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Sunday, August 14, 2011

$65 million Modern Cruise Terminal to be Built

Tourism minister Francisco Javier Garcia announced Friday the construction of a modern cruises terminal in the town Maimon, at a cost of US$65 million, generating around 30 million dollars in its first year in operation.

He said the terminal will positively impact the province and can simultaneously berth two boats totaling at least 4,000 passengers.

Garcia said an investment of this breadth by the Carnival Corporation guarantees the project’s success, expeditious construction, and the massive presence of cruise passengers. “The speed of the work stems mostly because that investment doesn’t require any financing or Dominican Government facilities for the investors.”

For Giora Israel, Carnival Corporation senior vice president for Ports Development and Destinations, the terminal’s construction is expected to start October 1.

The terminal will occupy 50,000 square meters at Maimón Bay, construction will last two years, and provide 800 direct jobs.

The resort city of Puerto Plata has been demanding the construction of a cruise ship port for several years to restore the province’s splendor, characterized like tourist resort in the 70 and 80s.

Source: Dominican Today

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