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Dominican Republic’s East tops among US Thanksgiving travelers Press Release

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RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — According to Allianz Global Assistance’s Top 10 Thanksgiving Destination Index, which analyzed more than 2.4 million flight itineraries*, the number of Americans traveling internationally to the Dominican Republic for Thanksgiving has nearly quadrupled in size since last year.

Allianz Global Assistance reviewed Americans’ travel plans around Thanksgiving, with outbound travel scheduled between Saturday, November 23 and Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2019. Since the survey began in 2015, Cancun dominated as the number one international destination for Thanksgiving travelers. While the Mexican hotspot remains on this year’s international list, the destination has been dethroned by Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, which climbed seven positions to the top of the international index.

Americans’ return to the Dominican Republic comes at a critical time for the country’s tourism industry, a vital sector for the local economy. The island nation, which suffered a decline in tourism numbers earlier this year due to swirling suspicion over a string of vacationer deaths, was recently buoyed by Federal Bureau of Investigation toxicology report findings that the deaths were unrelated and resulted from natural causes. The Dominican Republic boasts the largest economy in the Caribbean, drawing visitors from around the world to experience its rich culture and beautiful beaches.

“Our survey shows that Americans are returning to the Dominican Republic, now more than ever, to enjoy the island nation’s exquisite beaches, world-class resorts, hotels and vacation experiences,” said Daniel Durazo, director of marketing and communications for Allianz Global Assistance USA. “No matter where you’re headed this Thanksgiving, it is incredibly important to purchase trip protection when you book your travel. It will certainly provide peace of mind, especially throughout this busy travel period.”

The other Top 10 international destinations in order of popularity are London, Paris, San Juan, San Jose Del Cabo, Nassau, Puerto Vallarta, Montego Bay, and Mexico City. For the fifth consecutive year, New York City is the preferred domestic Thanksgiving destination among American travelers. After New York City, the top U.S destinations include Atlanta, Orlando, Los Angeles, Boston, Dallas, Seattle, Detroit, Chicago and Phoenix. Chicago rejoins the list this year, knocking out Minneapolis as a top 10 destination.

According to Allianz’s survey, the day before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 27) remains the busiest departure day for domestic destinations, with travelers most commonly taking four-day-long trips. International travelers are getting a head start on their Thanksgiving travel, with the most popular departure date being Saturday, November 23.

Allianz Global Assistance offers travel insurance through most major U.S. airlines, leading travel agents, online travel agencies and directly to consumers. For more information on Allianz Global Assistance and the policies offered for travelers, please visit: http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com.

*Methodology: The data of U.S. travelers’ 2019 Thanksgiving plans was gathered by analyzing the number of customers that went through the online booking process of airfare and package paths for partners offering Allianz Global Assistance travel insurance, to generate itineraries for roundtrip flights departing from U.S. airports from 11/23/2019 –11/28/2019, returning 11/29/2019 – 12/03/2019. In total, 2.4 million itineraries were analyzed using this methodology





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Civic group demands a fence along entire 388KM Haiti border

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Santo Domingo.- Civic and Social Front president, Isaías Ramos, on Fri. called on the population to demand the continuity of the perimeter fence along the entire 388-kilometer Dominican Republic-Haiti border.

Ramos said that it’s not difficult to traffic illegal aliens at the border, “where today there is abundance of chaos, disorder, anarchy and insecurity that affect our sovereignty, the security of our citizens and authorities.”

He said i’is not enough to build 50 or 60 km that will only move the illegal operation and make it a little more difficult.





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Dominican Republic’s military to monitor commuters

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Santo Domingo.- The Defense Ministry will expand the video surveillance system through real-time monitoring of the entire routes of the Metro and the Cable Car of Santo Domingo, (MIDE), according to an agreement signed with the Transport Reform Office (OPRET).

The agreement signed on October 30 stipulates that the objective is to facilitate “the interconnection of the Command Center, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence to the OPRET Video Management Systems, for real-time monitoring, in the different Metro and Cable Car lines.”

It adds that OPRET will provide the necessary access to Defense, which allows the connection to the systems, for real-time monitoring of the different lines of the Metro and Cable Car of Santo Domingo.

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All fuel prices remain unchanged

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Santo Domingo.- Fuel prices (in gallons) for the week from December 21 to 28 remain unchanged:

Premium gasoline RD$229.10.

Regular gasoline RD$214.20.

Regular diesel at RD$181.10.

Optimal diesel RD$193.80.

Avtur RD$144.30.

Kerosene RD$170.90.

Fuel oil RD$92.06.

Propane (LPG) RD$101.00.

Natural gas remains at RD$28.97 per cubic meter.





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