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Dominican Republic hotels face high cost to clean up seaweed

Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic´s Hotels and Tourism Association (Asonahores) affirmed Monday that regardless the high cost the hoteliers have to remove the seaweed washing ashore at beaches across the country.

Asonahores executive vice president Arturo Villanueva said however that the cost of the beach cleanup won’t be immediately lead to higher room rates since the bookings are made as long as seven months in advance. “You cannot be changing rates overnight because tour operators don’t accept that and the hotel must assume that expense.”

He said the price of accommodation could increase in the future or in 2016, but not this year.

Quoted by, the business leader said he´s unaware whether hotels have raised rates thus far, as “each chain has its own marketing strategy and so we have to wait.”

Villanueva said some East region hoteliers are using a special machine every morning to gather the seaweed which reach the beaches without affecting the sand, adding that the situation had improved somewhat by using nets to prevent it from reaching the shore.

Source: DT

Oct 6, 2015

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