October 19, 2004
  • Features on Punta Cana win prizes
  • Traffic back over Chavon River
  • Baseball starts 22 October
  • Jazz Festival in Puerto Plata
  • DR1 Hotel Directory Pages
Features on Punta Cana win prizes
Two feature stories on Punta Cana won awards during the 2nd Annual Worldwide Travel Writer/Photographer Awards Contest sponsored by the Caribbean Tourism Organization. CTO announced the winners today during the 27th Caribbean Tourism Conference held in Aruba.
Ron Cobb of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch won the “Best Feature Article in a Consumer Publication” for his article: “Punta Cana Puts it all Together.
And Theresa Schadeck-Storm won the “Bill Baxter Canadian Travel Writer of the Year for her article: “Beyond the Beach: Nature Thrills in Punta Cana”.
Traffic back over Chavon River
The construction of a provisional causeway over the Chavon River represents good news for drivers and signifies the return to normalcy in the eastern region of the country. The bridge that originally spanned the Chavon River crossing collapsed on 16 September due to the excess waters delivered by Hurricane Jeanne. Since that time the easterly flow of traffic from La Romana city to Bayahibe and Punta Cana was seriously hindered, as was traffic from Punta Cana in the other direction. The Ministry of Public Works, in conjunction with the Central Romana company, built the causeway to ease traffic delays over the Chavon River. This eliminated the ordeal of the alternate detour and the business of the ferry that conveyed cars over the river for several weeks, prompting long lineups and a RD$500 fee.
The restoration of the bridge enables those arriving by way of the La Romana International Airport to travel easily to the Bayahibe or Punta Cana areas. It also enables tourists staying in Punta Cana and Bayahibe/Dominicus areas to visit La Romana's attractions, such as Altos de Chavon.
Baseball starts 22 October
It's baseball time in the Dominican Republic with the start of the Professional Baseball League Winter Championship on Friday, 22 October in Santo Domingo, San Francisco de Macoris and San Pedro de Macoris stadiums. The opening game for Santo Domingo's Quisqueya Ball Park has the Licey facing Escogido. In San Pedro de Macoris, it is the Estrellas Orientales against the Toros del Este. And in San Francisco de Macoris, the showdown will be between the Aguilas Cibaenas and the Gigantes del Cibao. Winter Baseball, especially the playoffs, is a time to see the Dominican Major League players in action. For instance, the same David Ortiz that has kept the Boston Red Sox in the semi-finals of U.S. baseball, was key to the Dominican Republic winning last year's Caribbean championship.
Jazz Festival in Puerto Plata
The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival runs Friday, 22 October through 24 October in the towns of Puerto Plata, Cabarete and Sosua. Puerto Rican flautist Nestor Torres will be playing in Puerto Plata this year, as well as the US’s Steve Khan and Dominicans Guarionex Aquino, Sandy Gabriel, Felle Vega and Patricia Pereyra. The festival’s program opens on Friday, 22 October with a 9pm concert that will be open to the public at Puerto Plata’s Central Park and will feature Puerto Ricans Paoli Mejia and Ramon Vasquez, and the world-renowned jazz guitarist Steve Khan. The Dominican Republic will be represented by the Puerto Plata Jazz Ensemble.
The party continues on Saturday, 23 October at 9pm with a special concert featuring Nestor Torres at the Casa Marina Reef’s amphitheater in Sosua. In addition to Torres, the program will include the performance of the Danzas Mezcladas orchestra, conducted by Dominican percussionist Felle Vega. Those attending will also be able to enjoy the magical sounds of Dominican percussionist Guarionex Aquino. The entrance fee for this concert is RD$300 and tickets can be purchased directly at the amphitheater’s entrance.
The DR Jazz Festival closes on Sunday, 24 October at Sea Horse Ranch with an improvised jazz session at 5pm featuring local blues singer Patricia Pereyra and the Oscar Micheli Trio.
See http://www.drjazzfestival.com/2004/english-calendar.html
DR1 Hotel Directory Pages
The importance of the DR1 Directory Pages became even more apparent in recent days, as tourists tried to contact hotels directly to check the status of their bookings following September’s Hurricane Jeanne. Likewise, the hotel directory pages are of the utmost use to those tourists who need to verify their reservations this fall. Readers do not need to know the precise address or location of their hotel, they just need to remember the dr1.com address. The hotels are easily browsed through the DR1 Hotel Directory link on the home page, or http://dr1.com/directories/
A project that was begun this year, the DR1 Hotel Directory Pages already feature a large and growing sampling of choice accommodations. The listings provide photos and descriptions of the hotel properties that give potential visitors a very good idea of what to expect, in addition to direct contact information.
The chain hotels listed include Sol Melia properties, Breezes, Barcelo, Occidental, LTI, Coral by Hilton, Hilton, Clarion, Viva Wyndham, Sofitel, Marriott and Hodelpa, among others. Smaller hotels are also listed, such as Natura Cabanas, Villa Taina, Hideaway, La Catalina, Antiguo Hotel Europa, Napolitano, Naco and the Santana Beach Resort. There are hotels in Santo Domingo, Santiago, La Romana, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, Playa Grande, Boca Chica, Juan Dolio and even Bonao.
The DR1 Hotel Directory Page section is handled by Evelyn Paiewonsky, a former international director of the National Hotel & Restaurant Association who personally assists hotels in adding their property to the most comprehensive portal for information on the Dominican Republic, DR1. For more information, contact Evelyn at [email protected]

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