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Thread: How is the earthquake affecting tourism?

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    Default How is the earthquake affecting tourism?

    Are there less tourists now? Are there more Haitians in DR? Are tour operators still operating as normal?

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    Pero mrcancun, caramba! Isn't it too soon to tell?

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    I believe the DR will be adversely affected economically. Sensitive and fear borne tourists will stay away from the whole island for fear of another earthquake.

    The DR's export base to Haiti comprises, I believe, about 20% of its total. Haiti will not be using any of that and will be, most likely, depending on foreign aid for the foreseeable future.

    The Haitians already in the DR will not be returning anytime soon. More poor Haitians will be coming to the DR seeking employment and a new land to permanently take residence in.

    The DR can NOT stop this since they are beholden to the international financiers that fund their profligate lifestyles. Also, they will be in the limelight to aid their neighbors.

    So in few words- THE DR is SCREWED.

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    Default Not necessarily

    I am a tourist and I am scheduled , and will fly, to arrive in RD next Tuesday for 3 months. I will travel as I planned.

    Keep in mind a lot of money will flow to Haiti for relief and rebuilding.
    Some of this money should flow thru to the RD.
    Perhaps the RD government should start working on being the agent to supply as much of what is needed as possible.

    Perhaps, even the Haitians can get some employment and stay in their own country ~!~

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    i think this should end up as an economic boost to the DR since so much resources needs to come through here. also demand will be increased dramatically, funded by outside donations, which will grow many DR businesses

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    Yesterday I had a week's booking in February cancelled & refund requested due to "fear of another earthquake and tsunami".

    Also, just told that Continental & JetBlue cancelled flights into Pto Plata today due to earthquake and aftermath?? WTF?? My source says clients flying in have told her that & the airlines confirm. Surely not!

    Update: just looked at their websites... cancelled! Go figure.

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    I'm going down to Sosua next Sunday for 2 months and no way I'll cancel my trip.

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    I mean guys you have to realize most of the world is flying into Haiti to help out.. I doubt it will affect tourism in the RD tremendously. But as of right now Airlines like American Airlines are flying doctors and nurses into Haiti just to aid... Imagine if that happened across the border? do you guys honestly think you would be thinking about tourism.. people are still trying to assess the how many dead.

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    My tickets to Punta Cana were more than $100 cheaper than the price I researched in the past. Do you think earthquake might be the reason? I have experience earthquakes in Uzbekistan and Hawaii. So, I am not scared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFA123 View Post
    Yesterday I had a week's booking in February cancelled & refund requested due to "fear of another earthquake and tsunami".

    Also, just told that Continental & JetBlue cancelled flights into Pto Plata today due to earthquake and aftermath?? WTF?? My source says clients flying in have told her that & the airlines confirm. Surely not!

    Update: just looked at their websites... cancelled! Go figure.
    That is not true!
    jetblue is waiving the change fees, not cancelling flights.

    JetBlue:Travel Info:Weather Alert

    Continental Airlines - Timetable Results

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