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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

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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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Air quality deteriorates progressively, ecologists warn

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Santiago.- Today Thursday marks World Pure Air Day, for which the Cibao Ecological Society (Soeci) regrets the Dominican Republic’s progressive deterioration in air quality.

“In our country, the commemoration of this day surprises us immersed in a great progressive deterioration of air quality that threatens to cause our vital system to collapse as a result of misguided actions and decisions and the indifference that constitutes the worst human ignominy that seems not to concern even the most sensitive sectors of the Dominican population,” says Soeci in a statement.

The prominent environmentalists propose that to solve the problem it’s necessary for governments, companies and civil society to join forces to reduce CO2 emissions.





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Ruling party presidential candidate wants probe into US$217.0M in contracts

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Santo Domingo.- Ruling party (PLD) presidential candidate Gonzalo Castillo, on Thursday requested that the General Directorate of Government Ethics and Integrity investigate him.

The former Minister of Public Works wants to be investigate after allegations by the journalist Alicia Ortega, that the contract with 38 companies for a total RD$11.5 billion (US$217 million) were assigned without tenders.

“This request is made with full awareness of the responsibility and commitment with which we assume and exercise the function of Minister of Public Works and Communications in the period August 2012 July 2019, under which all our actions adhered to the legal norms and procedures in force in our country, among them, specifically, those related to public procurement and contracting,” Castillo said.





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The scandal of the entire barrio sold for US$3.8M

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Santo Domingo.-  The former director of the Dominican Corporation of State Companies (Corde) and the former real estate manager of that organization, received bribes from the first company to which it was sold for 80 million pesos (US$3.8 million), the Los Tres Brazos sector, in Santo Domingo Este.

According to the Anticorruption Office (Pepca), Leoncio Almánzar received several checks from Juana Ynés Gómez Williams, whom they designate as representative of the company Inversiones Fernández Parache & Asociados (Infepa) , entity that later sold the land to Titulatec for RD$200 million.

“The analysis of the checks exchanged by the accused Juana Ynés Gómez Williams regarding the purchase of Los Tres Brazos, since 2009, reveals that the issuance and exchange of the same coincide in time with the trades signed by the accused Leoncio Almánzar Objío in the negotiation process between Infepa and Corde, in which the latter approved the proposals of the accused sellers,” the accusation says.

It adds that for the concept of “advance purchase of land Los Tres Brazos,” Infepa issued several checks to Gomez Williams but, according to Pepca, this purchase advance never entered the coffers of Corde.





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