Dominican Republic aims to expand cruise opportunities

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With ambitions to make the Dominican Republic the main Caribbean cruise terminal, President Danilo Medina recently met with executives from Royal Caribbean International.

At a meeting aboard the Explorer of the Seas ship in Samana, in northeastern Dominican Republic, Royal Caribbean vice president Michael Ronan presented the company’s strategies to Sanchez and others for transforming Samana province and preparing it for more cruise passengers.

Also discussed were Bahia Cruise Services’ plans for a new dock in an area of 50,000 square metres next to Samana’s existing pier, to be operational in the 2013-14 season.

Medina said he would do “whatever is necessary” to support cruise tourism. “I want to work together [to] bring more tourists and bring more people to benefit from tourism,” he said.