May 27, 2003
  • Port depends on removing power plants
  • Punta Cana article leads to journalism award
  • Spanish expert on world tourism
  • Weakened dollar: a break for DR tourism
  • Fly like a prince on Martinair
Port depends on removing power plants
According to Allard Stamm, the project manager for the Puerto Plata Cruise Port Development Company (PPC), the removal of the Smith Enron power plant is not a requirement for the construction of the cruise ship port. “The ideal situation is that all generator plants in the area of Puerto Plata be removed,” he told DR1 Travel News. But, he said that from a pragmatic standpoint, their efforts are concentrated on negotiating a strategy for the relocation of those located at the peninsula of the Malecón – EGE/Haina and CEPP.
The removal of these specific plants is a requirement for the start of the project, Stamm explained.
“It is not the PPC that is demanding that the plants be removed. Rather it is the cruise lines that say this is a minimal condition to ensure that the cruise ship port is successful,” he said.
While the presidential decree authorizing the construction of the port is being celebrated, Stamm feels that the real festivity should begin only when the obstacle of the power plants has been overcome.
Punta Cana article leads to journalism award
John Collins, who covers the Dominican Republic for Caribbean Business, was chosen as winner of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Worldwide Travel Writer Award in the category of Best Article in a consumer newspaper, magazine or online publication for the Caribbean region. Collins will attend the Governments of the Caribbean State Ball at the Waldorf Astoria in New York on 6 June, where he will be recognized for his excellence in promoting the Caribbean region. Collins is being honored for his in-depth story on Punta Cana-Bávaro Beach, originally published in the newspaper on 23 May 2002.
The journalist says that he is “particularly pleased that his winning feature is about the tourism miracle in the Dominican Republic.” He explains that he has had “a quarter-of-a-century love affair with the DR since he first visited it in 1974.”
This, however, has been both a good and a bad year for Collins. Recently named 2003’s Journalist of the Year by the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association (PRMA), and with his work to be recognized during the PRMA’s 75th annual convention in August, Collins has also been diagnosed with an early stage of prostate cancer.
To read his story on Punta Cana-Bavaro, Click Here.
Spanish expert on world tourism
The former tourism and trade minister for the Spanish government, Don Javier Gómez-Navarro, will speak on “Perspectives of Tourism in Today’s World”, open to all those interested in the tourism sector. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, 5 June, 7:30pm, at the Fundación Global Democracia y Democracia, which is presided over by former President Leonel Fernández and located at Calle Capitan Eugenio de Marchena No. 26, La Esperilla. Attendance must be confirmed by calling Tel. 685-9966 Ext. 2445 or by email to [email protected]
The Foundation will also dedicate a day to analyzing the developments in tourism, called “Jornada sobre el Turismo Hoy” from 9am to 5pm on Wednesday, 4 June. This activity is open to tourism industry students and those interested in the topic.
Weakened dollar: a break for DR tourism
The decline of the US dollar versus the Euro could be a blessing in disguise for tourism in the Dominican Republic. The US dollar’s value has sunk to a two-year low against major world currencies, particularly against the burgeoning Euro.
While travel to Europe is becoming increasingly expensive for US travelers, travel to the DR is becoming cheaper every day given the local depreciation of the peso.
Thus, it is very likely that the DR receive more US vacationers than expected, as Americans decide to visit the Caribbean in 2003 instead of Europe, where their dollars will buy less and less.
Moreover, the Dominican Republic, whose hotel package prices are pegged to the US dollar, is becoming increasingly more attractive for Europeans, whose Euro now buys many more dollars.
Fly like a prince on Martinair
Did you know that Dutch Crown Prince Willem Alexander has worked as a pilot for Martinair? As the eldest son of Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus of Holland, who over the New Year holidays vacationed in the Dominican Republic, the 36-year-old prince is the heir to the Dutch throne.
While Willem-Alexander is no longer piloting the Martinair flights, the airline promises you the same classy service that has distinguished itself from its competitors on flights to Europe.
Martinair is jointly owned by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Royal Nedlloyd, serves over 60 worldwide charter and scheduled passenger routes and operates a major worldwide cargo business. The airline offers attractive fares to over fifty international destinations, via the hub of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and consistently voted among the world’s favorite airports for passenger convenience.
In the Dominican Republic, call 809 540-5343 or
email [email protected]

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