April 15, 2003 - 12,900+ subscribers and growing!
  • VIP visitors for Easter
  • Easter Week prevention program
  • CHIC set for Bavaro in June
  • DATE 2004 to be held in Puerto Plata
  • Air Caraibes flight to St. Marteen 
VIP visitors for Easter
Prime Minister Jean Chretien and family, and former US President Bill Clinton and family will be spending their Easter vacations in the Dominican Republic. Chretien joins hundreds of thousands of Canadians that have made the Dominican Republic their preferred Caribbean island. This is his first trip to the Dominican Republic. 
Clinton, on the other hand, has become a repeat visitor after he first came to Punta Cana in January 2002 on his first holiday abroad after ending eight years as President of the United States. Since then, Clinton has probably been in and out five times. 
News reports say that Chretien and Clinton will be staying in Casa de Campo in La Romana.They are also expected to visit and play golf in Punta Cana. 
Clinton had already made a stopover in the Dominican Republic last week on a 33-country tour to promote efforts to fight HIV/ AIDS.
Easter Week prevention program
The annual nationwide prevention program, coordinated by the Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias (COE), will begin this Monday, 14 April, and end on the evening of Sunday, 20 April. The plan is to minimize the number of accidents and fatalities during the prime vacation week for Dominicans, known as Semana Santa. Emphasis will be placed on reducing the number of drownings, extreme sun exposure and road accidents. The COE closes around 100 vacation spots nationwide that are not prepared to handle crowds, however none of these are sites that regularly receive foreign tourists. The week reaches its peak from Wednesday to Sunday. Those who can avoid traveling on the late afternoon/evenings of Thursday or Sunday should do so. 
Volunteer corps of 3,353 volunteers and 58 ambulances will take to the roads, with the support of 23 national institutions, including the Red Cross, Civil Defense, the Ministry of Public Health, the National Police, the Armed Forces, and the Metropolitan Transport Authority, among others.
CHIC set for Bavaro in June
Dominican Simón Súarez, president of the Caribbean Hotels Association, announced during DATE that the 2003 Caribbean Hotel Industry Conference would also be held at the Bavaro Convention Center 22-25 June. Súarez is vice president of Coral by Hilton hotels in the Dominican Republic. 
He said that Sir Ian Prosser, Chairman of Six Continents PLC and the World Travel & Tourism Council would be the keynote speaker during the event. 
CHIC is described as a forum for hotel and allied members to exchange information and indeas, conduct association business and network, make new business contacts and renew old acquaintances. Each year it draws about 1,000 delegates. CHIC combines educational sessions and workshops with mini-chat sessions and round tables, as well as a 100+ booth trade exhibition showcasing the latest in products, services and technology available to the industry. CHIC, though, is also known for its social functions in the trade show area, the popular American Express Awards Luncheon, its annual golf tournament, and live auction to benefit the Scholarship Foundation. 
For more information contact Súarez at [email protected] or the Caribbean Hotel Association:  Click here for more details
DATE 2004 to be held in Puerto Plata
Puerto Plata has accepted the challenge to host DATE in April 2004. The event will take place at convention facilities that will be shared by the Iberostar Costa Dorada and the Coral by Hilton Marien resorts, a short distance from Playa Dorada. Upon making the announcement, Johnny Bernal, president of the Hotel Association (Asonahores) and Hans Dannenberg, director of the Puerto Plata Hotels Association said the event will serve to showcase the old and new attractions of the North Coast, where tourism first started in the Dominican Republic. Visitors will be able to tour the historic heritage of the city of Puerto Plata, and partake in numerous excursions to enjoy natural attractions within close driving distance. Delegates to the leading event to sell Dominican vacations will be able to see firsthand the many reasons for the new Puerto Plata slogan: “Don’t settle for just a tan.” 
For the delegates arrangements will be made for visits to the kite surfing and board sailing facilities in Cabarete, plus restaurant stopping in Cabarete and Sosua, the Columbus Waterpark, the skylift to the Isabel de Torres Mountain, the Amber Museum, and the 16th Century San Felipe Fort. 
New in the area is the Ocean World, the new water park, that once fully operational later this year, will be the largest in the Caribbean. Seals, dolphins, sharks and a great variety of sea creatures and fishes will be exhibited in the US$25 million Cofresí-based park. 
For more information, contact Hans Dannenberg at [email protected] or
Click here for more details
Air Caraibes flight to St. Marteen
Discover the French and Dutch worlds of the neighboring island of St Martin/St Maarten, now only a 55-minute flight from Santo Domingo. Take advantage of the weekend to enjoy this neighboring cosmopolitan island. 
Due to increasing demand for travel from Santo Domingo, Air Caraibes now flies direct three times a week — Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This direct flight costs US$199 promotional fare plus taxes, less than it costs to fly to Puerto Rico. Air Caraibes flies with a modern, secure and comfortable Jet Embraer 145 with capacity for 50 passengers. Flight TX 7864 departs at 10:55 am and arrives in St Maarten (SXM) Julienne Intl airport, at 12 pm. The return flight TX 7865 departs at 12:40 pm and arrives in Santo Domingo at 1:45 pm. For reservations in Santo Domingo, call 809 540-5343 or email [email protected] or call your travel agent.
Travelers may also consider using St. Maarten as gateway to see other attracctive nearby Caribbean Leeward Islands. Air Caraibes also flies to the smaller surrounding islands such as St. Barths, Saba and Anguila and offers connections to Guadeloupe, St. Kitts and Nevis. For making travel arrangements to visit St. Martin/St. Maarten, write to [email protected] or Click here for more details

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