May 13, 2003 - 13,000+ subscribers and growing!
  • Puerto Plata port contract granted
  • 1 hour from Santo Domingo to La Romana?
  • Best of contemporary Bachata
  • Dominican to debut in Scala de Milan
  • Air Caraibes — bringing the Caribbean closer
Puerto Plata port contract granted
Puerto Plata port construction contract granted
President Hipólito Mejía has authorized the construction of the US$160-million Puerto Plata port, announced governor of that province Ginnette Bournigal de Jiménez, as reported in Hoy newspaper. The construction of the port will require the relocation of the Smith-Enron power plant and the clinker downloading facility of the port. The governor announced that the President, in a closed arrangement, authorized Puerto Plata Cruise Port Development Company, S.A. to build the port. 
The port area spans from the Puntilla on the Malecon to the Poza del Castillo. Decree 459-03 orders that the area be free and that the investors not find obstacles at the time of construction. 
The decree establishes that investors and the power authorities of the country need to find a harmonious way for the transfer of the power generation plants located in the area of the port site. 
Ludwig Meister, who is also completing construction of Ocean World, an aquatic park in Cofresí, Puerto Plata, is the main investor in the Puerto Plata Cruise Port Development Company, S.A. Meister hosted President Mejía during a visit in July 2001 to his Deep & Down Discovery aquatic facility in the Bahamas. The Cofresí park would be a major attraction site for the cruise-ship visitors. Investors say that the work would be concluded within 18 months and they expect revenues of US$70 million. 
The Hoy reporter says that Governor Ginette Bournigal de Jiménez requested approval of the port project on her most recent visit to the President at the Presidential Palace.
One hour from Santo Domingo to La Romana?
The Ministry of Public Works is promising to finish the majestic bridge under construction over the Higuamo River in San Pedro de Macorís by this December, according to a report in Hoy newspaper. The 606-meter long bridge hangs 106 meters over the river and will enable travelers en route from La Romana to Santo Domingo to shave off another half-hour from the trip. Already, with the opening of the Autovia del Este the trip takes half an hour less than previously, for a total of one and a half hour’s travel time. With the completion of the bridge, travel to and from La Romana will be even further reduced. At present, travelers are obliged to make a detour by passing the Cementos Mexicanos plant. Once the bridge is opened, it will be a direct route. The bridge is a RD$750-million investment, where for months construction had been suspended.
Best of contemporary Bachata
Dominican Latin Billboard Award winners Monchy and Alexandra will perform live on stage 16-18 May at the National Theater, and again on 23-25 May at the Gran Teatro Regional in Santiago. The popular duo recently received a double win for Tropical/Salsa Album of the Year for their work on "Confesiones... " and for Tropical/Salsa Airplay Track by a Duo or Group for "Te Quiero Igual Que Ayer" (J&N Sony Discos). The Billboard Awards took place 9 May in Miami. 
The Miami Herald, in its coverage of the awards, said that with the Monchy & Alexandra double-win, “Bachata had sealed its position as a viable commercial style.” 
The awards, presented at the Miami Arena, honored the most popular albums, songs and performers in Latin music, as determined by sales and radio airplay data published on Billboard's weekly charts. 
The twosome will go on stage along with other Bachata greats, such as Yoskar Sarante, who was also nominated by Billboard
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Dominican to debut in Scala de Milan
Dominican tenor Francisco Casanova will make his debut at the prestigious Scala de Milan theater on 13 May in a Verdi opera conducted by Riccardo Muti. Casanova will play the role of Jacopo Foscari in “I Due Foscari” with Italian baritone Leo Nucci. The show will be broadcast live on RAI television and will be seen in the Dominican Republic. This will be one of the most important career achievements of the tenor, who was born in El Seibo, in the east of the Dominican Republic. Casanova is also scheduled to perform in concerts this summer at the Metropolitan Opera House of New York.
Air Caraibes — bringing the Caribbean closer
With summer quickly approaching, the time is right to plan a Caribbean jaunt for the family and Air Caraibes makes this possible. Air Caraibes Embraer jets, with capacity for 50 passengers, brings St. Maarten/St. Martin, St. Barts, Guadaloupe and Martinique closer than you would imagine. 
Air Caraibes departs from Santo Domingo to St. Maarten three times a week — on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This direct flight costs as much as it does to fly to Puerto Rico. Flight TX 7864 departs at 10:55am and arrives in St. Maarten (SXM) at Julienne International Airport at noon. Return flight TX 7865 departs at 12:40pm and arrives in Santo Domingo at 1:45pm. 
The airline carried a total of 445,000 passengers in 2002 onboard its two Embraer-145 jets, 2 ATR-42 planes and two ATR-72 planes. 
To facilitate passenger travel within the Caribbean, the airline companies Winair and Liat have joined with Air Caraibes to form the Caribsky Alliance. As a result of this alliance, passengers benefit from more harmonious flight schedules, a better choice of connecting flights, competitive fares, and mutual acceptance of flight tickets for the whole of the Caribsky network. 
For reservations in Santo Domingo, call 809 540-5343 or email or call your travel agent.

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