliport and security. About Barceló Hotel Group Barceló Hotel Group is the 2nd largest hotel chain in Spain and the 29th largest in the world. The hotel group’s portfolio currently boasts 251 urban and leisure hotels ranked between 4 and 5-stars with 55,670 rooms throughout 22 countries and marketed under four brands: Royal Hideaway Luxury Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts and Allegro Hotels. For more information or reservations, visit www.barcelo.com
Understanding the importance of addressing youth issues at sub-national level, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka, through its ‘Youth Provincial Policy Programme’, has facilitated a series of consultations with key stakeholders from the Government, private sector, development sector, academics, civil society, and most importantly, with youth themselves, UNFPA said today.Four consultations have already been completed in the North, East, South, and Sabaragamuwa provinces, which has resulted in Provincial-level Youth Policies being drafted for the Northern and Eastern provinces. The programme aims to facilitate the drafting process of Provincial-Level Youth Policies in all 9 provinces in Sri Lanka. The Youth4Youth programme is an initiative led by youth for youth, to provide a platform for young people to foster strategic public-private partnerships and to be active community leaders in nurturing lasting peace. The Youth4Youth programme bridges young people from the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Central Provinces in Sri Lanka, through a series of regional symposiums that lead up to a national symposium to take place in 2018. The first regional symposium held in Anuradhapura from 27-30 November 2017, brought together 100 young people from the Northern Province. During the 4-day residency, the young participants shared inputs to feed into the Northern Provincial Youth Policy, engaged with leaders from the corporate sector, as well as debated on topics relating to health and wellbeing and employment. The Youth4Youth online platform was also launched, encouraging youth to use this platform to continue the engagement and discussions in driving social change and community leaders, with youth from across the island.Speaking at the event, Ms. Ritsu Nacken, UNFPA Representative in Sri Lanka, said: “The role of youth in peacebuilding is often understated. Young people play a huge role in driving social change and in designing the future of our world. UNFPA is proud to be at the forefront engaging youth in peacebuilding in Sri Lanka, as we strive to deliver a world where every young person’s potential is fulfilled. This includes ensuring youth are at the center in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in leaving no one behind.” Over a quarter of the population in Sri Lanka consist of youth aged between 15 – 29 years. While youth comprise a significant proportion of the population, barriers exist in participation of young people in decision-making. While significant steps have beentaken by the Government to ensure inclusive development of youth at a national-level, the post-war context in Sri Lanka imposes unique challenges among youth at a provincial-level. The Youth4Youth programme is delivered by UNFPA, in partnership with UN Volunteers, and is supported by the UN Peacebuilding Fund.