The touristic infrastructure of the Dominican Republic, which includes hotels, airports, ports and highways, have not suffered material damage with the passing of hurricane Maria on the north and northeast coast of the country.
The information was offered by the Hotel and Tourism Association (Asonahores) in a press release that states the following “The main tourism installations and infrastructure in Punta Cana, Samanà and Puerto Plata including the North Coast, have not suffered any important damage with Hurricane Maria; its main effect has been damages to gardens and the falling of trees”.
They inform “all tourists, more than 50 thousand in hotels (mainly Punta Cana), spent Wednesday night and today in secure conditions, and those relocated due to security protocols are being returned today to their original hotels”.
ASONAHORES explains that the following regions and cities operated normally during the storm, Bayahibe, La Romana, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica and the southern part of the country; also Santo Domingo, Santiago and the touristic communities in the mountains (Jarabacoa and Constanza).
The international airports that serve Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto Plata, Samaná and Punta Cana, were not affected. The Punta Cana airport, which recieves 60% of the tourists that visit the country, started to receive flights noon today.
The press release, assures that news of extensive damaged to Samaná is unfounded, as no hotel infrastructure has suffered any material damage, amidst the high tides and amount of rain. In some cases trees have fallen and other minor issues; traffic is normal, including the main highways to this region, Autopista del Nordeste y the Boulevard del Atlàntico.
Passed noon, ASONAHORES states, reports from technical entities indicate that the hurricane is furthering itself from the north coast, and in Cabarete, Sosua and Puerto Plata the rain and high tides limit touristic activities, but do not project major impacts that would delay a rapid recovery of normal hotel and touristic activities.
ASONAHORES explains that the local authorities maintain the maximum alert in most of the country to prevent the possible impact of the heavy rain, which will affect some regions because of the amount of water that may produce river flooding, “situation that may affect some communities, but has never prevented the normal operations of the touristic regions in the country, which are of vital importance for its economy”.