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    If you was in charge of tourism in the Dominican Republic, what would be your top priorities and how would you go about turning those priorities into reality?

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    First order of business:

    Have a Tourism Summit meeting where everyone involved in the industry here would be represented.

    Basic subject would be to draft a 10 year gameplan for tourism in general with clear direction and a series of checks and balances in place for periodical control of the plan in order.

    Identify what needs to change and what needs to be done, niche areas that should be invested in and a consensus on all issues should be reached by democratic methods.

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    1.Fix the freakin roads from Puerto Plata to Cabarete. This careless disregard for the basic infrastructure is like telling tourists to stay the hell out of the country.

    2.Have the police arrest anyone that comes to the beach on weekends and leaves their garbage all over the beach. (read Dominicans)

    3.Have the exhaust emissions and mufflers checked on Moto~Conchos. If they put out pure white or black SMOKE or have mufflers that are too loud confiscate the vehicle.

    4.Arrest Dominicans that park their cars in the middle of the road with careless disregard.

    5.Blow up one side of the street in Cabarete to widen the road.

    6.Arrest every vehicle with a amplifier and speakers and microphone.

    7.I can go on but...

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    They should have garbage police and put the convicts(prd) to work cleaning up the side of the roads and the rivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Narcosis
    First order of business:

    Have a Tourism Summit meeting where everyone involved in the industry here would be represented.

    Basic subject would be to draft a 10 year gameplan for tourism in general with clear direction and a series of checks and balances in place for periodical control of the plan in order.

    Identify what needs to change and what needs to be done, niche areas that should be invested in and a consensus on all issues should be reached by democratic methods.
    Good idea. But how are you going to deal with the corruption?
    Who is going to enforce the plan? What are the implications for non-compliance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob saunders
    They should have garbage police and put the convicts(prd) to work cleaning up the side of the roads and the rivers.
    Can you show examples of "garbage police" in action in other countries?
    What are you going to do with all the garbage that's collected?
    Is that all you would do?
    Last edited by Robert; 03-06-2004 at 04:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Escott
    1.Fix the freakin roads from Puerto Plata to Cabarete. This careless disregard for the basic infrastructure is like telling tourists to stay the hell out of the country.

    2.Have the police arrest anyone that comes to the beach on weekends and leaves their garbage all over the beach. (read Dominicans)

    3.Have the exhaust emissions and mufflers checked on Moto~Conchos. If they put out pure white or black SMOKE or have mufflers that are too loud confiscate the vehicle.

    4.Arrest Dominicans that park their cars in the middle of the road with careless disregard.

    5.Blow up one side of the street in Cabarete to widen the road.

    6.Arrest every vehicle with a amplifier and speakers and microphone.

    7.I can go on but...
    1. Who is going to fix the roads and how will they be paid for?
    2. Do you think that really works?
    3. Who's job is this? How do they check this? Who pays for this?
    4. What do you do with the cars? Do you think the police right now can handle this?
    5. Next...
    6. Just because it bothers you, does it bother Dominicans?
    Is it really that bad?

    I think some your points are more about you personal gripes than actually constructive ways to "really" improve tourism in the DR.
    Of course they are important, but isn't tourism a much bigger picture?

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    I'm a firm believer of "Market Power" or "Market Correction". The fact that if points are argued openly and a concensus is reached it means these points are for the benifit of the majority, This tends to help "self govern" a specific area of business "over regulation" as well as "non-regulation" are equally bad. The market tends to go in the right direction if let be with basic guidelines of course.

    Case in point: Look at the pressure the Bayahibe association of hotels is putting on the goverment to avoid the sale of land in the parque national del este.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Narcosis
    I'm a firm believer of "Market Power" or "Market Correction". The fact that if points are argued openly and a concensus is reached it means these points are for the benifit of the majority, This tends to help "self govern" a specific area of business "over regulation" as well as "non-regulation" are equally bad. The market tends to go in the right direction if let be with basic guidelines of course.

    Case in point: Look at the pressure the Bayahibe association of hotels is putting on the goverment to avoid the sale of land in the parque national del este.
    Hasn't the land already been sold? I think it's just about allowing Globalia consortium to develop the land. I'm sure the senate have been brought off and will pass the change in the law to allow this to happen. Very sad!

    Give us some insights into your 10 year plan?

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    Yes it looks as though the land from the parque national del este was sold a few years ago but it seems the pressure at least has brought the subject to the news, which is a step in the right direction. Same thing with Bahia de las Aguilas, land was sold years ago but still no construction.

    I think the first step would be to actually debate all subjects on tourism freely and make certian pledges such as respecting national park land and make an effort to stigmatize anyone who violates the agreed points of the plan.

    A 10 year plan could include lobby efforts for public spending on specific projects.. Example would be to work out a budget for the 10 year period and have all parties use this new lobby power to make sure allowences for said public projects are included in the national budget.

    This money would include a budget for a promotional campaign in the media.. TV comercials on CNN, inviting travel magazines for fam trips, etc.

    Plans would also include budget allowences for road repair highway construction and clean-up efforts et etc etc.
    Last edited by Narcosis; 03-06-2004 at 05:20 PM.

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