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- Lots of flights to Puerto Rico
- Popular British TV series filmed here
- Ecotourism fair set for Hatillo Lake
- Dye Fore opens in La Romana
- Clinton and Chrétien play golf
|Lots of flights to Puerto Rico
The days when there was only one choice and one very high price to fly to Puerto Rico from Santo Domingo may soon be over. American Airlines and its affiliate American Eagle dominated the market with fares of US$300+ being the norm for years. But, as reported in the DR1 Airline Forum, San Juan-based Caribbean Sun may soon join Iberia, Pan American, Air Santo Domingo and Viva in offering reasonably-priced flights between San Juan, Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo. Caribbean Sun, the region’s newest airline, is planning fares of US$100 roundtrip, even lower than the around US$200 fares already offered by Air Santo Domingo.
|Popular British TV series filmed here
The fourth series of the popular British TV drama, “Auf Wiedersehen, Pet” is being filmed in Santo Domingo. Santo Domingo was chosen because of its close resemblance to old Havana, where the drama is set. “The boys are in Havana, Cuba, rebuilding the British Embassy,” is the title for the fourth series.
The series first aired in 1983 and proved a huge hit, to the point where it was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Drama Series in the UK.
The inspiration for the first series came from the unemployment in Britain that forced the British to seek employment as bricklayers in Germany. In the second series, the boys were off to Spain for more building and drinking, and then onwards to North Africa.
The popularity of the series helped launch successful careers for the majority of the cast.
The crew is staying at the Hotel Embajador and filming was set to start after Easter mainly in the Santa Barbara square, between Isabel la Católica and Arzobispo Meriño streets, in the colonial city. Some scenes will be filmed in the whereabouts of the Botanical Gardens.
According to a report in the BBC, the fourth series’ plot revolves around how with restoration in Cuba fast becoming a priority, the gang are employed - to rebuild the British Embassy in Havana. But that's not their only mission. While there, one of the team is singled out to become a British secret agent and becomes " Our Man in Havana ", following in the footsteps of Alec Guinness who played a similar role in the 1959 film from the novel by Graham Greene.
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|Ecotourism fair set for Hatillo Lake
In its seventh year, the Eco International Tourism Fair will take place at the Hatillo Lake this coming 12-16 November. With its 50 square meter navigatable extension the lake is located in Monseñor Nouel province between the Central mountain range, a 75 kilometer drive from Santo Domingo.
In the area, the Natura Bass Center offers club house facilities for visitors. Call 221-5453 and 687-3309. The site is popular for fly-fishing, trout and bass anglers.
|Dye Fore opens in La Romana
La Romana’s newest golf course, Dye Fore opens to the general public today, 21 April. Casa de Campo is promoting the new golf course as a worthy contender to the fame of Teeth of the Dog, the first of four Casa de Campo courses.
Both courses are designed by Pete Dye, with Teeth of the Dog flush with the sea and Dye Fore some 500 feet above the Chavon River. “Dye Fore has spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea, the mountains, the Chavon River below and the Altos de Chavon artists’ village,” said Gilles Gagnon, director of golf at Casa de Campo. “Visually, the course is intimidating and the par 3’s are incredible! Although very playable from the forward tees, this course will stand the test of time as it measures over 7,800 yards from the back tee’s.”
Green fees for Dye Fore will match those of the Teeth of the Dog at US$196 – including tax, per player per round.
|Clinton and Chrétien play golf
Former President Bill Clinton and New York Senator Hillary Rodham were in La Romana for Easter holidays. Clinton played golf at the Teeth of the Dog course at Casa de Campo, as well as at the Punta Cana Golf Course in Punta Cana. According to a news report in El Caribe, Clinton was staying at the Punta Cana residence of Spanish singer Julio Iglesias. This is Clinton’s third visit to Punta Cana, and his wife’s fourth. Jean Chrétien, the Canadian Prime Minister, also spent his Easter holidays in the country and was also seen on the green of Casa de Campo. Both he and his wife, Aline who accompanied him on this work-vacation trip, are known as avid golfers. Prime Minister Chrétien and the Clintons met for lunch in Punta Cana with President Hipolito Mejia and hosts Frank and Haydee Rainieri.