Historical cities to build unique malls to get tourists back
The Dominican Republic is looking to revive its cities’ historical neighborhoods, starting with the country’s capital of Santo Domingo, whose cobblestone streets and famous monuments and buildings were once crowded with tourists.
The government has approved a renovation plan that not only remodels the streets and facades of the city’s colonial buildings but also includes a commercial component to create a unique shopping mall that will compete with modern malls.
“The mall recreates the exterior inside, with security and the magic of the display windows. You think you’re outside, but it’s a false reality,” said Maribel Villalona, the general coordinator of tourism development for the Ciudad Colonial program.
She added that the program’s goal was to draw tourists out of the mall and into the beautiful outdoor reality of the old neighborhood. Officials hope to encourage tourists to spend more time in local businesses and interact more with people.
The program will leave the neighborhood’s quaint, historical charm intact while adding more public bathrooms and space for local vendors. It will also open historical sites such as the San Francisco Ruins for weddings, concerts and open markets.
Category: DR News |