Major hotel in North coast shuts doors
Santo Domingo.- The hotel Bahia Principe, in northern Río San Juan, announced a halt in operations in the wake of plummeting guest figures in the entire tourist region, situation that has been affecting a large part of the country’s North zone, including Puerto Plata, Sosúa and Cabarete.
The region’s tourism sector immediately blamed the shuttering of the hotel- located at Playa Grande, Maria Trinidad Sanchez province- on sagging activities, the lack of incentives and unfair competition with Punta Cana’s (east) hotels.
In that regard, the spokesman for the hoteliers and business leaders grouped in Asonahores revealed that around 15 hotels in the zone have closed in the last two years.
Asonahores vice president Arturo Villanueva said the public and private sectors need a joint effort to deal with the situation.
He said the area’s tourist zones not only have a problem of promotion, but also unchecked sprawl, which in his view also led to the decrease in cruise ship arrivals to North coast ports.
Source: Dominican Today
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