PUERTO PLATA.- “The Dominican Republic has a bad reputation as maritime destination due to the inconvenience of its ports, the problematic entry procedures and the regulations for tourist boats,” the vice-president of the company Ocean World Marina & Casino Stefan Meister, affirmed Wednesday.
He said more than eight agencies or authorities receive a boat when it arrives in the country, Customs, Immigration, Animal Health, the Navy, and Drugs Control (DNCD) among others.
The hotelier said those boats must again obtain special permits from the authorities so can it can leave Dominican territory.
The Ocean World executive speaking in Cofresí, to participants of Puerto Plata’s 1st Journalistic Summit of media directors, journalists specialized in tourism, private sector representatives and Tourism Ministry officials, said the media must support the region and the tourism sector to identify and solve its main problems.
Meister noted that in most countries once a boat enters a port, an arrival permit is issued, with which it can use all other ports, and regrets that the Dominican authorities don’t provide that facility.
He added that Ocean World’s marina has been empty because foreign boats which arrive to dock must pay a US$50.00 per week tax.