December 9, 2003
  • Michel Camilo nominated for GRAMMY
  • Record attendance at Golf Trade Show
  • A new hotel near airport
  • Marriott opens a Courtyard
Michel Camilo nominated for GRAMMY
Michel Camilo is a nominee for the 46th GRAMMY Awards, in recognition of his performance on the CD "Live at the Blue Note." DR1 had reported last week on the popularity of the CD among jazz fans in the United States. The recording, which Camilo has called "a self-portrait", was produced at the Blue Note last March, during the pianist's annual tour of the New York club scene. His trio of musicians includes bass player Charlie Flores and drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez. At a time when Dominican merengue has been displaced internationally by the bachata, it is good news that jazz, Dominican-style, is being so well received. Camilo will compete for the honors in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album (Vocal or Instrumental). His rivals are "Cuban Odyssey" by Jane Bunnett, "Birds of a Feather" by Caribbean Jazz Project, "Isla" by Mark Levine & the Latin Tinge and "New Conceptions" by Chucho Valde). This year's GRAMMYs are set to be staged in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday, 8 February 2004. The show will be broadcast on CBS from 8 to 11:30pm. As the recording industry's most prestigious award, the GRAMMY is presented annually by the Recording Academy's voting membership to honor excellence in the recording arts and sciences and is awarded by and to artists and technical professionals for artistic or technical achievement, not sales or chart positions. The annual GRAMMY Awards presentation brings together thousands of recording industry professionals from all over the world. To read more about Camilo, see http://www.ejn.it/camilo/bluenote.htm
Record attendance at Golf Trade Show
The International Golf Travel Market 2003 for Punta Cana this year is sold out and set for record attendance when it opens on Monday, 8 December. The IGTM is expected to be bigger and better than ever, with representation from 38 countries whose delegates have come to see why Punta Cana is so popular with tourists today. "IGTM in the Dominican Republic has proved to be very popular this year, with an excellent attendance from both exhibitors and buyers. It has been a pleasure working with the Dominican Republic and I have no doubt that their warm hospitality will be enjoyed by all attendees," said Mark Walsh, event manager for IGTM. The organizers reported that 120 buyers had registered to attend the event in which a record 232 stands would be set up in the Barcelo Convention Center. First-timers to the trade show this year are Hungary, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Mauritius. The event's planners had intended familiarization tours of the country prior to the exhibition, but Saturday's torrential rains made them impossible.
A new hotel near airport
The Choice Hotels International's Quality Hotel Real Aeropuerto Santo Domingo, located just five minutes from the Las Americas International Airport in the Province of Santo Domingo, opened its doors last week. President Mejia attended the ceremony. The new hotel represents an investment of US$9 million, with its 124 rooms, each equipped with high-speed Internet access, direct-dial telephones and 24-hour room service. The property was designed with the business traveler in mind, and is purported to be "a home away from home." Breakfast is included in the nightly rates. Guests are also enticed by the accessibility of a round of golf at Guavaberry Golf Club, only 25 minutes away from the hotel. The hotel touts its convenient proximity to the Las Americas airport, as well as to the Las Americas, San Isidro and Cyber Park free zone locations. The hotel is about 25 minutes from the city of Santo Domingo and its telephone number is (809) 549-2525.
Marriott opens a Courtyard
Feel as you did in the United States. The Marriott hotel chain has opened the Courtyard Santo Domingo Hotel at 50A Maximo Gomez Avenue (Tel. 685-1010). The property is centrally located with such attractions as the National Theater (Plaza de la Cultura), the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center within walking distance. The new Courtyard is also within walking distance to the the US Embassy and Consulate, across the street from the Vatican Embassy and five minutes from the Presidential Palace and other important government offices. The new hotel is a five-storey building with 141 rooms, 4 of which are suites. The Courtyard promotes itself as the hotel designed by business travelers for business travelers.

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