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Tourism wealth coming to poor Dominican region

Madrid.- Tourism minister Francisco Javier García on Wednesday  said new investment projects in southwestern Pedernales province, Dominican Republic will be announced in “soon,” once the master plan to develop the region is completed.

At the opening of the 36th annual International Tourism Fair (Fitur 2016), the official said Pedernales´ “tourism will be of a rank superior to those in Dominican Republic” with a room density lower than other resorts, “so it won’t compete with them,”

He said Pedernales province has the highest number of protected areas, with 55% in its territory.

Quoted by diariolibre.com, Garcia said the Enriquillo basin (Independencia and Bahoruco) and Barahona provinces –which form part of the country´s most impoverished region-, would also form part of the master plan. “Pedernales´ wait has been long, but the wait will be worth it.” He called Pedernales´ tourism “high-end.”

Cruise ships

Garcia said since Amber Cove opened in Maimon, Puerto Plata as a Carnival Cruises port-of –call, its passengers have already spent RD$238 million in that region.

Flights

He said he signed a second agreement with Iberia airlines president Luis Gallego on Wednesday, to promote Dominican Republic in the Spanish carrier´s routes.

The Dominican official added that after signing an agreement to resume Iberia flights into the country, the arrival of Spanish tourists has jumped 16% in 2015.

Source: DT

Jan 20, 2016

Category: DR News |

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