Tour operators protest short notice for increase in Puerto Plata cable car rides

Mitchel Musa / El Nacional

The president of the Association of Receptive Tourism Operators of the Dominican Republic (Opetur), Michel Musa Banks, warned that they would boycott the sale of excursions to the top of the Isabela de Torres Mountain, due to a 25% increase in the price of cable car tickets. Ticket prices were increased from US$8.00 to US$10.00. Musa Banks said the price increase affected the commitments already made by Opetur members. Musa Banks said they would prefer to remove the excursion from city tours.

He said that they would honor commitments that had already been made as these are published in brochures distributed worldwide and Opetur members would have to absorb the increase in the cost.

Musa Banks criticized that the cable car operators did not meet with the tour operators in time to discuss the fare increase. He the tour operators are also affected by increases in entry fees to national parks made by the Ministry of Environment. He observed that the Saona Island fee was increased from RD$102 to RD$250 and the cost to visit the waterfalls at Damajagua has increased to RD$550.

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El Nacional

3 January 2018