The Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic carried out an initial survey of the damages caused by Hurricane Fiona as it passed through the country, in which it highlights the correct risk prevention protocol carried out by the member hotels of the guild, where no incident with tourists or employees has been reported.
The information received so far details that most of the damages were reported in terms of gardening and access to streets, which have been quickly assisted, both by the Dominican authorities and by the brigades of the hotels themselves.
“The vast majority of hotel rooms are operational and it is reported that in most hotels the damage to infrastructure was minimal, and that the main impact was seen in light structures on the beaches, as well as with fallen trees and bushes,” said the president of Asonahores, Rafael Blanco Tejera, through a statement, who also welcomed the great collaboration provided by the relief agencies and the various Dominican government authorities to assist the affected areas.
The guild also noted that the Punta Cana International Airport reported that this Monday afternoon it will resume operations, as well as the Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo.
Asonahores highlighted the good behavior of international and local tourists, who followed the emergency protocols and emphasized that many of the visitors, after the storm passed, have shown a collaborative attitude to enable the affected areas as soon as possible.
“For our association the most important thing now is to be able to help those hotels that were more affected than others, and to be able to reestablish all the facilities as soon as possible” Tejera indicated.
In this sense, he added that Asonahores asked the Dominican authorities to lift the prohibition of access to the beaches, in order to reestablish the facilities in order to enable the use of the same by tourists as of Wednesday.
Hurricane Fiona entered Dominican soil early Monday morning through the eastern zone. In its path it has left multiple damages in the province of La Altagracia.
The Executive Power issued this Monday Decree 537-22, by which the necessary procedures for the relief of the provinces most affected by Hurricane Fiona, such as La Altagracia, La Romana, El Seibo, Samaná, Hato Mayor, María Trinidad Sánchez, Duarte and Monte Plata, are declared an emergency.
21 State institutions are authorized to act immediately as a consequence of the same, related to the provision of medicines, food, energy system, water supply and social assistance in general, education, among others.