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Slow start for winter travel season

The president of the National Hotel & Restaurant Association, Ramon Prieto, said reservations for the winter high season show a 20-30% decline over last year’s levels. What is of most concern is that tour operators are waiting for the last minute to book the hotels, especially in the case of German travellers who make up 14% of the Dominican market.
As reported by Hoy newspaper, US studies show that 58% of those polled have plans to travel within the next six months. Another 17% show concern for their safety, but 21% are more concerned about the economy.
Prieto said consultations with tour operators show they will continue their programs in the DR, but will have fewer seats available. The tour operators, nevertheless, have said they are ready to add seats if there is a positive reaction by the market. (8 November 2001)