Move to refund ITBIS to tourists

The National Hotels and Tourism Association (Asonahores) is calling on Congress to approve a proposal to allow tourists to reclaim the sales tax (ITBIS) on goods purchased in the country.

Asonahores vice president Ventura Serra said that Santo Domingo has an impressive selection of malls and it would be an added benefit if a tourist tax refund could be introduced. He said this would motivate visitors to make more purchases.

He said that a conference center should be built in the city to complement the excellent facilities already offered by the hotels.

Ventura commented that Santo Domingo has all the conditions for developing into a leading destination for city tourism, meetings and conventions.

[November 2015]

Punta Cana may reach 3 million visitors in 2015

The president of the Hotels & Tourism Projects Association in the East, Ernesto Veloz, has predicted that for the first time, Punta Cana will have hosted three million visitors by year’s end. Veloz is forecasting that this will be one of the best seasons of the past 10 years with an approximate 10% growth rate this year.

Veloz informed that another 4,000 hotel rooms are under construction in the area.

The Dominican Republic is expected to surpass the five million-tourist-mark this year.

[November 2015]

Guzmán Ariza launches new book

Guzmán Ariza Attorneys at Law presented on Tuesday 24 of November the launching of the book Repertorio de la jurisprudencia civil, comercial e inmobiliaria de la República Dominicana (2001-2014), written by managing partner Fabio J. Guzmán Ariza.

The event was held at the National Library of the Dominican Republic with the presence of prominent personalities of the country and the judicial system. It was presented by the Constitutional Court judge Victor Joaquin Castellanos and trial attorney Fabiola Medina Garnes, who addressed the most relevant aspects of the book.

The compilation of the civil, commercial and real estate case law in the Dominican Republic (2001-2014), which is part of the case law and precedents collection of the publisher Gaceta Judicial, condenses and organizes the judgments rendered by the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of the Dominican Republic, from 2001 to 2014, in the areas mentioned on its title, as well as in related procedural matters.

Fabio J. Guzmán Ariza explained that this compilation has two main purposes: “first, provide readers summaries of the legal criteria on various issues related to these matters; and second, facilitate the rapid consultation of the whole decisions that contain the aforementioned criteria”.

Also, Mr. Guzmán Ariza added that 16,000 court decisions were consulted, from the Supreme Court on its role of court of cassation, from the Plenum of the Supreme Court and also from the Constitutional Court, in which 7,000 were summarized because of its private content.

Fabio J. Guzmán Ariza is a lawyer, writer, editor and linguist. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Science and Humanities, and the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (LL.B., summa cum laude, 1981). Mr. Guzmán Ariza was judge of the Disciplinary Court of the Dominican Bar Association. Currently, he is president of Guzman Ariza law firm, president of the editorial board of Gaceta Judicial and numerary member of the Dominican Academy of Letters.

[November 2015]

President inaugurates Amber Cove

On Monday, 2 November 2015, President Danilo Medina inaugurated the new cruise port of Amber Cove in Maimon Bay, Puerto Plata.

Amber Cove will generate more than 430 direct jobs in its first year of operation and it is expected that more than 300,000 cruise passengers will arrive at the port and the number of direct jobs will increase.

Tourism Minister, Francisco Javier Garcia, said that this was a very important day for Puerto Plata as Amber Cove would have a major impact on the province and the whole north region.

The president and CEO of Carnival Corporation that built Amber Cove, Arnold Donald, said that he was very proud of the project and that eight of the brands his company represented would be bringing people from all over the world to Puerto Plata.

[November 2015]