Economy September 25, 2019 | 8:17 am

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Thomas Cook affair roils Dominican Republic tourism

Santo Domingo.-The collapse of British tour operator giant Thomas Cook has unleashed tension in the local hotel sector, which has yet to determine the impact it will have on that industry, which is already being hit by a slump in American visitors.

In addition to the tourists from England Thomas Cook has associate tour operators in Germany, Holland, France, and other countries that are the main sources of European tourism.

“The bad news is that we are struggling with a US tourism problem, and Europe has been 25% of local tourism; so there is no doubt that at the moment there will be an impact, because it is an operator that also has airlines,” said Joel Santos, former president of the National Association of Hotels and Tourism (Asonahores), which expects a worldwide recomposition in the sector.

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