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The Santo Domingo Hotel Association worries about city’s unpreparedness for another hotel

Santo Domingo.- The Santo Domingo Hotel Association is pleased with the announced new hotel in Dominican Republic´s capital by the Hard Rock chain, but its executives also question the city´s preparedness for more lodging offers and more tourists.

“We have a serious problem with respecting traffic laws since the city is not a friendly city; you cannot walk on a sidewalk here, they are broken, dirty, dark, ” said Association president Roberto Henriquez quoted by

On Tuesday the National Palace said president Danilo Medina met with several tour operators of the Hard Rock chain who announced the construction of a 40-story hotel.

The information didn’t specify the project´s cost and the number of rooms wasn’t initially disclosed. It was announced that construction will start in April, built on the corner of Lincoln and Aybar avenues, in the upscale Piantini sector.

The hotel would be the chain´s second in the country, the first Hard Rock Hotel and Casino opened in Punta Cana in February 2011.

“I worry about the lack of planning by the authorities in the sense that it increases more traffic and no parking,” said Henriquez, also the general manager of the Radisson Hotel.

In nearby Churchill Av. the Poma Group builds the Real Intercontinental Hotel, slated to open mid-year, and there are other projects in that same sector.

The National District’s more than 26 major hotels some 30 smaller ones account for around 5,000 rooms, while six new properties would increase the figure by 30%.

Source: DT

Jan 14, 2016

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