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Business protests any change to long weekend law

Last week, the Chamber of Deputies legislators voted to eliminate Three Kings Day (6 January), Duarte Day (26 January) and Labor Day (1 May) as moveable holidays in the Dominican Republic. The executive vice president of the National Hotel & Tourism Association (Asonahores) warned that if the bill were to be passed in the Senate it would have a negative effect on the economies of tourism regions outside the cities. If the bill is approved there will only be two moveable holidays n 16 August (Restoration Day) and 6 November (Constitution Day). Thousands of Dominicans make the most of the long weekends created by moveable holidays to vacation in resorts and hotels in beach and mountain areas. These domestic holidays also brings bonanza to inner cities and countryside that benefit from the city residents who return to their hometowns for the extended days off.

Villanueva said there is sufficient proof that the consecutive days off enable better time planning for people and businesses with lower levels of absenteeism, as well as promoting domestic tourism.

Spokespersons for the Dominican Republic Industries Association (AIRD), the Dominican Free Zones Association (Adozona), the Northern Region Industries Association (Airen) and the Dominican Tourism Real Estate Companies Association (Adeti) have all rejected the bill that would significantly change Law 130-97.

Source: DR1, Hoy

Category: DR News |

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