36 Hours in Santo Domingo

Decent article here from New York Times:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/02/trav … -ios-share

Good article!!!

I agree, not bad as tourist articles go.  I did wince at the "faceless dolls" reference.   
Muñecas Limé used to be an absolute must-buy for tourists back in the '70s and '80s.  There was and still is tons of imitations and I'd bet the imitations far outnumber the originals these days.

planner :

Good article!!!

Yes, very good, and perfect for those people that like to explore cities, the only thing the reporter get confused and said Atlantic instead of Caribbean sea.

And I like the "disclaimer" there about the USA tourists. Nice to see a good article.

RockyM :

And I like the "disclaimer" there about the USA tourists. Nice to see a good article.

Good to know you are not one of the scared people.

Certainly not. I think many people in N. America have limited knowledge of Dom Rep, so news reports have a more pronounced impact with them. And a lot of people pay no attention to actual facts, only to serve the biases they may have.  Anyway, I hope they churn out a few more positive DR stories!

It seems lot of people live in a bubble..."if nothing bad happens to them it's not happening". People in the US that are in my circle hear about one crime in DR and talk about how scary it is,  but never seem to acknowledge the over whelming amount of crimes happening all over the US and right on their local news and in their local newspaper everyday...I don't get it. Most people with this mindset I've talked to have never even been to DR....I hope the DR will continue to get good press and put this behind them.

Of the 329 million Americans only about 42% have valid passports.

That tells you so much.

Countries like DR are talked about because what has been seen on Fox News (and other Murdoch type outlets) reporting paid for articles by a few wanting their moment in the spotlight.

DR had received about 3 million American tourists annually before the false news. Yet those 200 million non passport holders were absorbing the falsities and spinning it around and putting others off visiting.

There is so much positive news on DR tourism in recent months with much in-flowing investment that assures me of the future which should get back to normal by next Easter.

But for sure the country(DR) needs to broaden it's appeal and not bank on just American tourist growth which have proven to be fickle....and now there is a new horizon which may pose real threats to worldly Americans wishing to travel the globe and come to DR.

Good point about diversifying our appeal!

I saw a recent article hyping a family vacation in Punta Cana

The DR gov't had Mariah Carey in PC for New Year's
Good PR stuff
She posted a selfie in front of the Hard Rock Hotel

I think they're trying to mount a campaign.....

What makes you think the govt had anything to do with Mariah visiting?

The article stated it -

her account label is -
Paid partnership with godomrep

I've read nothing to support that.  Pretty sure the govt or politicians  would actually  be all over this.  Interesting though.

I expect a campaign is running -
too many 'good' articles in the press these days

I'm trying to remember the 3rd article I saw...
too coincidental...to be accidental/not planned/planted

Oh yeah -- 36 hrs in Sto Domingo -- duh !!!
and the family holiday  - https://mol.im/a/7821151
and Mariah Carey showing off the PC area

planner :

I've read nothing to support that.  Pretty sure the govt or politicians  would actually  be all over this.  Interesting though.

I saw it somewhere as well. Thought it was a little strange.

3 positive articles /news releases in a short span ???

Think about it.......... Christmas time ????

I agree on the 3 positive stories. It's all good.  But if govt is.sponsoring in any way Mariah being here every one of those attention seeking idiots would be all over it.  They would photo opp the hell out of it.

WillieWeb :

3 positive articles /news releases in a short span ???

Think about it.......... Christmas time ????

You think there's a link?   :D

Oh no !!
Not me !!

I'm not capable of straight line thinking....
or any thinking , for that matter !!!

hahaha

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