President Abinader promotes tourism in Miami; announces Planet Hollywood resort

Yourmaninvegas

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Nothing trickles down the people.
Being pro-business is helping those with capital operate and make more of it.
Most people do not own businesses.
If they do they do not exist in the formal economy like the type of business the current administration is promoting.
Business owners do nothing for people.
Their entire focus is profit, cash flow and avoiding paying taxes into the system that gives them the life they are enjoying.

Trickle down theory is fiction.
Which is why "Union" is a dirty word to businessmen.
Designed to protect the workers they hurt the profits of the businessmen.
As if they are not making enough money in the first place.

All that being said...I see nothing wrong with promoting the best that the Dominican Republic has to off.
Just get real with why it is being done and who it is being done for.
The Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas rocked during the times I visited and stayed there.
I'm sure they still have their formula intact.

 

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You´re spot on except for the high cost of living. Many Dominicanos/as pay $200/month for rent. Not great places of course but not hovels either. But the garbage, unreliable electricity, and low tech ability is a major concern. I don't see those being addressed.
When I walk into a, I supermarket and pay $2500.00 including meat and buy the same thing back home for half price I consider that a higher cost of living. When my monthly electric bill here, is the same monthly amount I pay back home, with less consumption, that's a higher cost of living for me and I don't even want to get started on the higher restaurants expenses here. :))
 
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Hope he didn't show all the garbage lying everywhere or the lack of hydro power or the high cost of living here or the high unemployment rates or the lack of employee rights or ...... Doesn't make for good propaganda on a tourist junket.
There is almost no Hydro in the DR. Power is generated primarily from burning fossil fuels like oil , coal and gas.
Anyone who thinks employees don't have rights has never employed anyone in the DR.
 

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When I walk into a, I supermarket and pay $2500.00 including meat and buy the same thing back home for half price I consider that a higher cost of living. When my monthly electric bill here, is the same monthly amount I pay back home, with less consumption, that's a higher cost of living for me and I don't even want to get started on the higher restaurants expenses here. :))
I think the call that:
The "I get to live on a Caribbean island" tax.
 

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if only some of that big money would make its way east to Sosua and Cab.
I would like a Cabarete bypass road and a water company that supplies water. Those are tops on my government wish list for Cabarete.

As for resorts? They can be built elsewhere and there are very few places where they could be built in Cabarete that didn't already have them.
 

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Like everything...it is relative.
Compared to what?
I have no comparisons to make since I never had an employee anywhere else (and have none here now).
The supposition was made that employees have no rights and I stick with stating that anyone who thinks that
has never had employees in the DR. I live here and don't care what happens "everywhere" else aside from how my tax dollars are spent
in the two countries where I am a citizen. .
 

Yourmaninvegas

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I have no comparisons to make since I never had an employee anywhere else (and have none here now).
The supposition was made that employees have no rights and I stick with stating that anyone who thinks that
has never had employees in the DR.
I live here and don't care what happens "everywhere" else.
No problem.
Calm down.
I understand where you are coming from.
Simply made an inquiry.
A respectful request deserves a respectful response.

I have had employees in different countries.
So, once again I will take the word of a Dominican Citizen about his county.
I am not here to argue.
 

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There is almost no Hydro in the DR. Power is generated primarily from burning fossil fuels like oil , coal and gas.
Anyone who thinks employees don't have rights has never employed anyone in the DR.
Tell that to an employee that is hired for $30,000. pesos a month to work as a waiter/waitress in a restaurant and is told to wash floors, put out the garbage, sweep the entrance, wash the dishes and polish the windows at the same time. Then pay them $15000.00 at the end of the month and tell them if the don't like it quit or get black-listed. (Oops I mean color-listed for all he woke people out there.)
Unions are there for big business, not the employee.
 

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When I walk into a, I supermarket and pay $2500.00 including meat and buy the same thing back home for half price I consider that a higher cost of living. When my monthly electric bill here, is the same monthly amount I pay back home, with less consumption, that's a higher cost of living for me and I don't even want to get started on the higher restaurants expenses here. :))
Let's just say our experiences are not at all the same and leave it at that.

I'm loving the cost of living here.
 

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There is almost no Hydro in the DR. Power is generated primarily from burning fossil fuels like oil , coal and gas.
Anyone who thinks employees don't have rights has never employed anyone in the DR.
I am curious. Sir. How many people have you employed here?
 

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Not only do they have rights, but virtually all of them are excruciatingly clear on what they are and know how to milk the most out of DR labor laws.
This comes from someone who has dealt with thousands (6000+) of employees over the years
 

Yourmaninvegas

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What is a hotel in the Dominican Republic going to need to serve the guests staying at their hotel?
Workers.
So, lots of jobs.
Created by the project in post #1
Will they be good jobs?
Only a few of them.
Regardless of the labor laws that apply.
 

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Back on topic, I do find it quite depressing that everything here is aimed at the pile-it-high and sell-it-cheap crowd. Lauding trashy developments like Planet Hollywood and Margaritaville just seems to underline the idea that the government wants high volume trashy tourism, nothing high-end. In sharp contrast to the offer from places like Antigua that definitely are only interested in people with lots of money.