Tourism Minister Ian Douglas has raised concerns over the announcement by Royal Caribbean International that it will reposition its ship, Serenade of the Seas, from the Caribbean to Europe in the summer of 2012.
Douglas said any loss of business in the tourism sector will affect the Dominican economy.
“Tourism is the major driver of the economy right now and cruise tourism is a major part of that. It employs many persons from vendors to tour operators and any loss of business will be detrimental,” he said.
Douglas said tourism is a very competitive market and cruise executives are always looking to grow their business.
“So we in the Caribbean have to also think along those lines and ensure that visitors are given the best. We have to ensure that the product is always fresh, exciting and appealing,” he said.