January 4, 2005
  • New radar in Punta Cana
  • Mangu, new in Playa Dorada
  • 2005 holidays
  • Baseball playoffs
New radar in Punta Cana
Ambassador of France Jean-Claude Moyret, designer Oscar de la Renta, President Leonel Fernandez, president of the Punta Cana Group Frank Rainieri, Public Works Minister Freddy Perez, Civil Aviation Board director Norge Botello, among others, attended the inaugural of the US$6.9 million air traffic management system at the Punta Cana International Airport last week. The new Thales radar system will enable them to monitor all authorized and non-authorized flights over national territory. It will be most useful, though, in assisting landings at the Punta Cana International Airport. Frank Rainieri explained that the new system ensures that airplanes can land safely on the minute at the airport. This also translates into considerable savings for the airlines flying into the Punta Cana airport.
The system comprises a radar station equipped with a STAR 2000 S-band solid-state approach primary radar co-mounted with a monopulse secondary surveillance radar RSM 970 S (Mode S capability) and an air traffic control center. The Punta Cana international airport caters to over 250 weekly flights to the Dominican Republic during the busy winter tourist season. Thus the new ATM system reinforces the Punta Cana’s air traffic security while further enhancing the country’s tourist industry.
A new RD$25 million two-floor building for the specialized airport security corps was also officially inaugurated. It has capacity to lodge 126 military.
Mangu, new in Playa Dorada
The nights of Playa Dorada have a new option -- Mangu discotheque. The concept has proven very successful in Punta Cana since it opened three years ago at the Occidental Flamenco resort. Now Occidental hotel chain has replicated the concept, opening the northern version at the Occidental Allegro Jack Tar Village. Pablo Diaz, marketing director for Occidental describes Mangu as a disco-bar. The disco is located adjacent to the Jack Tar Village casino. The Playa Dorada Mangu has capacity for 500 persons. Bachata, salsa, merengue can be heard side by side with the top 40 hits. Mangu’s success is in its animation team, where clowns, magicians and even robots appear from nowhere and everywhere to ensure a fun evening for all.
2005 holidays
January is a month of many holidays starting from 1 January, New Year’s Day. Other January holidays are Epiphany Day, which will be celebrated on Monday, 10 January making for a long weekend. Our Lady of Altagracia Day, falls on Friday, 21 January, which makes for another long weekend. And then Duarte Day falls on a Wednesday, but will be celebrated on Monday, 24 January, so that those who can may enjoy a an extended long weekend. For more on holidays in 2005, see http://dr1.com/travel/prepare/holidays.shtml
Baseball playoffs
Those who enjoy good baseball now have the chance to watch some of the Dominican Major League players in action in the semifinals of the Dominican Winter Professional League. The January round robin taking place now is when Dominican Major League players reinforce their local team rosters, and when the local teams put out their best. See the surprising Gigantes go against the dream team of Major Leaguers assembled for the Licey. Watch Miguel Tejada go to bat for the Aguilas Cibaenas. For the schedule of the round robin games, see http://www.dr1.com/news/2005/010405_playoffs2005.shtml

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