Ministry of Tourism and Hotels Will Provide Protection to Tourists During Hurricane Irma

The Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic is prepared to respond in a quick and efficient manner to the situations that could be provoked by Hurricane Irma, as it passes near the north and northeast regions of the country.

The Ministry also announced that the Dominican government launched its “Hurricane Contingency Plan,” while the hotel sector activated its international protocols to protect the lives of residents and international visitors in the country that are staying in their respective facilities.

“As of last week, we have taken all the necessary precautions and activated all international protocols to handle contingency program. We are working together with the Ministry of Tourism and are in constant communication and coordination with the regional authorities and pertinent organizations,” said Joel Santos, President of the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES), the local organization that represents the country’s private tourism sector.

The country’s airports are in operation, although various airlines have cancelled some of their operations for Wednesday, September 6, and Thursday, September 7.  Some shipping companies have also modified their routes and arrival dates to Dominican ports.  The Ministry of Tourism has suspended all maritime and land excursions in the country’s tourism regions.

For tourists who have reservations in the country’s North and Eastern regions, the Ministry of Tourism recommends:

  1. Verify with the airlines and cruise ship companies if they have modified their schedules.
  2. Contact your travel agent to verify if changes have been introduced to your travel schedule.
  3. Check with the Tourism Promotion Offices, the nearest Dominican Consular Office and/or our website: to receive updated information on local weather conditions.

The Ministry of Tourism gives top priority to the well-being and security of all tourists visiting the island.  It remains vigilant and continuously monitors the situation in the country.

The authorities of the Dominican Republic have issued hurricane warnings to the country’s coastal regions, specifically the tourism regions of Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and Samaná.  There is a tropical storm warning for the country’s southern coastline, where the cities of La Romana, the capital city of Santo Domingo and the southwest city of Barahona are situated.  This region could be impacted by hurricane and tropical storm conditions, according to the advisory issued for Thursday.

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