July 15, 2003
  • American seeks to defend its turf
  • Small Europe: The Caribbean
  • Tickets for sale for DR Jazz Festival
  • Dominicans in All-Star Game
American seeks to defend its turf
American Airlines is advertising a US$150 one-way fare to New York and US$108 one-way fare to Miami. The new advertised AA fares are considerably down from the US$500-US$700 fares the airline had available on the routes just weeks ago. The AA announcement comes shortly after new upstarts Air Santo Domingo (New York) and LanDominicana (Miami) announced new flights to these destinations. AA reminds travelers they will receive Advantage points for flying the market leading carrier. 
Aeromar, which began as a cargo carrier prior to seeking the passenger market, is the longest standing Dominican airline of recent years, and is also offering promotional fares. 
LanDominicana, the LanChile affiliate, is throwing in a free car rental with Hertz for their US$258 return fare. 
Air Santo Domingo was best known for its domestic flights for several years, until building a good international reputation with its popular Herrera-San Juan flights. Alex Santana, who was general manager for Continental in the Dominican Republic for many years, is the general manager for Air Santo Domingo.
Small Europe: The Caribbean
You may be aware that the Caribbean is a miniature Europe? With Europe costing so much more this year, given the strength of the Euro, more travelers may consider visiting the Caribbean islands this summer as visiting a small Europe. Visit French Martinique, Dutch St. Maarten and English-speaking St. Lucia all with one airline, Air Caraibes. If you want take a shortcruise from one island to other, you can do it. Air Caraibes can connect you with travel experts to help you plan your Caribbean experience. Air Caraibes departs from Santo Domingo to St. Maarten three times a week — on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The airline posts a special fare of US$199 plus taxes for the first stop of the trip (and roundtrip to Santo Domingo). You can find St Maarten Packages with Omni Tours: http://www.omnitours.com.do

For reservations in Santo Domingo, call 809 540-5343 or email [email protected] or call your travel agent.
Tickets for sale for DR Jazz Festival
The organizers of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival of Puerto Plata announce that tickets for the event are already for sale online and in Puerto Plata. The schedule for the popular north coast musical event includes Jose Furito Rios & Cuatro (Puerto Rico), Puerto Plata Jazz Ensemble (Dominican Republic) for the opening night at the Hotel Sosua Bay in Sosua, on Wednesday, 1 October. The music continues on Thursday, 2 October in Cabarete Beach with the presentation of Patricia Pereyra (Dominican Republic) and US blues groups. Both the Sosúa and the Cabarete jazz nights are free. 
The action then passes to Playa Dorada (Puerto Plata) with the presentation of Chichi Peralta on Friday, 3 October and Chucho Valdes and Mezcla (Cuba) for US$20 the evening. Scheduled for the closing evening are Arturo Sandoval (USA), Sistema Temperado (DR) and Humberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico). 
For more information, see http://www.drjazzfestival.com/
Dominicans in All-Star Game
The Dominican Republic will have six players in the upcoming Tuesday, 15 July Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The baseball show taking place this year at the US Cellular Field in Chicago includes the Dominicans on both the National and the American league teams. 
Alberto Pujols (St. Louis Cardinals), Armando Benitez (New York Mets), Rafael Furcal (Atlanta Braves) and Luis Castillo (Florida Marlins) are on the National League team. They will match fellow Dominicans Alex Rodríguez (Texas Rangers) and Alfonso Soriano (New York Yankees) who are playing for the American League. To follow the game, see http://msn.espn.go.com/mlb/

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