Dominican Republic is a vacation paradise for its beautiful beaches, privileged location, delicious cuisine and rich culture. The country has been a magnet for travelers in the Caribbean, however In 2019 its tourism industry - its main economic source - decreased 4.6 percent, according to figures from the Central Bank. CNN reports that this affected about 10,000 people who were left without jobs.
The Hotel and Restaurant Association alleges that a media campaign that damaged the country's image after the deaths of several American tourists last year at luxurious Dominican resorts is to blame for this drop in tourism.
Pablo Disla, a cook who worked at a hotel in Capcana, spoke to CNN about the despair he felt when he became unemployed in 2019. “At that time, my wife was pregnant, and when I actually came home and saw my pregnant wife and without me having anything to offer was difficult, "he confessed.
According to the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, the number of travelers dropped by at least 93,000 between January and October 2019, compared to the same season in 2018. It is estimated that this generated losses of some slightly less than the detail it had with tourism. This is a wonderful place and everyone should come see it."
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