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Thats a technical only because cruise ship passengers do not sleep and are in transit, but they move a lot money.
A lot of money in the four hours they are here compared to staying in a $300-400 Dollar a day AI in PC? Come on...........
 

AlterEgo

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A lot of money in the four hours they are here compared to staying in a $300-400 Dollar a day AI in PC? Come on...........

Not all the hotel money trickles down or even stays in DR, the cruisers spend locally with smaller businesses.

I’ve seen Bayahibe beach when the bus loads come in from La Romana cruises. They rent chairs/tables, eat, drink, buy souvenirs and clothing, etc.

They make a big difference to the local economy, whereas many AI goers never leave the hotel.
 

NanSanPedro

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Not all the hotel money trickles down or even stays in DR, the cruisers spend locally with smaller businesses.

I’ve seen Bayahibe beach when the bus loads come in from La Romana cruises. They rent chairs/tables, eat, drink, buy souvenirs and clothing, etc.

They make a big difference to the local economy, whereas many AI goers never leave the hotel.
I would tend to agree with you but when we went to PC in June-ish we took a zipline excursion. The bus was packed from other AI-ers and we saw a lot of other busses from different companies. What percentage of course I have no clue, but if I had to guess it would be around 10%.

We stayed at the RIU Republic I think. There was also a party bus excursion that we didn't partake of.
 

Riva_31

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I would tend to agree with you but when we went to PC in June-ish we took a zipline excursion. The bus was packed from other AI-ers and we saw a lot of other busses from different companies. What percentage of course I have no clue, but if I had to guess it would be around 10%.

We stayed at the RIU Republic I think. There was also a party bus excursion that we didn't partake of.
Central Bank said now tourist are spending 150.00 per day, I remember before was almost 100.00 a day, and its true cruise ship spending in local bussines its really good.
 

NALs

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Even tourists that never leave a resort during their stays, they consume foods, water, electricity, etc and sll of that pays taxes. Despite it's common to hear people say they don't see their taxes given back in government services/infraestructure, but in reality the money is seen. Most of the reason they may not be in the quantity most would like is due to the country not producing enough resources. Can't expect the DR to be like the government of New York when the DR doesn't pay taxes like New York, it doesn't have sn economy lime New York and, quite frankly, it isn't New York. New York has a lot more people than the DR and New York's government (state, county and municipality levels) gets more funds per resident than does the DR government. People often talk about things like corruption, but even if corruption is fully eliminated it will not have much great effect since the real issue is wealth generation.

Also, most of the foods in Dominican resorts come from Dominican farms. That is usually not the case in the Caribbean Islands where most of what you see in resort's buffet and restaurant is imported. The agricultural sector is basically producing food for the 10 million that live in the DR plus the 7 million or so tourists and it still has enough excesses to export. The impact isn't tiny and no time was this more clear to large farmers than during Covid.
 

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There is one thing no one mentioned. The 18% ITBIS that is charged on money tourists spend on rooms and extras. I can tell you that the Hard Rock takes in over $1,000,000 US every day on rooms alone. Do the math and add 90 other AI's. Most don't take in what we do but it adds up to millions of US Dollars a day for the DR..............