June 1, 2004
  • Miss Universe 2004
  • Flooding has no effect on travel destinations
  • Cigars, a fresh economic breeze
  • Kiteboarding in Cabarete
Miss Universe 2004
Dominican Amelia Vega, Miss Universe 2003, will be crowning her successor Tuesday night, ending a very successful year as the first Dominican Miss Universe. The competition will take place in Quito, Ecuador. Those who have access to cable TV or satellite TV can follow the event on NBC from 8 pm on Tuesday, 1 June.
Amelia Vega has announced that once her commitments with Miss Universe end, she takes on a new challenge. Under the wing of Emilio Estefan, husband to Latin pop artist Gloria Estefan, she begins her career as an international pop artist. Her coach in this effort is her uncle, the legendary Latin American music composer and performer, Juan Luis Guerra. Her productions will be launched under Full Moon, one of Estefan’s companies. For more information, see:
http://www.nbc.com/nbc/Miss_Universe_2004/ or http://www.missuniverse.com.
Flooding has no effect on travel destinations
The rainfalls that caused the flooding in the inland town of Jimani, on the border with Haiti, and flooding along the inland Yuna River in the northeast of the country had no effect on the coastal travel destinations of the Dominican Republic. The worst flooding, causing hundreds of deaths, occurred on the border with Haiti and was caused by the deforestation in Haiti. When the extraordinary amount of rainfall fell over a four-day period, there were no roots of trees to contain the waters of the rivers that began in Haiti, and these returned to their original course, flooding into the Dominican Republic. Towns that had been built on the course of the dried up rivers suffered major mudslides on the tragic early morning of Monday, 23 May.
All the news coverage of the tragic Jimani floodings has caused major concern among those who had planned to travel to the Dominican Republic.
The popular travel destinations in the Dominican Republic are located on the north, northeast, southeast and east coasts of the country.
The reality is that everything continued to be normal in all other areas of the Dominican Republic, and those traveling to tourist destinations in Puerto Plata, Playa Dorada, Sosua and Cabarete in Puerto Plata, or La Romana, Bayahibe, Punta Cana and Bavaro in the East, or Juan Dolio and Boca Chica, or even Santo Domingo, the capital city, will find business as usual in these areas.
Recent weather reports over the weekend have been good.
To follow the weather, see http://www.dr1.com/travel/expect/weather.shtml.
Cigars, a fresh economic breeze
Fausto Adames, writing in the economic section of Hoy newspaper, reports that despite the fall in exports and the smaller local crop, local cigar manufacturers are maintaining their foothold in the world market. Contrary to the trends in bulk tobacco exports and tobacco harvesting, the cigar manufacturers are claiming that the rise in international cigar prices has softened the loss of 28% sales volume over the past two years. A renewed interest in cigars has spurred production in the main cigar manufacturing centers of Santiago and La Romana. Dominican cigars have conquered 60% of the cigar market in the United States and are making serious inroads in Europe, especially Switzerland. The most recent figures indicate more than 250 million cigars exported, and this is only part of the overall tobacco export that includes baled tobacco and moves between US$200-US$300 million in the Dominican economy.
Kiteboarding in Cabarete
Some of the world’s best kiteboarders will be in Cabarete for the Bestkiteboarding World Cup that will take place 14-20 June. The event is part of the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association circuit and there will be US$36,000 in prize money, and the Bestkiteboard.com cup. Making matters better, nightly evening parties are planned along the Cabarete strip. Steve Santagati, host of the US television program, Bachelorrette, will be the event’s announcer. Some 70 men have registered, and 25 female athletes. Competitors are expected from Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Denmark, Switzerland, Brazil, the US, Sweden, France, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Jamaica, Mexico, Spain, Japan, Russia, Guadaloupe, Martinique, Argentina, Germany, Polland, Canada, India and the Dominican Republic. The top 24 world-ranked competitors are expected. There will be two days of qualifying rounds.
Xiomara Desimone, speaking for the Sosua and Cabarete hotels and restaurants said the event will be televised and should reach an audience of 300,000 fans worldwide.
This is the third year of the event. Previous competitions were held in Austria and Belgium. Lorenzo Sancassani, president of the organizing committee for the event, said that Cabarete is world known as one of the coastal areas with the best conditions to practice this sport. He forecast the weather conditions will lead to a spectacle of astonishing tricks and prowess shown by the competitors. For options of where to stay in Cabarete on occasion of the tournament, see
Options for where to stay when coming for the event check out:
Hideaway Beach Resort or the DR1 Hotel Directory

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