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    Fidel’s medical condition and the rumors of an end to the regime have got me thinking. How would the end of the dictatorship in Cuba and transition into capitalism affect DR?

    If you ask any American, they would know about Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica and even Haiti. Most, however, are unaware of the country which shares the island with Haiti. Yes, baseball has put us on the map, but it is not even close to the rest of the Caribbean. I assume Europe would be the same.

    In terms of capital, the fall of Cuba would definitely prompt US assistance as they have already stated their intentions to prevent a mass migration. Cubans are very powerful in Florida, and I am sure they would inject money into their economy.

    Cuban cigars, despite not being any better than Dominican cigars, will kill the Dominican industry. The sugar industry would also be under threat. The images of Havana in the 50’s are still vivid in the minds of Americans, unlike the homogeneous experience we offer with the beach resorts. The tourism industry would boom (as it has dramatically increased in recent years), taking a big share of the market. Investors will flock. After all, Havana is the largest city in the Caribbean.

    Cuban doctors being among the best in the World, would it mean cheap health care for Americans?

    Worst of all, experts have been urging DR to offer something other than the low-wage uneducated workers to attract investments, since it would be impossible to compete with China. Cuba’s high education level would result in a much higher value added in production. With the education system in DR, it would be IMPOSSIBLE to compete.

    OR maybe Cubans won’t be able to adapt as easily to the Capitalist system and it wouldn’t be a threat to progress in DR.

    What do you all think? Is it really a threat?
    Are our leaders aware of this possibility?
    How much would it affect DR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bilijou View Post
    The tourism industry would boom
    Where have you been, tourism in Cuba has been booming for years, many European companies have many first class resort in cuba and many, many Canadians travel there annually for cheap vacations.

    Cuban will adapt to capitalism, as it thrives there, they workers at resorts love those US greenbacks, some much so that Fidel has outlawed the US Greenback and replaced their currency with a convertible peso....you exchange your foreign currency for Cuban convertible peso's and nothing else is supposed to be used or taken in exchange for any goods or services, it is now the government that gets the foreign currency.

    It is no more of a threat than it has been in the past 20 years, ever since I have been going to the DR, I have also been on many cheap junkets to Cuba and foresee no additional threat to the DR. No more than say Jamaica or the Bahama's.

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    The Tampa community expects to go in as soon as possible. Tampa was "the port" for Cuba. The attitude seems to be nothing else in the Caribbean matters if Cuba becomes free.

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    Hllywud,

    The tourism industry might be booming now, but what will happen when the industry is opened to private investors? It will blow up.

    Havana, for example, is very marketable. It is a different product from ours. They have history and culture in a worldknown city, we just sell nice beaches (like everybody else in the Caribbean). Investments would far exceed DR's.

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    He will be dead within 6 months, maybe sooner, however, his brother will take over and it will be communist business as usuall. Gotta' remember, although I haven't been, going to cuba in January and February can still be a bit colder than the perfect climate of the DR. I've been told by friends that they had long pants and a jacket at night. That extra bit south helps the DR temps!
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    If you will do a search in the DR1 archives of some years ago you will find that the Cuba threat was well hashed and rehashed. The bottom line for tourism: Cuba is the 800lb gorilla that will make serious inroads into DR tourism. Many Americans are just waiting for the day to be able to return to Havana and will promptly forget the DR and it's half-baked approach to tourism. Before Batista fell, half of Miami used to spend the weekends in Havana. That will happen again.

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    It is important that the Dominican's leadership start thinking about the potential damage impact that a free, capitalist Cuba will have on the tourism industry, as we all know, there are a lots of Cubans visiting Dominican Republic from Florida and buying condos in Punta Cana, and all that may drastically change, thus detrimentally impacting the overall economy

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    Quote Originally Posted by elchino View Post
    It is important that the Dominican's leadership start thinking about the potential damage impact that a free, capitalist Cuba will have on the tourism industry, as we all know, there are a lots of Cubans visiting Dominican Republic from Florida and buying condos in Punta Cana, and all that may drastically change, thus detrimentally impacting the overall economy
    yes chino you are correct in that many cubans are visiting DR and spending tons of dollars there. Punta Cana tourism is spending millions of dollars to promote, trips, condos, time shares, all inclusive deals, ect.... when you open the newspapers in south florida all you see is non stop advertisement for punta cana this and punta cana that. it is huge business. just about everyone i know or come in contact with including my gardener has visited dominican republic and/or is planning on visiting. my gardener just bought a condo there (yes he is cuban). the travel dollars that cubans cannot spend going to cuba are now being spent going to DR (b/c it resembles cuba). it is no secret that cubans are in love with DR and have elected it as a favorite travel destination. when the they are able to travel freely to cuba (way down the line, but none the less a reality) the dominican republic will feel the pinch.

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    I agree with you guys that the DR needs to start implementing a plan that will not only increase tourism, but also make the DR more appealing to outside investors in other areas like, telemarketing, manufactoring, and Information Technology. I believe they should start heavily focusing on education, maybe mandatory english classes in the school curriculum. A open and free capitalist Cuba will definitely hurt tourism in the DR, when it reflects American travel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyblue View Post
    yes chino you are correct in that many cubans are visiting DR and spending tons of dollars there. Punta Cana tourism is spending millions of dollars to promote, trips, condos, time shares, all inclusive deals, ect.... when you open the newspapers in south florida all you see is non stop advertisement for punta cana this and punta cana that. it is huge business. just about everyone i know or come in contact with including my gardener has visited dominican republic and/or is planning on visiting. my gardener just bought a condo there (yes he is cuban). the travel dollars that cubans cannot spend going to cuba are now being spent going to DR (b/c it resembles cuba). it is no secret that cubans are in love with DR and have elected it as a favorite travel destination. when the they are able to travel freely to cuba (way down the line, but none the less a reality) the dominican republic will feel the pinch.

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