Despite massive influx of cruise passengers people of Puerto Plata don’t see tourists in the streets
PUERTO PLATA Although in the last five weeks Puerto Plata region has accepted more than 18,000 cruise passengers coming to the Amber Cove terminal, Maimon, unfortunately the people of the town say that tourists are not seen on local streets.
“This has been a tremendous display by the authorities of the Ministry of Tourism, as they have practically kidnapped all cruise passengers who arrive on boats at Maimon, and they do not change their methodology, as there is only a small group of characters that are benefiting from the cruise ships, ” – said the tour guide Jose Martinez, who works in the area of Plaza Independencia.
While dozens of citizens hear about cruisers on various radio and local television programs, authorities, tour operators, and some taxi drivers do not allow them to have contact with the people of Puerto Plata and they are only taken to specific locations, which is a crony which could be hurting the local tourism.
“Tourists traveling on cruises have worked and saved for years to get to know other nations, cultures and traditions, but here in Puerto Plata the authorities and the Ministry of Tourism create a siege around hundreds of visitors including forceful removal of many unhappy hawkers making a living in this town, “said an employee who requested the omission of his name.
Source: Puerto Plata Digital
Nov 24, 2015
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