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Price of jet fuel rises concern in the Dominican Republic holiday industry

The Dominican Republic Tourism Minister has warned that the rising price of jet fuel could have a negative effect on the country's tourism industry, with rising fuel costs leading to a rise in airfares for travellers taking Dominican Republic holidays.

Price of jet fuel rises concern in the Dominican Republic holiday industry

Tourists planning holidays in the Dominican Republic could soon be facing higher air fares if the price of jet fuel (avtur) continues to increase. The Dominican Republic’s Tourism Minister, Francisco Javier Garcia, has warned that the rising cost of the fuel could have a negative effect on the Dominican Republic holidays industry and the island’s economy.

Garcia added that the price of avtur is the highest in the region which could push airlines to find other places to refuel.

Tourism is the Dominican Republic’s top industry and brings an annual income of US$4.0 billion a year but the increase in fuel costs could prompt tourists to look at alternative destinations for their Caribbean holidays if the prices of air fares rise.

President of the Airlines Association, Bolivar Batista, said that avtur has jumped 17.7 per cent since December, 2010, when it was sold for RD$118 per gallon, and that cost has now risen to RD$141.

The rise in jet fuel is another blow to the Caribbean region after George Osborne, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced last month that Air Passenger Duty (APD) would be frozen for 12 months, but was likely to increase even further next year. APD tax has to be paid by travellers departing from UK airports and is calculated depending on the distance of the journey.

During a press conference at the National Palace after a meeting with the president Leonel Fernandez, the Minister of Tourism announced new projects which are in the pipeline including the launch of new Dominican Republic hotels such as a hotel in Puerto Plata with more than 600 rooms, and several projects in Las Terrenas, Samana.

The Dominican Republic is an island nation which occupies the eastern two thirds of the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean. The country shares the island with Haiti and boasts an array of stunning natural landscapes including sugar-white sand, palm-fringed beaches; beautiful mountain ranges including the Caribbean’s highest peak, Pico Duarte; lush green valleys; and several lagoons, lakes and rivers.

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