Dominican official slams the door on bauxite mine as tourism waits

Dominican official slams the door on bauxite mine as tourism waits Santo Domingo.-   Energy and Mines Minister Antonio Isa Conde on  Wednesday defended Government´s strategy to develop Pedernales (southwest), replacing bauxite mining with a comprehensive economic and social plan which protects the environment, in an area  with the most eco-tourism attractions. He said the project will start in the coming months with actions to remediate the environment and construction of infrastructure requiring a massive number of workers with more than mining had provided thus far.”We´re committed to sustainable employment.” He said it’s more rational a brief, short-term sacrifice to maintain an activity that entails serious environmental consequences in the medium and long term for the quality of life of present and future generations. “This decision is above individual interests and focuses on the interests of the country and a population that must keep living beyond when bauxite is exhausted,” Isa Conde said on Panorama, Fidelity radio. When asked why the miner Dovemco wasn’t allowed to extract bauxite during the next 18 months, the official said the government’s plan has a timetable that should not vary for “individual interests.” DominicanToday.com – Tourism News

After 35 years, Puerto Plata resumes agro-tourism bash

After 35 years, Puerto Plata resumes agro-tourism bash Puerto Plata.-  After 35 years since the last event president Danilo Medina on Wednesday inaugurated the third North Region Agricultural and Tourism Fair, aimed at promoting the untapped the potential of the area’s cities. The activity that’ll conclude Sunday began at 4pm at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Park, where Puerto Plata Chamber of Commerce president Sixto Peralta stressed the need to fix the region’s roads. He said the Puerto Plata-Navarrete highway must be widened to four lanes while the Gregorio Luperon panoramic route from Santiago requires repairs. “For this, we are working with all social organizations of Puerto Plata, for a public-private investment,” the business leader said, adding the State must invest on the road, “so fundamental to develop this area’s tourism.” DominicanToday.com – Tourism News

Pawa taps US$30M to start flights on Aug. 14

Pawa taps USM to start flights on Aug. 14 Santo Domingo.- Dominican-based airline Pawa Dominicana spent US$30 million tp the launch operations in the country starting August 14  with 24 weekly flights to the Dutch islands of Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten in the first stage. In the press conference held at JW Marriott hotel, Pawa corporate affairs director Alexander Barrios said the carrier plans other flights to San Juan, Havana, Miami and New York within eight months. He said the flights will serve to haul domestic exports, especially agro products, to Pawa’s destinations and improve the local market’s competitiveness. The Caribbean’s routes will count with DC-9 100-passenger aircraft and MD-80, of 160 passengers, or 3,200 seats per week and 12,900 a month Barrios said, adding that Pawa currently has seven aircraft. DominicanToday.com – Tourism News

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