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President Abinader signed into law three bills that are expected to stimulate ecotourism development in three provinces – Duarte, Hato Mayor and El Seibo. The declaration awards developers the tax incentives in Tourism Promotion Law No. 158-01, that dates back to 2001.

Law No. 8-23 declares the province of Duarte as an ecotouristic province. The law includes articles that target the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources and the promotion of cultural manifestations, for the benefit of economic and social development of province inhabitants.

The law creates the Ecotourism Development Council of the Duarte Province for the promotion and regulation of ecotourism activities in the province and executing of sustainability policies. The law creates a provincial fund for the development of ecotourism and sets aside RD$60 million per year in the National Budget...

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