Haiti ban fallout reaches more sectors
Santo Domingo.- Tourism associations across the country on Tuesday rebuked what they call the Haitian government’s false claim of bird flu in Dominican Republic, warning that it jeopardizes that nation’s own economic interests.
In protest the organizations requested the immediate and indefinite postponement of Dominican-Haitian meeting with Haiti’s Minister of Tourism, proposed during the recent Caribbean Tourism Exchange.
The joint statement from the tour operators grouped in OPETUR and ADOTUR), travel and tourism agents in Adavit and ASOTURE, and the conference organizers ADOCA, calls the Haitian authorities’ statements malicious and unfounded, justify their ban. “It not only affects producers in this sector, but also the flow of tourists visiting our country.”
“We fully understand the people’s sovereignty to decide their economic destinies. What we emphatically reject today is that the Haitian government has used a falsehood to deliberately damage the economy of a neighbor country when all it has done is provide services to the neighboring country’s needy inhabitants, as a good Samaritan does.”
Haitians laid off
For his part Manuel Escaño, president of the egg farms grouped in Asohuevos warned that if the sector’s crisis persists, as many as 10,000 Haitian workers face layoff.
“Unfortunately the Haitians are the most affected by this situation, because as this gets worse, layoffs start with them,” he aid, but acknowledged that Haitian labor is important to his sector.
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