April 13, 2004
  • Getting ready for DATE
  • Air Madrid flights to POP and PUJ
  • Spring symphony concerts
  • DR advances in Davis Cup
  • Dominican stars in the Major League Baseball
Getting ready for DATE
Preparations are advancing to host tour operators and travel suppliers in Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata for the Dominican Annual Travel Exchange (DATE) from 28-30 April. This year’s premier event for booking Dominican hotels will center around the second-floor convention hall atop the Playa Dorada Commercial Center. Social events will be spread throughout Puerto Plata to give participants an opportunity to appreciate the many attractions of the province. For DATE 2004, the opening reception will take place at the Playa Dorada Golf Club on Wednesday, 28 April. The Dominican Evening has been scheduled for the Central Park in downtown Puerto Plata on Thursday, 29 April. Other events have been programmed for Ocean World, the cable car of Mount Isabel de Torres, the Brugal Rum Factory and the Centro Leon in nearby Santiago.
For more information, see http://www.drdate.net
Air Madrid flights to POP and PUJ
Industry newcomer Air Madrid is announcing its summer flights to Puerto Plata from EUR399 round-trip. Flights to Punta Cana will go from EUR429. The new airline will employ A330-200s with 298 seats in first class and economy. The flights to Puerto Plata start 31 May on Mondays and Fridays, arriving from Madrid at 3:20pm and leaving POP at 4pm.
For more information, see http://www.airmadrid.com/index.do
Spring symphony concerts
The National Symphony Orchestra has announced outdoor concerts featuring music from the United States, Vienna, Austria and various Latin American countries. The first concert is slated for Friday, 16 April and will delight audiences with music from the US. The setting is the Plaza de Espana in front of the Columbus Alcazar in Colonial Santo Domingo as of 8pm. Alvaro Manzano will conduct the orchestra. Next, on Friday, 30 April, Carlos Piantini will conduct the orchestra for a performance at the gardens of the National Theater with music by Austrian composers. The third concert, to close the spring season, is scheduled for 25 June, returning to Plaza de Espana. This final concert will be conducted by Dante Cucurullo and will feature “melodies from our Americas,” with music by Luis Alberti, Antonio Lora, and Rafael Landestoy, among others.
DR advances in Davis Cup
The Dominican Republic advanced in the Davis Cup Americas Zone Group II Second Round. The Dominican team defeated their Uruguayan counterparts 4-1 in the event held at the Santo Domingo Centro Nacional de Tenis facility.
Results were:
Victor Estrella (DOM) d Pablo Cuevas (URU) 64-63-75
Johnson Garcia (DOM) d Marcel Felder (URU) 75-64-75
Victor Estrella/Johnson Garcia (DOM) d. Marcel Felder/Ricciardi Augusto (URU) 36-26-63-75-64
Michael-Ray Pallares (DOM) d. Federico Sansonetti (URU) 63-63
Pablo Cuevas (URU) d. Federico Rodriguez (DOM) 63-16-63
The Dominican team has earned the right to play next against Mexico, whose team similarly advanced by defeating Bahamas.
See http://www.daviscup.com/results/am2.asp
Dominican stars in the Major League Baseball
The DR will be in the limelight in the US sports media as fans follow the athletic feats of the Dominicans who will be pulling in US$225 million in collective yearly wages from Major League Baseball teams. Topping the list is US$21.7 million-making Alex Rodriguez, born in the US to Dominican parents, who this year plays for the New York Yankees. Next in line is Dominican-born Manny Ramirez of the Boston Red Sox, who now earns US$20.4 million, followed by Boston Red Sox star pitcher Pedro Martinez, with US$17.5 million; Sammy Sosa, Moises Alou, and Aramis Ramirez of the Chicago Cubs with US$16.8 million, US$9.5 million, and US$6 million, respectively; Bartolo Colon and Vladimir Guerrero with the Anaheim Angels making US$11 million each; Alberto Pujols with the Seattle Mariners, making US$7 million; and Alfonso Soriano with the Texas Rangers, pulling in US$5.4 million.

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