After Hurricane Irma & Hurricane Maria’s, devastating hit on several Caribbean Islands, we wanted to share the following press release from the Ministry of Tourism in the Dominican Republic about the situation after Hurricane Maria. We send our prayers to our neighbors in the Caribbean and hope for a speedy recovery for all who have been affected by this hurricane.
Feel free to contact us or follow our main Facebook Page @GroupPalmera for more information and updates from Punta Cana.
PRESS RELEASE from the Ministry of Tourism, Dominican Republic:
Hurricane Maria moves away from the Dominican Republic without causing major damage to the tourist destinations
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – September 21, 2017 — Hurricane Maria continues its northwest trajectory, moving away from Dominican Republic without having a direct impact on the country’s tourism industry. The US National Hurricane Center maintains a hurricane alert for the northern coast of Dominican Republic, which includes destinations such as Puerto Plata, Sosua, Cabarete and Samana. Weather conditions are expected to improve as of tonight.
“In the north, the situation is under control despite intermittent rains and moderate winds that have caused some trees to fall,” said Julio Almonte, Vice Minister of Tourism of the Dominican Republic’s Northern Zone. “We have toured the area and can report that the hotel infrastructure has not suffered any damage and that electricity and water services are working. The roads are operational and Gregorio Luperón Airport was not affected.”
As for the airports of Punta Cana, La Romana and Samana, the Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation (IDAC) ordered the resumption of operations today. The flight schedule in the country is expected to return to normal within the next few hours.
As of last week, the hotel industry activated hurricane management protocols to deal with any effects of the storm.
“So far, no significant damage is reported in the country’s tourist destinations,” said Joel Santos, president of the National Hotel and Tourism Association of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES). “There are cleaning and gardening crews operating to repair some of the things that wind and rain have affected, but fortunately there is nothing that the current protocols and established procedures have not helped us deal with.”
Ernesto Veloz, president of the Association of Hotels and Tourism Projects of the East (ASOLESTE), said, “the hotel infrastructure of Punta Cana did not suffer considerable damage, with only the usual minor impact you would face with winds and rains of this nature. Hotel services are fully operational. Together with the Special Corps for Tourist Safety (CESTUR), we have travelled the area verifying the state of the highways and roads and the restoration of electricity in affected areas.”
Similarly, Juan Bancalari, president of the Association of Hotels and Tourist Companies of Samana (AHETSA), commented that “Samana does not report major issues and vehicular traffic on the Northeastern Highway and Boulevard del Atlántico is back to normal. The hotel infrastructure in the area did not have significant damage, the electricity was reestablished in one of the areas that had been affected and the flooding on the boardwalk will be solved in the next hours.”
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If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. WE are located in Punta Cana and things here are getting back to normal again. Last week (Sunday, Sept. 24), people were swimming at the beach. Most (if not all) excursions are operating normally again, etc. We have electricity, internet, food, beverages, fuel, etc. Roads and streets are clean, so there are no issues with transportation in the area. The beaches in front of the hotels are good and clean – at least in the parts we have seen in front of the Barcelo hotels, IFA Resort, Melia Caribe Tropical, Paradisus Palma Real, etc., i.e. Bavaro Beach.
We have also received news that Casa de Campo is okay and did not suffer any damages and that the resort and activities are operating normally.
If you want to help the areas and people who were affected by the recent hurricanes, there are many organizations/charities/fundraisers available that take donations and work to help people in the hurricane affected areas in the Caribbean and USA.
Last week we donated an amount via Global Giving. We don’t know if that’s the best organization…
The New York Times has an article with links to charities and fundraisers.
Here is another article which we just came across this morning on Buzz Feed.
Please note that we are not recommending one organization/charity/fundraiser over another, but we do hope that you will join us in donating $$$ via the organization of your choice.
Photo: Bavaro Beach returning to normal on Sept., 24, 2017.