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  • Chichi Peralta at Altos de Chavon
  • National and Alamo new offices
  • Air Canada files for bankruptcy
  • American holds off bankruptcy
  • Punta Cana doing great at end of winter season
Chichi Peralta at Altos de Chavon
Dominican merengue superstar, Chichi Peralta takes the grand stage at the Altos de Chavon amphitheater for the Saturday, 19 April Holy Week performance. Chichi Peralta is best known for his Amor Narcotico, Me Enamore, La Ciguapa, or Baila, Venga, Chichi, among many other favorites.
Three other favorites of the young generations, Los Ilegales, Sergio Vargas and Pavel Nuñez will star in the opening presentations of the evening.
The Altos de Chavon show is just one of many to take place as Dominicans crowd vacation destinations nationwide for the Easter holidays.
National and Alamo new offices
National Car Rental and Alamo Rent a Car in the Dominican Republic formally opened their new offices at Av. De los Próceres No. 41, Arroyo Hondo on Thursday. The opening of the new offices coincides with the 30th anniversary of the car rental franchise umbrella company. The new offices are located just southeast of the National Botanical Gardens. 
Both US car rental franchises operate under the corporate umbrella of Motor Plan, S.A. founded in September 1973. At the office dedication ceremony, Juan O. Velazquez, vice president of Motor Plan, S.A. spoke about the expansion of the car rental operations and the new image of the company that has more than 30 years in the vehicle rental business. He explained that the company has already invested RD$50 million nationwide to ensure the highest standard of service to customers. National and Alamo have a fleet of more than 700 vehicles, which makes them the largest car rental company in the Dominican Republic.
The National franchise was signed on in 1974. National today has offices in Santo Domingo, at the Las Americas International Airport, in Puerto Plata, La Romana, Bavaro/Punta Cana and Santiago. It is the market leader in car rentals, catering to corporate markets as well as the leisure traveler. The Alamo franchise joined the company in 2001. Alamo also has offices in Bavaro/Punta Cana. Alamo principally targets the tourist market. Click here for more details
Air Canada files for bankruptcy
Air Canada declared bankruptcy protection in Toronto in order to start a major restructuring plan. Canada’s largest airline made the announcement after failing to reach an agreement with its workers. The airline was already hurting from the lull in the US economy when 9/11, wars in the Middle East and now the SARS virus scare in Asia have made their financials worse. An affiliate charter division of Air Canada successfully operates several flights a week to the Dominican Republic, which will not be affected. Under the bankruptcy protection plan, the airline may reorganize its debts, management and operations to avoid liquidation.
American holds off bankruptcy
American Airlines (AA), the biggest airline in the US, has been on the brink of bankruptcy for weeks now. The airline announced reaching important agreements with its pilot, flight attendant and mechanics unions to achieve US$1.8 billion in employee cost savings, a major step to avert an otherwise imminent filing with the bankruptcy court this week. US congress is studying a package of US$3.5 billion of aid for airlines.
Punta Cana and La Romana beach destinations had gained earlier this year, when American reshuffled its planes to popular Caribbean beach destinations, a move which seems to be paying off. For more on airlines worldwide.
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Punta Cana doing great at end of winter season
Francisco Perez, marketing director for Catalonia Bavaro Resort, and Manuel Serrano, marketing director for the Dominican Republic for Iberostar both concur the end of the season could hardly have worked out better for hotels in Punta Cana. Perez says that through the end of the month bookings are averaging 84% at Catalonia. And Serrano says that they have even had to deal with overbookings as tour operators have placed all their allotments. He explained that this year’s bookings were made in the post 9/11 days when there was much concern regarding how travelers would deal with the new terrorism. But, travelers have apparently chosen to get-away-from it all and have headed down to the Caribbean, regardless of the war in the Middle East. Click here for more details

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