2000 Travel News ArchiveTravel

Colonial monuments to become entertainment centers

Minister of Tourism Felix Jiménez said that the private sector will soon operate concessions at many principal national monuments, including the Fortaleza Ozama, the San Francisco Ruins, the Nicolas de Bari Hospital in Santo Domingo, and the San Felipe Fort in Puerto Plata. He said the government is studying offers made by six companies that seek to convert these monuments into bars, restaurants or nightclubs. Two years ago, the Ministry of Tourism signed an agreement with the Oficina de Patrimonio Cultural and the Oficina de Monumentos de Santo Domingo for the privatization of services. The idea is to liven up the colonial city areas. (6 January 2000)