El caribe reports that tourism is in serious difficulties with hotels closing and jobs being lost. Five of 14 hotels in Playa Dorada have closed, the most recent being Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada. Remaining hotels report occupation rates have fallen from 60% to 30%.
At the commercial plaza 15 stores display signs announcing the close of business.
There is much blame going around; high taxes, the cost of fuel and ineffective tourism officials. The high rates of taxis are also blamed for the problem, as the high cost of taxi service discourages tourists from venturing out of resort properties.