June 9, 2003
  • Juan Luis Guerra to close Pan Ams
  • Ramada Resorts in Puerto Plata
  • Kiteboarding in Cabarete
  • LanDominicana ready to go
Juan Luis Guerra to close Pan Ams
Juan Luis Guerra, one of Latin America’s most outstanding contemporary singers and songwriters, will be the top-billing Dominican artist to participate in the closing ceremonies of the Pan Am Games. The Pan Am Games open in Santo Domingo at the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Stadium on Friday, 1 August and close on Thursday, 17 August.
Producers Guillermo Cordero, Chiqui Haddad and José Antonio Rodríguez explained to El Caribe newspaper that 5,000 Dominicans will participate in the 50-minute extravaganza on 17 August. “It will be a snapshot of the Dominican way and music,” says Cordero, who added that the tunes will range from traditional merengue to bachata.
For more information on the Pan Am Games, see http://www.panamgames2003.com
Ramada Resorts in Puerto Plata
Hotel Hacienda Tropical in Cofresí, Puerto Plata is now under the operation of Ramada International Hotels & Resorts, a Marriott International company, which also operates the Renaissance brand in Santo Domingo. This is the only Ramada International hotel in the Dominican Republic.
In a company press release of the announcement, Reas Kondraschow explains that the North Coast hotel is part of their expansion plans for the Caribbean and Latin America.
The 246-room resort will operate on an all-inclusive plan and will feature two outdoor pools, an amphitheater, discoteque, golf school, PADI diving school, tennis courts and the Playa Cofresi Beach, where various watersports will be available. For dining and entertainment, the resort offers a buffet, Asian and steak & seafood restaurants; and lobby and pool bars. For more information on the property, contact Richard Oakes at E-mail: [email protected]
Kiteboarding in Cabarete
Cabarete has announced that the 2003 Kiteboarding World Cup will be held from 24-30 June, for the fourth consecutive year in the North Coast town famous for its surf. The 2002 event was so successful that the Kite Riders Federation chose Cabarete as the No. 1 kitesurfing destination in the world – even ranking it above the very popular King of the Air site in Maui, Hawaii. The Dominican Republic is the second stop on the tour that began in Austria on 25 April. From the Dominican Republic, it will continue on to Fuerteventura, Holland, Italy and Brazil, ending with the finals on 25 November.
Some 84 competitors from 23 countries are expected to participate this year, including competitors from the US, Argentina, Colombia and Moscow. International coverage will be provided by FoxSport, ESPN and Eurosport and organizers say the event positions Cabarete as a leading sport-tourism destination.
Kiteboarding was first developed by two French brothers, Dominique and Bruno Legaignoux, in France in the early 80s, and it has recently become a premiere extreme sport worldwide. The Legaignoux brothers currently reside in the Dominican Republic, from where they continue to perfect the kites.
The dynamic sport that allows for big jumps and soft landings allows the rider to harness power from the wind, requiring no boat, or fees. Contrary to other sailing events, maximum thrills can be had with little windpower.
Another plus spurring the popularity and development of the sport is that once the gear is procured (at an estimated cost of US$1,700), practice sessions are cost-free. Also attractive is the fact that kiteboarding equipment is lightweight and easy to transport.
Competitions will be held in freestyle and best-trick session categories. In the freestyle event, a maximum of four participants will compete along a course marked by buoys. Each participant is evaluated for height of the jumps, number of turns, position of the board (above or below the athlete) and the precision of the landing. In the second category, what matters are the difficulty and execution of the tricks performed, not the time registered.
Participation in the Cabarete competition will include 32 of the top men and 16 of the top women in the world, such as Martin Vari (Argentina); David Tyburski, Chris Gilbert and Adam Koch (United States); Mark Shinn and Aaron Hadlow (England); Julien Sudrat (France); and Luciano González and José Luis Ciriaco (Dominican Republic). Among the leading women competitors are Cindy Mosey (New Zealand); Ingrid Köllbichler (Austria); and Laurel Eastman (United States.)
The event is sponsored by Banreservas, the Ministry of Tourism, Sea Horse Ranch, Cabarete Events, and the Association for Development of Cabarete, among others, in conjunction with international coordination from the Profesional Kite Riders Association.
For more information contact Desiree García at [email protected]
LanDominicana ready to go
LanDominicana announces start of regular flights between Santo Domingo and Miami for Monday, 16 June. The company had been flying two times a week between Punta Cana and Miami since March. LanDominicana uses Boeing 767-300s.
Company president, Julio Heinsen Morales said that the new airline would initially operate three flights a week on the Miami-Santo Domingo route. LanDominicana is 51% Dominican owned, and 49% owned by LanChile, the largest airline in Chile.
The operation of the Dominican affiliate of LanChile comes at a time when leading airlines of the world are contracting. LanChile is bucking the trend investing in Latin American carriers. For the first quarter of 2003, company net profits were US$21.6 million, up from US$17.1 million in profits for the same quarter last year.
The joint venture strategy seeks to surmount barriers to obtaining traffic rights in the region, taking advantage of the Dominican Republic’s strategic geographic position as center of the Americas. The move is said to be part of LanChile’s goal to become the leading airline in Latin America.
Marketing director Maria José Diuana says the company expects to expand to fly to New York and Santiago de Chile.
LanDominicana offices are located on the first floor of the Edificio Heinsen, at Malecón 353.

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