<p><location>SANTO DOMINGO</location>, <location>Dominican Republic</location>, <chron>Jan. 20</chron> /CNW/ -- The <location>Dominican Republic</location> (DR) Ministry of Tourism assures visitors that all of its cities, tourism and resort areas are conducting normal business operations. Also, the DR government, consulates and embassies are working diligently with the international community on <location>Haiti</location> earthquake relief. Millions of Dominicans have donated time, money, supplies and expertise to help <location>Haiti</location> in these critical hours of need.</p>
<p>All of the tourist areas, hotels, resorts, airports and seaports are open and receiving visitors. The DR experienced no damage from the quake or its aftershocks. Major tourism regions Punta Cana and La Romana on the East Coast, as well as Samana and Puerto Plata along the North Coast are welcoming winter season tourists from all over the world.</p>
<p>The southern region of the DR has been a stable staging area for the <location>Haiti</location> relief effort and a reliable alternative route into <location>Haiti</location>. Three key airports and a roadway in the DR's southern region are being used to receive international relief supplies through mostly rural areas of the DR not frequented by visitors. The DR government has stationed military, police and immigration officials along the DR border reinforcing relief efforts to help <location>Haiti</location>. The DR has strong border control permitting only crossings for humanitarian reasons, while also sending critical supplies, equipment, medical experts and millions of dollars for food and relief kitchens directly to <location>Port-au-Prince</location>.</p>
<p>The DR shares the eastern third of the Island of Hispaniola with <location>Haiti</location>. Punta Cana, the major global tourism destination in the DR is located approximately 400 miles (633 kilometers) east of Haiti's capital, or a 10-12 hour drive, with numerous mountain ranges separating the two countries.</p>
DR Tourism Update:
-- All of the DR's eight international airports are open and receiving
commercial flights. All flights in/out of the DR are running smoothly.
-- All of the DR's cruise terminals, seaports and marinas are open,
operating effectively and receiving visitors.
-- All of the DR's beaches, hotels, resorts and tourism businesses are
conducting normal business operations.
-- The DR is providing some space at strategically located key airports
however this is not disrupting commercial flights.
-- The DR did not experience any damage from the secondary aftershock
occurred Thursday morning.
-- The DR has strong border control with military, police, medical and
international aid officials helping Haitians.
-- The DR's security, health, communication and transportation systems
all operating normally and effectively.
<p>For more information on the <location>Dominican Republic</location>, Punta Cana, La Romana, Samana and Puerto Plata, visit: <a href="http://www.GoDomincanRepublic.com">www.GoDomincanRepublic.com</a>.</p>
For further information: For further information: Vanessa Welter of bvk PR, office, +1-414-247-3803, cell, +1-850-980-3760, email@example.com, for Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism Web Site: http://www.GoDomincanRepublic.com