D.R. Breathes Relief As Irma Misses Key Destinations
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
D.R. dodged a bullet with Hurricane Irma
The Dominican Republic's Ministry of Tourism reports that the country's tourist destinations weathered Hurricane Irma and continue to operate normally.
Key points of the Ministry’s update include:
Hotel facilities in all destinations, such as Punta Cana / Bavaro, Samaná, Sosua, Cabarete, Puerto Plata, La Romana-Bayahibe, Juan Dolio, Santo Domingo, Samaná and others, are operating normally.
All the airports of the country are operational and the flight itineraries are operating normally as well, receiving flights from all the Americas and the main cities of Europe.
The cruise ports were not damaged and are reestablishing operations.
Communication routes, such as streets and highways, are free for vehicular traffic.
All tourist attractions and excursions are operating as normal.
"Operations are continuing normally at tourist resorts. Thankfully, and with the help of ample security and prevention protocols, no tourist or any of the hotel facilities suffered any damage," said Tourism Minister Francisco Javier García.
Joel Santos, President of D.R. hotel association ASONAHORES, added: “Proof of this is that tourists continue to arrive and leave the country."
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years.