Medina, Royal Caribbean talk big plans for Northeast port
Santo Domingo.- President Danilo Medina yesterday met with Royal Caribbean cruise line executives aboard the ship Explorer of the Seas docked at Samana port (northeast), where he arrived by helicopter, with access only for the official press.
The Dominican president stated his interest to promote and boost cruise tourism, for which cruise line vice president Michael Ronan revealed the company’s strategy to increase arrivals to that area in the coming years.
Ronan said Royal Caribbean is ready to work with Dominican authorities to transform Samana into a terminal that can receive cruise passengers, by providing better transport services, information, infrastructure, road safety and organization, among others, especially individual tourists, who don’t buy excursions.
“I want to work so they can bring more tourists so more people benefit from tourism,” Medina said, adding that the Dominican government will do what’s necessary to support cruise tourism and turn Dominican Republic into the Caribbean’s main cruise terminal.
Also present in the meeting was Federico Schad, of Bahia Cruise Services, who provided details of a project to build a new dock in an area of ??50,000 square meters next to the existing pier, with infrastructure facilities, better services and better view, to be operational for the 2013-2014 season.
Schad said Samana could take advantage of the year-round cruise market, especially from the U.S. east coast and compete with other Caribbean ports, which receive as many as one million cruise passengers each year.
Source: Dominican Today
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