February 17, 2004
  • DATE set for Playa Dorada
  • Brighter outlook for travel in 2004
  • Dominicans make Billboard list
  • Eat them fruits!
  • Boston Globe on Cabarete kiteboarding
DATE set for Playa Dorada
The Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE), the foremost marketing event for Dominicans hotels, will be held this year on 28-30 April. The convention will be held on the second floor of the Playa Dorada Plaza in Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata. DATE serves as a networking platform for both buyers and sellers to meet and contract hotel bookings. Its appointment-based format enables participants to maximize their time together. International wholesalers, tour operators, travel agents, incentive houses, airlines, charter operators and hotel suppliers participate in the event each year. In 2003, more than 350 buyers and sellers were involved in the event held in Punta Cana. Registrations are obtainable online at http://www.drdate.net, through the Caribbean Hotel Association in Peurto Rico at 787-725-9139, or by email to [email protected]
Participation is open to Asonahores members (suppliers) and direct producers of travel business to Dominican Republic (buyers).
For more information, contact Asonahores/CPT at 809 540-4676 or by email to [email protected]
Brighter outlook for travel in 2004
Travel to the Caribbean last year increased by 8%, although it was a year in which overall international tourism arrivals fell 1.2% -- the biggest annual drop ever, according to the World Tourism Organization statistics for 2003. Travel to the Dominican Republic last year was up overall by 14.5%.
Preliminary estimates of full-year results, published in the WTO World Tourism Barometer, determine that international arrivals slid by the previously mentioned 1.2% to 694 million, some 8.5 million less than in 2002. Travel in 2003 was affected by the Iraqi conflict, SARS and a persistently weak economy, explained WTO Secretary General Francesco Frangialli.
WTO Chief of Market Intelligence Augusto Huescar in a press conference announcement during FITUR in Madrid, forecast a much brighter outlook for 2004. The prognosis for this year is generally optimistic, based essentially on positive signs of recovery in the economies of the US, Japan and Western Europe and reduced conflicts. The large pent-up demand for travel is bound to express itself as soon as circumstances allow, according to the leading decision-makers and analysts on the WTO World Tourism Barometer panel, said Huescar.
Dominicans make Billboard list
Five Dominicans are finalists for Billboard magazine's Latin Music Awards. These honors are based on sales and radio airplay data compiled by weekly Billboard charts dated 15 Feb 2003 to 7 February 2004. Billboard's charts are the world's most authoritative music charts.
The awards will be presented 29 April at the Miami Arena in Miami and broadcast on Telemundo that evening.
Tropical Album Of The Year, Duo Or Group: "The Mix" - Monchy & Alexandra (J&N/Sony Discos)
Tropical Airplay Track Of The Year, Duo Or Group: "Loca Conmigo" - Los Toros Band (Universal Latino)
Tropical Airplay Track Of The Year, New Artist: "La Ultima Vez" - Magic Juan (J&N), "Enamorame" - Papi Sanchez (J&N), "Intentalo Tu" - Joe Veras (J&N)
Tropical Airplay Label Of The Year: J&N
Eat them fruits!
Tourists should take note and follow the lead of Dominicans. El Caribe newspaper recently published a story on the positive side of the increasing cost of food. Dominicans who do not go home for lunch are increasingly found snacking on fresh tropical fruits sold by street-corner vendors. Most of these vendors are Haitian immigrants who have networks that deliver the goods to their strategic selling points once a week. The newspaper reports that breakfast and lunch sales are up. One street vendor, William Mateo, told the newspaper that his sales were definitely improved. "Sales have increased a lot. People prefer fruits more than before, and it is not a matter of dieting, but economics," he explained. He said that one can buy a fruit salad - 1/4 peeled pineapple, 1/4 papaya, 1/4 watermelon, and a banana, with a trickle of honey, for the accommodating price of RD$30. Other good deals include 2 oranges or tangerines for RD$5, 1/4 papaya or pineapple for RD$10 each, half of a melon for RD$10 and bananas at 2 for RD$5. The peso has been fluctuating to the dollar from RD$45-RD$50, making it cost only cents to buy succulent tropical fruit.
Boston Globe on Cabarete kiteboarding
Travel writer David Arnold shares his experiences with Boston Globe readers after spending time in Cabarete, Puerto Plata, where he tested the fledgling sport of kiteboarding. Arnold writes this month of having captured the essence of Cabarete in his review, saying: "Cabarete, the new kiteboarding mecca of the Caribbean, thrives on a balance all its own." He further explains: "Cabarete sits somewhere between the first and third worlds, jungles and beaches, expatriates and friendly locals, bargain hotels and five-star resorts. Here, the pace can accelerate from 0 to 30 with the vicissitudes of the wind and its riders."
The author flew to Puerto Plata to take lessons in kiteboarding, an extreme sport described as "an enormously efficient, exhilarating way to fly" and has gained thousands of adepts since it first gained popularity about four years ago.
For the story, see http://www.boston.com/travel/articles/

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