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Tourism minister denies DR discrimination against gay tourism

Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia has expressed surprise at US Ambassador James W. Brewster’s comments that the country was not interested in pursuing gay tourists, as reported in El Caribe yesterday, Wednesday 25 February 2015. Garcia said he has not commented on the issue publicly or privately.

“Really, I was surprised at the statement by the ambassador, who we respect. We have never rejected anyone for their nature,” he said.

He said the Ministry of Tourism establishes the nation’s tourism policies and that there is no discrimination against the gay community wishing to vacation in the country. He says the tourism promotion is all-inclusive.

He said that no one could question the emphasis the Ministry has placed on promoting family vacations. Garcia said travel to the US was up 7% in 2014, while travel to the DR was up 10%. “The success of our policies is evident,” said the Minister.

US Ambassador James Brewster said that the gay market (LGTB) is one known to spend around US1.4 billion.

Source: DT

February 26, 2015

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