Hailed as progress, Santo Domingo-Samana road tolls a ‘stumbling block’
Santo Domingo.- Hailed as a sign of progress when inaugurated just three years ago, the Santo Domingo-Samana highway tolls concern Samana province business leaders, who called them a stumbling block for the region, making it less competitive than other tourist destinations.
In a meeting on Monday with Chamber of Deputies Tourism Commission chairman David Collado, Dominican Tourism Competitiveness Consortium (CDCT) president Rafael –Papo- Blanco, said the Santo Domingo-Samana highway tolls have become a problem for the province’s tourism development.
He said including the Atlantic Boulevard linking Nagua and the town of Samana, the current tolls for a round trip on the Santo Domingo-Samana highway cost a total of RD$1,952.00 for just 124 kilometers of road. “We feel that this cost is completely disproportional.”
For Samana Hotels and Tourism Companies Association president Federico Schad the cost of the tolls is also disproportional compared with others which have longer distances. “In its current condition the highway converts Samana into a very expensive tourism destination.”
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