SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The republic's tourism
ministry appointed Rafael Subervi minister of tourism. Subervi, the
former minister of interior and police, replaced Ramon Alfredo
Bordas, who was made director of export promotions.
Appointed deputy ministers of tourism were Sonia Jimenez, Ana
Rita Tejeda, Edgar Felix and Cesar Cabrera. In other news, the
government signed into law a bill stating that all money collected
via airport taxes and revenues from all purchased $10 tourist cards
will go to the tourism department.
Also in the works is a campaign to "raise public awareness of
the safety of vacationing in the Dominican Republic," according to
a spokeswoman. The campaign aims to capture a share of the tourists
who canceled plans to travel to the Middle East and Asia, she