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Group leading Zozaya will protect DR from fake news with new website

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APPLE LEISURE GROUP JOINS THROUGH TRAVALLIANCEMEDIA TO LAUNCH TRAVFACTS

 Highlights damage to tourism with the spread of misleading news

 ALG is consolidated as the largest tourist issuer in the Dominican Republic

Reposted by Renn Loren

via arecoa.com

Apple Leisure Group (ALG), the tourism group that Alex Zozaya heads as CEO, and travAlliancemedia announced the launch of the travFACTS website, through which all false or misleading news about the travel industry will be analyzed and corrected.

The Dominican Republic will be the first destination to present the platform after the spread of false information about the tourism industry in the country broke out earlier this year. “In recent months we have seen how media attention on issues in the Dominican Republic has negatively affected travelers’ confidence in the destination, and this has caused a decrease in reservations to the island,” said Wendy Hoekwater, senior vice president of ALG marketing.

“As the number one tour operator in the Dominican Republic, we encourage tourists and travel agents to separate media speculation from verified facts when choosing a destination,” he added.

“Unfortunately, there is a lot of economic damage caused by the propagation of false information and, normally, there is no retraction, much less a corrected version by the media that publish this type of information,” said Mark Murphy, president, and CEO of travAlliancemedia.

The objective of the platform is to present all tourist destinations, such as Mexico, Jamaica, and Costa Rica, provided there is unfair and unprofessional information by the media. The main priority of travFACTS.org is to point out when consumer media outlets are wrong or do not have facts that support their misleading claims in headlines, subtitles or the body of the story itself.

The site breaks down the exact techniques that the author is using to boost clicks without taking into account the damage that the destination or the provider presented is causing. “When the media are wrong and don’t correct their mistakes, they can end up ruining the tourism of a destination,” said Eric Bowman, managing editor of TravelPulse.com, a brand of travAlliancemedia.

On her side, Theresa Norton, editor of the AGENTatHOME magazine of travAlliancemedia, said that “TravFACTS will help professional travel agents and their clients find the truth about destinations. Too often, sensationalism is used, something that can end up ruining the tourist economy of a destination.”






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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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