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Does anyone know who the new ministry of tourism is ? Any news articles ?
 

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The government is now aiming to attract 10 million tourist annually. That's one heck of a goal!!
 

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The government is now aiming to attract 10 million tourist annually. That's one heck of a goal!!
Did he not increase tourism by that amount in his past tenure? Otherwise such an increase at this time is pure fantasy.
 

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That's the target goal for tourism, not like is going to happen overnight!

Each year it has been going up and as new cruise ports and areas of attractions get expanded, the number of tourist will surely rise as well.

Just the road from SD to Punta Cana will play a vital role into expanding tourism, even more than just the AI and beaches.

The colonial zone will get a lot of investment soon.

Puerto Plata, Miches, Monte Cristi, Barahona, Samana... To name a few...

4 million on 2010, close to 5 in 2011 and more than 5 on pace for 2012...

http://www.bancentral.gov.do/english/statistics.asp?a=Tourism_Sector
 
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I could envision the 10 million tourist a year, but only if the cruise ship ports are constructed and functioning. Otherwise reaching 10 million tourist a year will take at least the whole four years of Danilo Medina's presidency to achieve.
 

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That's the target goal for tourism, not like is going to happen overnight!

Each year it has been going up and as new cruise ports and areas of attractions get expanded, the number of tourist will surely rise as well.

Just the road from SD to Punta Cana will play a vital role into expanding tourism, even more than just the AI and beaches.

The colonial zone will get a lot of investment soon.

Puerto Plata, Miches, Monte Cristi, Barahona, Samana... To name a few...

4 million on 2010, close to 5 in 2011 and more than 5 on pace for 2012...

Central Bank of Dominican Republic
I see. Target = Nonsense. Carry on with the propaganda. I see there will be no problem doubling tourism during his tenure in what I see as a lost generation throughout the world.
 

windeguy

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France attracts 80 million foreign tourists. Many Chinese ( 1/2 a million and rising ) etc.

Tourism in France - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

DR has the potential to double tourism in 5 years. Many cruise ships will be based in the DR touring to Cuba etc.

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Chinese cruises. That's the ticket, yeah.

Extremely relevant to talk about French tourism, by the way, on a DR forum, don't you think?
Do you make your own LSD or do people just give it to you?
 

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The 10 million tourists is not suppose to be achieved within the next 4 years, but rather the bases will be created now so that in 10 years the country will receive that many tourists, per year. At least, according to the news articles.

Dominican Economic News
 

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Many good forms of LSD made from seaweed and coconut shells. Also other forms of mind expanding chemicals. Magic Mushrooms can be grown in cooler boxes, much chicken p00p can be scraped off of ground for fertilizer. No need for expensive electricity, solar panels provide power.

LOL... sorry... just practicing for "Talk Like a PI-rate Day". It's not for a couple of months, but I need to practice.

Chinese owners are starting to acquire cruise ships. Expanding market in China. Chinese cruise ship casino in the caribbean based in DR?

CHINA STAR Joins Growing Chinese Cruise Market | MaritimeMatters

France numbers illustate growing international travel market.

yapask1
 

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10 million tourists a year? Heck yeah, if you woulda paid attention to the inaugural speech windy you woulda heard the different types of tourism that the new government wants to innovate and put in place. Anything that brings in more money to DR in a positive way is good. Plus our partner, Haiti will have a huge role to play in not just 10 million but maybe even 20 million:
 

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From my mountain top perch on all high, I think that 10 million a year is possible.

However, an incredible new mind-set is needed, and that will be so fooking difficult as to make the goal unreachable:

As the curmudgeon of this board let me say that we have fantastic ideas in this country, but when they cross interests, very well positioned and entrenched interests, these ideas go NOWHERE!

Only IF the government/Tourism promotes the total expansion of tourism all over the DR, will they achieve the capacity to receive 10 million tourists a year. Look at it like this:

Santo Domingo Colonial Zone can handle say 3 or 4 million tourists a year if they are run thru there almost on a conveyor belt. Remember that the Colonial Zone was inhabited by just a few thousands at its best!! So how can you accommodate millions?? YOU can't, no matter how you say you can....It would be wall to wall tourists and that would take away its beauty and essence. Yes, the planning and the transportation of these masses would be interesting exercises for Industrial Engineers and City Planners for a few years: Aquarium-Columbus Lighthouse (it has to work at night!!)-Colonial Zone-Botanical Gardens-Zoo-Some restaurants and back on the boat...

In the meantime, places like La Romana, Samana, Montecristi and Puerto Plata need to be up-graded to receive hundreds of thousands, so help me here: What does each have to offer 400,000 tourists a year? Be serious now...

-La Romana: Beaches, but not the best; Free Zone, Casa de Campo; Cueva de las Maravillas...and?????????

-Samana': Beaches, some of the most beautiful around but Rincon--the MOSTest beautiful is nearly inaccessible and totally un developed (Thank God!! The question then is:Should we develop this paradise??); Las Galeras is a 45 minute ride and El Limon is another trip...So what can we offer people there outside of Whale Watching Season that is so different from all the other places in the Caribbean?

-Montecristi: Whoa! Okay we can take them two days a week and expose them to dengue, malaria and cholera infected Haitians (not all but certainly some); the salt pans, always a nice show; the beach at El Morro where the wind whips up so much sand that you are exfoliated for free and your sunglasses are dulled to unusable by the sandblasting.....oh, they could go on treasure dives if the French divers want to give it up....hehehe!

-Puerto Plata: There is the fort, the Ambar Museum, the Glorieta in the Park (with musicians it would be nicer), Golf at Playa Dorada, the Fun City place is interesting but not unique; Beach at Long Beach sucks, so Sosua gets a big play, and maybe even Cabarete for the stronger and adventurous.


I have not mentioned anything to or in the Southwest which is so awesomely beautiful that I hesitate to suggest it. However, it is totally unprepared for a tourist onslaught.

Okay, are we clear? The goal is achievable. But is (1) is the capital city ready to NOT be the almighty center of everything? (2) Can the government come up with the money to improve water, waste removal and other basic-basic services? (3) Can private investors/government funding be found to equip each of these possible destinations with what they need to receive hundreds of thousands of tourists per year? (4) Would a serious analysis of these destinations show that they are, in fact, attractive to more than a niche demographic? And you know there are more questions than answers at this point.

Thanks for reading this and thinking about all of this...the whole thing is incredibly more complex than we can imagine. (A scatological example: De we even have the sanitary facilities to accommodate the body wastes of an additional 10 million people? in Montecristi? POP, Samana'??? Sorry, I don't think so....not even places as neat and clean as gas station restrooms in North Carolina!! Reference that famous letter of a Marine recruit sent back home

HB
 
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