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  • Caribbean Tourism Bourse
  • Shakira in Samana?
  • Hotel Directory now available
  • Focusing on Canadian seniors
Caribbean Tourism Bourse
Caribbean Tourism Bourse opens in mid-May at the Renaissance Jaragua Hotel & Casino. The gathering brings together international and local tourism experts for a full program of conferences, trade show, business meetings and networking. The Bourse is in its seventh year. Luis Felipe Aquino is the director of the event that will take place Tuesday, 20 May through Thursday, 22 May. He announced that during the BTC a national agreement for the improvement of the competitiveness of the tourism sector would be signed. The agreement is based on conclusions resulting from the surveying and dialogue held nationwide with key regional tourism leaders. The leaders were surveyed as part of the work program for the recently concluded IV National Tourism Convention. Click here for more details
Shakira in Samana?
It was all talk over the weekend in Samana. Would Shakira invest in a property in El Valle Beach? Had she done so already? The isolated and little visited beach is a smaller version of Playa Grande in Maria Trinidad Sanchez province, but it should measure at least one kilometer wide. The beach is framed by lush tropical vegetation, lofty waves and a river spring that runs parallel to the beach and surfaces from May to August when the tides are lower. There is a sign on the road from Samana that indicates the road to take to Playa El Valle, but the road is not recommended but for those traveling in all-terrain vehicle or hardy pick-ups because it is a dirt one and at two points is interrupted by a winding river. The drive takes about 30 minutes from the Samana highway.
Diario Libre first released the news story about Shakira buying property adjacent to El Valle beach last week. The leading Colombian artist was expected in Samana on Monday, 5 May to review the property. She is scheduled to perform in Santo Domingo, Tuesday, 6 May at the Quisqueya Ball Park. According to press reports, her plans are to build a private home and recording studio on the El Valle site. The main motivation is that the paradisiastic site is hard to get to and thus she would be truly secluded from her fans.
Hotel Directory now available
The Central Bank of the Dominican Republic has just released a comprehensive directory on hotel properties in the Dominican Republic, Directorio de Establecimientos de Alojamiento. For more information, contact Socrates Barinas Guerrero at the Central Bank. Tel. 221-9111 ext. 3115 
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Focusing on Canadian seniors
New Outlook, a lifestyle publication for the senior demographic that has a circulation of 450,000 across Canada in two languages will be running a travel article on the Dominican Republic in its fall issue. DR1 is assisting the magazine with its photographs. The magazine is published by Redwood Custom Communications, a company that produces custom magazines for corporate sponsors.
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