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The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and extensive earthquake damage to the people of Haiti

15 January 2010

SANTO DOMINGO, Jan. 13, 2010 -- The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and extensive earthquake damage to the people of Haiti, its neighbouring country. The Dominican Republic government is providing relie

ANTOR (Association of National Tourist Offices and Representatives)

SANTO DOMINGO, Jan. 13, 2010 -- The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life and extensive earthquake damage to the people of Haiti, its neighbouring country. The Dominican Republic government is providing relief effort staging areas at some at some of the international airports located on the Island. The Dominican Republic experienced no damage from the earthquake and all transportation systems, communication systems, tourism businesses and medical facilities are operating smoothly, making the country available to offer support to the relief effort in any way needed. “The Dominican Republic is making available its medical facilities for earthquake victims and is providing international relief organizations access to Haiti through the airports and seaports. Our transportation systems, communications systems, hotels, resorts, beaches and natural environment suffered no damage here. We are grateful and with deep concern open our hearts to our neighbours and will continue to do everything we can to help them and reassure global travellers that The Dominican Republic is receiving visitors.” said Mr. Francisco Javier Garcia, Minister of Tourism. The Dominican Republic shares the eastern third of the Island of Hispaniola with Haiti. Punta Cana, the major global tourism destination in The Dominican Republic is located approximately 400 miles (633 kilometres) east of Haiti’s capital, or a 10-12 hour drive, with numerous mountain ranges separating the two countries. We recommend that any donations be given to: DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal: http://www.dec.org.uk/ The Dominican Republic Tourism Update: • All eight international airports are open and receiving flights. • All cruise terminals and seaports are open and receiving ships. • All beaches, hotels, resorts and tourism businesses are conducting normal business operations. • At this time, no flights or group tours to The Dominican Republic have been cancelled. For more information, please visit: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com or contact: ESP: esp@esthersmith.biz Tel/fax: 01962 711239 – Mobile: 07768 901197 About Dominican Republic: Rich in history, the Dominican Republic’s first tourist was Christopher Columbus in 1492. Since then, it has developed into a diverse and luxurious destination offering both Dominican Republic and European flavours to more than 220,000 British visitors each year. A leader in eco-tourism, the Dominican Republic created the world’s first Whale Sanctuary and has established protection zones for more than 20 percent of its land and coastal areas. The country boasts some of the world’s best golf courses and beaches, the largest marinas in the Caribbean and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families. Visit the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official Web site at: www.godominicanrepublic.com or call +44 (0)20 7242 7778.

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