June 15, 2004
  • Summer vacations
  • Music at the river
  • Michel Camilo is big on US radio
  • JetBlue flies to the DR
  • Asonahores releases stats
Summer vacations
The National Hotel & Restaurant Association celebrates its annual summer fair at the Jaragua Hotel’s Salon La Fiesta. If you are a resident of the DR, this is the time to find out about special deals at the hotels and finance your summer vacation. The event will be open from 9am until 10pm from Thursday, 17 June to Saturday, 19 June. For more information on the hotel and its location, see
Music at the river
Plaza Marina Bartolome Colon, the marina located on the eastern bank of the Ozama River, will host the Miss Playa Sur 2004 pageant and the presentation of various musical groups, including Amarfis (merengue), Aljadaqui (Latin rock), Shido and Nux. The event will take place on Saturday, 19 June as of 6 pm – expect a lovely setting at sundown.
Michel Camilo is big on US radio
Latin jazz pianist and composer Michel Camilo, of the Dominican Republic, was named “Artist of the Year” at the annual JazzWeek Awards held Saturday, June 5 in Rochester, New York. JazzWeek is a national radio airplay chart that provides a weekly report of the top 50 Jazz and Smooth Jazz recordings played on radio stations across the United States and Canada. At this year’s second annual JazzWeek Summit, more than 400 jazz radio programmers from throughout North America voted on nominees in 13 categories. Camilo said his JazzWeek award arrives during “one of the most exciting years of my career.” In February, Camilo’s “Live at the Blue Note” (Telarc) won the GRAMMY® for Best Latin Jazz Album.
This summer, Camilo will tour to support “Live at the Blue Note,” including high-profile performances at jazz festivals in the US, Canada and Europe. Highlights will include the Playboy Jazz Festival, the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, and the North Sea Jazz Festival, in addition to the major festivals in Italy, Spain and France. The complete Michel Camilo tour listing is on the web at http://www.michelcamilo.com
JetBlue flies to the DR
JetBlue Airways began flying to the Dominican Republic, on Thursday, 10 June with service to Santiago, in the central part of the Dominican Republic. The carrier will provide two flights a day from JFK to Santiago (at 6:50am and 2:20am). Santiago flights to JFK will leave at 9:45pm and 11:25am.
"We're very excited to bring the JetBlue experience to the Dominican Republic," said David Neeleman, CEO of the airline.
"Dominican Republic travelers to Santiago will now be able to experience new planes, low fares, a 34-inch seat pitch for most seats, and award-winning, friendly service when flying to and from the Dominican Republic."
The airline has opened airport ticket offices both at the Santiago Cibao International Airport and at the Santo Domingo Las Americas International Airport. JetBlue will commence flights from Las Americas to JFK this coming Thursday, 17 June. JetBlue’s daily flight from NY to SD will depart at 9:05pm. The flight from SDQ to JFK will depart at 1:50am.
JetBlue kicked off the flight with a special US$99 fare each way (must be purchased by 17 June and does not include taxes or airport charges) for tickets booked at JetBlue’s website at www.jetblue.com or by calling 1-800JETBZLUE, or 1-888-751-2241 if calling from the DR. Or for more information, click on the banner appearing at http://www.dr1.com
If the banner does not come up immediately, just refresh the page until it sets in.
Asonahores releases stats
The National Hotel & Restaurant Association released its compilation of Dominican Republic travel statistics for 2002 (including summary for years 2000 and 2001) and 2003. The compilations are sponsored by the Banco de Progreso/American Express. To request a copy, contact Julio Moya at 809 540-4676 Ext. 233 or email [email protected]

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