Brewster: To attract more tourists Puerto Plata needs better roads and infrastructure
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.- United States Ambassador James W. Brewster on Tuesday said the city needs the immediate construction of better roads to attract more tourists to the Atlantic Coast, and cautioned on pressing issues which must be addressed.
He said expanded and improved hotel infrastructure to make Puerto Plata more affordable to tourists is essential for the tourism sector’s economic development.
Brewster, the special guest in the American Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon attended by officials, business leaders, hoteliers and civil society representatives, spoke on the topic, “How to increase North American tourism in Puerto Plata and the North Coast.”
He said he’s convinced that Puerto Plata’s residents will do whatever it takes to satisfy the best interests of their visitors, because in this way the region “will resurge to compete with other destinations in the Caribbean area in their desire to continue capturing American tourists.”
Among the city’s major attractions the diplomat listed its historic center, the Malecon, Loma Isabel de Torres and several “beautiful beaches which makes this village the Bride of the Atlantic and we understand why this destination’s main asset is its people, an asset that is characterized by its strong regional identity.”
Brewster said United States investments in the region has been important, citing the construction of a major cruise ship terminal by Carnival Corporation in nearby Maimon, which is expected to handle 250,000 tourists annually, providing a great opportunities for Puerto Plata’s economic growth.
The US Ambassador cautioned however that there are two key issues which the destination needs to address: visitors safety and protection and care for the environment, which in his view are essential factors to develop the tourism business.
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