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Hoteliers fume as Dominican Government aborts long weekend

Santo Domingo. – Tour operators, travel agencies and hotels are “screaming” about the around the more than 25,000 cancelled reservations (more than 60%) for what would be the summer’s last long weekend (August 13 to 15), after the Labor Ministry decided to revert the change of the holiday from Tuesday August 16 for Monday the 15th, which it announced in January.

They said they spent RD$1.0 billion on ads, sales, bookings, guides and other costs, money they risk losing if the Labor Ministry decides to maintain Tuesday August 16, as a day off.

“That announcement has been a disaster for the sector, and many small agencies fear going bankrupt because they must pay for the rooms even if they aren’t occupied,” said Tour Operators Association president Elizabeth Tovar, and tour operator Domitur marketing director Augusto Jose Castro, noting that they had booked 2,100 rooms for that date.

The hoteliers warned that the Labor Ministry’s disposition has brought about serious damages to their business.

Source: Dominican Today

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