Asonahores postpones DATE until summer
Medina administration suspends flights from Europe
Dominican Port Authority cancels all cruise ship arrivals
Coronavirus on Braemar cruise ship


Asonahores postpones DATE until summer
The National Association of Hotels and Restaurants (Asonahores) announced the postponing for a date to be announced of its annual hotel and services booking event. The Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) is, by far, the most important event of the year for the Dominican tourism industry.

Paola Rainieri, president of Asonahores, said it was a hard but necessary decision. The advances of the Covid-19 virus around the world have disrupted the industry. Rainieri said the postponement is to protect the more than 600 delegates, both Dominican and foreign, that take part in the event. She said the event follows efforts by the government to slow the spread of the virus.

DATE would have been held in Punta Cana. Tour operators from all over the globe, local tour directors, airline representatives, air charter service operators, and the hotel suppliers for the tourist industry in the Dominican Republic are closely monitoring the developments.

The announcement comes concurrently with the government cancelling flights from Europe, a large source of tourism to the country. The DR tourism industry is also immediately affected by the cancellation of flights from Europe to the United States and the generalized canceling of travel plans by millions around the world.

As of 11 March 2020, there were 11 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the Dominican Republic, all imported by persons who had traveled from abroad.

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Medina administration suspends flights from Europe
Presidency Minister Gustavo Montalvo announced during a press conference on Saturday, 14 March 2020, that all flights from Europe are suspended to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the country. So far an estimated 11 cases have been confirmed, all imported from abroad.

The Dominican Republic has the most air connections of any country in Central America and the Caribbean. The announcement comes shortly after the United States government canceled flights from Europe. The travel restriction goes into effect as of 6 am on Monday, 16 March 2020. Europe is the second most important source market for tourists for the Dominican Republic.

Likewise, Victor Gomez Casanova, director of the Port Authority, announced that all cruise ship travel is now banned. He announced that the last cruise ships to arrive were two that picked up and dropped off passengers at the Port of La Romana on Sunday, 15 March. Most cruise ship lines had already announced cancelation of trips.

The Medina administration announced a ban on foreign travel by government officials.

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Dominican Port Authority cancels all cruise ship arrivals
The Dominican Port Authority (Apordom) reported on Sunday, 15 March 2020, that cruise ship passengers arriving on ships to Dominican ports are being transferred to the international airports of La Romana, Las Americas (Santo Domingo) and Punta Cana to travel to their final destinations in Europe.

Apordom says that the three ships that were in Dominican ports at the time of the cancellation of cruise ship travel were the Club Med with 380 passengers, Aida Luna with 840, and Aida Diva with 2,025, for a total of 3,245 passengers. These were transferred by bus from the port terminal to different airports. The passengers were not allowed to circulate outside the ship or have contact with any person outside of qualified personnel and supervisors of the operation.

The operation has been carried out by Apordom in coordination with the Ministries of the Presidency, Public Health, Tourism and Defense, as well as the Migration and the Specialized Port Security Body (CESEP) agencies, in addition to the support of the Dominican Navy. The measure is to comply with the provisions and measures announced by the Special Commission appointed by President Danilo Medina to work on issues related to Covid-19 virus.

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Coronavirus on Braemar cruise ship
The cruise ship the Dominican authorities had impeded dropping passengers off in the Dominican Republic last week, the Fred Olsen Cruise line’s Braemar was reported to be off Bahamas shores, looking for a port to dock. Reportedly on board are 682 passengers and 381 crew and at least five confirmed coronavirus cases. The ship was refused entry at several Caribbean ports and the Bahamas.

As reported, 20 passengers and around 20 crewmembers are in isolation. The media reported that the ship is waiting for clearance from the Bahamas government to load supplies and physicians to assist those sick on board.

The Dominican government has banned arrival of cruise ships as of Monday, 16 March 2020.

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