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A word about an update on tourism and life in the DR….

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Renn Loren

 

It is clear to me from some of the comments in the comments section of my “An Update on Tourism and Life in the DR” article, that I should probably clear up a few things to ease some evident confusion and cool some of the flame wars.

First: I am in no way associated, affiliated, or connected with any part of, segment, or branch of the Dominican tourist industry. I have no financial stakes or interests of any kind riding on whatever I may write here or anywhere else. I wish I did because I could buy a few more beers at happy hour…but I don’t. Therefore I write from nothing more than the standpoint of sheer honest opinion – subjective though it may be.

Any notion of any “spin” in these articles is absurd, misinformed, and wholly incorrect. If you read any of my other previous columns or essays on the subject, you will see that I preface them with the fact that everywhere, including the Dominican Republic, has its dangers, pitfalls, and crimes. I have never tried to paint the DR as some kind of Disneyland of the Caribbean where nothing ever goes wrong.

Second: news being what it is we are all more than aware that there is too much crime, corruption, and horror in every country. There are extremely few if any exceptions. Most people know this – anyone who travels undoubtedly does.
I felt no need to add to the legion of negative, alarmist, despairing, gloom, doom, and dread reportage out there. Nor did I wish to contribute to the sunshine, rainbows, and unicorns versions of reality offered by most travel-oriented articles, publications, and outlets.

The fact that particular mainstream media corps and posts on social media networks had seemingly conflated disparate, unrelated events and incidents and presented them in suggestive, inflammatory and exaggerated contexts caught Dominican authorities off guard. This led to a slightly panicked damage control which came off as obscuring and disingenuous, further inviting suspicion and adding impetus to the ensuing smear campaign media circus.

My goal is to bring something a little more centrist, sober, calm, cool, collected, and closer to resembling actual reality to the conversation. My views are not politically, financially or otherwise but subjectively derived, influenced, biased, or motivated. With any luck, this perspective might help diffuse some of the suspicion, mistrust, misinformation, and miscommunication going on around this and other subjects concerning the DR.

Thanks very much for reading and keep the informed comments coming!






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“Rescue our paradise,” plan to stop prostitution in Sosúa

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The institutions covered by the Puerto Plata Destination Tourism Cluster ( CTDPP ) express their unrestricted support for the actions that are being carried out in the tourist municipality of Sosúa as part of the “Rescuemos Nuestro Paraíso” (Rescue Our Paradise) plan, which seeks to confront the illicit business of prostitution and pimping, to recover the family-oriented tourism that characterized this community for decades.

“From the Cluster organization we support the measures suggested and implemented by the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic , the Pro-Active Committee of Sosúa, the Economic and Social Council of this municipality, integrated by the City Council, Ministry of Tourism ( Mitur ), the Council of Councilors, businessmen, representatives of churches, civil society, military organizations, the National Police, the Specialized Tourist Security Corps ( Cestur ) and the Puerto Plata Air Base, understanding that they seek to recover the pride and dignity of this community—one that has all the necessary elements to enhance its harmonious cultural, historical and family profile,” adds the agency in a statement.

“We understand that the actions carried out by the competent authorities, under the strictest adherence to the Constitution and laws, while representing an important step towards the eradication of this scourge that has tarnished the good image of Sosúa, without a doubt come to reinforce the will and struggle of men and women who, with honest work, forge a better future for this destination,” the group asserts.

“We reaffirm our institutional support and trust that the efforts that are now being carried out will be continuous and sustainable over time until this unique paradise on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic is rescued,” concludes the CTDPP authorities.

In that same order, the main associations of Sosúa have shown their support for the actions that will be implemented to control prostitution in the multi-faceted tourist destination of the North.

This is the Sustainable Development Association of Sosúa ( ADSS ) and the Association of Hotels and Restaurants of Sosúa and Cabarete ( Ashoresoca ), who have expressed their support for the actions recently initiated by the authorities to control the disorder in the main streets of the Batey de Sosúa sector.

Being one of the main family tourist destinations in the country, in recent years Sosúa has become a sex tourism destination, due to the uncontrolled growth of prostitution in the center of this attractive municipality on the north coast of the country. This situation has alienated family tourism, both national and foreign, causing the closure of numerous hotels and restaurants, with the resulting unemployment and decline in the area, the statement said.

It is notable that, as part of the process of settlement and ordination of the municipality, last week the Attorney General’s Office, assisted by members of the National Police and the Cestur, ordered the closure of several bars on Pedro Clisante street in the sector of El Batey, in Sosúa, applying the resolution of land use issued by the Chapter Hall of the City Council.

The measures have deserved the approval of the great majority of the population, as well as of the companies grouped in the ADSS and ASHORESOCA, main motivators of positive actions for the improvement of the municipality of Sosúa, as well as the different sectors that make up the Economic Council and Social of the Municipality of Sosúa ( CESMS ).

Humberto Pichardo, director of ASHORESOCA, indicated that the actions that the authorities are carrying out with the purpose of ordering and cleaning up the destiny of Sosúa are very positive, “so that our municipality returns to be, as in previous years, a cultural, gastronomic and cultural destination. Above all, familiar. This has been a crying claim, for years, of all entrepreneurs and the community in general,” emphasized Pichardo.

On his side, Andrés Gustavo Pastoriza, president of ADSS, thanked the authorities for having made the decision to implement the actions.

“Only with the decided and coordinated support of all the institutions will it be possible to reposition Sosúa. We hope that these efforts will continue until the desired goals of cleaning up El Batey are achieved, to attract family tourism back to Sosúa. Let’s rescue our paradise! ”





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Migration intervenes nine provinces and the DN; and deport 953 illegal Haitians

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SANTO DOMINGO.-The General Directorate of Migration (DGM) carried out migratory interdiction operations in nine (9) provinces and the National District, during which they deported 953 Haitian nationals who remained illegally in the country.

Haitian nationals were repatriated at the border points of Dajabón and Elías Piña. They were handed over to the authorities of the neighboring country, always respecting the dignity and human rights of the people.

The operations were carried out from November 05 to 08 in Jimaní, La Vega, La Romana, María Trinidad Sánchez, Monsignor Nouel, Monte Plata, Santiago de los Caballeros, Santo Domingo, Valverde, and the National District.

During the operations, the migration inspectors were assisted by members of the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force of the Dominican Republic, the National Police, representatives of the Public Ministry, and the Environment and Natural Resources.

The regions with the highest number of detainees were Valverde 246, La Vega 150, Santo Domingo (West and North municipalities) 149, Jimaní 142, La Romana 117, Santiago de los Caballeros 113, Monsignor Nouel 77, Monte Plata 73, National District 59 and in María Trinidad Sánchez 44.





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UN crosses border with DR high commanders

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Important officials of the United Nations Organization and the country’s high military command visited this province yesterday, where they inspected the operation of the binational market, other spaces and then the free zone of Juana Méndez, in Haiti.

The visitors, representatives of the international organization, received explanations on the operation of the market by the organizers of the same and observed the exchange between Haitians and the merchants of the country.

Next to them were the Minister of Defense, Lieutenant General Rubén Dario Paulino Sem; the head of the Army of the Dominican Republic, Estanislao Gonell Estévez, and other senior military officers.

Among the UN representatives who visited the border area were Miroslav Jenca, deputy secretary-general of that agency for Europe, Central Asia and the Americas; William Gardner, advisor to the Department of Political Affairs; Mauricio Ramírez Villegas, United Nations resident coordinating advisor for the Dominican Republic, and Denisse Cabral, official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country.

After the tour in Dajabón, the commissioners crossed to Juana Méndez, to the free industrial zone Codevi, directed by Fernando Aníbal Capellán, who received them and offered information on the operation of this business consortium.





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