Dominican Today writes that an LGBT group is working with government officials and travel industry representatives on a campaign designed to promote gay tourism and rights in the Dominican Republic. Members of the Center for Integrated Training and Research, a local advocacy group, met with Tourism Ministry and Tourism Police representatives in Santo Domingo. The group, known by the Spanish acronym COIN, has fought the AIDS epidemic in the country and throughout the Caribbean for more than two decades, according to the article. On Monday, Bob Satawake, husband of Washington ambassador James “Wally” Brewster, delivered the keynote address at the meeting.
Meanwhile, Noticias SIN reports that the president of the Dominican Council of Evangelical Unity (Codue), Fidel Lorenzo Merán, accused officials of the Ministry of Tourism and Satawake for allegedly promoting the Dominican Republic as a gay tourism destination.
Through a statement, Lorenzo Merán stressed that the country has many cultural, tourism and environmental assets to promote rather than branding the country with gay tourism.
For full articles, see http://www.dominicantoday.com/dr/tourism/2015/2/3/54106/Gays-eye-Dominican-Republic-as-their-hub-Washington-Blade in English and http://www.noticiassin.com/2015/02/codue-acusa-a-turismo-y-embajada-eeuu-de-promover-rd-como-destino-turismo-gay/ in Spanish.