March 30, 2004
  • Preparing for DR pageant
  • Puerto Plata event of the year
  • DR wins award for best exhibit
  • IAAF Grand Prix set for May
  • JetBlue announces flights
  • Direct flights to Antigua
Preparing for DR pageant
This yearís Miss Dominican Republic competition will be extra special, with Miss Universe, Amelia Vega, in town to officially crown her successor. The Miss DR contest is scheduled for Saturday 3 April at the Palacio de los Deportes in the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center, with capacity for 8,000 spectators. An artistic show will be part of the eveningís highlights, all of which will be telecast on Color Vision, Channel 9. For more information, see http://www.missrduniverso.com
Puerto Plata event of the year
The recently-held World Kiteboarding Cup held in Cabarete was named the Event of the Year during the Outstanding Puerto Plata People Awards ceremony held on Saturday, 27 March. The 2004 version of the athletic event is scheduled for 22-28 June 2004, again in Cabarete.
DR wins award for best exhibit
The Dominican Republicís stand, sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, won the Best Exhibitor ITB 2004 award during the ITB fair held in Berlin, Germany. with the participation of 170 countries. Minister of Tourism Miguelina Ortiz said that the Dominican stall was 300 meters square and was honored for its colorfulness, size, and overall ambience. The award was earned in the American Continent-Caribbean category. The ITB trade show is the leading travel marketing event held annually in Europe.
IAAF Grand Prix set for May
Dominican track and field star Felix Sanchez will be in Santo Domingo for the 1 May International Association of Athletics Federations Grand Prix. Prize money amounting to US$170,000 will be distributed among the competing athletes. Two-time world champion in the 400-meter hurdles, Sanchez will be competing only in the 400-meter run. According to Tony Campbell, the eventís co-ordinator, some 45 international track and field competitors will take part, including world long-jump champion Dwight Phillips from the United States. The men will see competitions in the 100-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, 400-meter run, 1,500-meter run, 400-meter hurdles, long jump, shot put, high jump, and triple jump. Womenís competitions will include the 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles, 400-meters run, 400-meter hurdles, 1,500-meter, high jump, long jump, triple jump and shot put.
JetBlue announces flights
JetBlue, the low-fare carrier from New York, announced the start of ticket sales to Santo Domingo and Santiago from JF Kennedy Airport in NYC. The carrier is offering an introductory sale fare on these routes of US$119 each way. The airline will fly to Santiagoís Cibao International Airport starting 10 June and to Las Americas in Santo Domingo as of 17 June. The airline says regular fares on these flights will range from US$134 to US$299 each way when booked online. These rates do not include security, airport or government surcharges and taxes.
Direct flights to Antigua
Starting this summer, travelers will be able to fly to Antigua from Santo Domingo. Caribbean Star has announced a flight starting 2 June. Likewise, American Eagle also announced the initiation of its direct connection to Antigua in June. With LIAT also operating the route, this should facilitate things for the large Dominican population living in Antigua.

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