The arrival of flights does not coincide with Collado’s forecasts
The aeronautical operations are not coinciding with the forecasts of the Minister of Tourism. On the contrary, the performance in August has been lower than David Collado’s predictions. And the arrivals of flights in these days of September only confirms a downward trend.
The figures do not deceive; they have no ideology. They are what they are, and that’s that. The official said that we would have the best August in history, and the data contradicts him. Playing with figures according to convenience usually has a “boomerang” effect.
And that is what is happening; the data is turning against Minister Collado. So you must be careful with these things, selling occupancies that do not match reality. Just look at the flight arrivals at the airports.
Month after month, the official has been presenting at the Ambassador Hotel the benefits of the high occupancy increase in flights. And that is a strategic error because not every month tourism would go from increase to increase.
That is why Collado and the Government have resorted to the global computation of tourist arrivals so far this year to emphasize the excellent fortune of tourism in the DR. A very favorable situation but with a downward trend if compared with the forecasts made by the Mitur.
There is no need for the minister’s monthly self-promotion at the Hotel El Embajador, although it should not surprise us because politicians are permanently campaigning. Business people and executives know this and should be made to see that they cannot play with their food.
The union between the Government and the tourism business world is exemplary, which does not happen in Mexico or Spain. The year, I insist, will be very good, but everything is in its place.