March 8, 2005
  • First Certified Environmental Manager
  • NYT Foundation course on environment
  • Miller Grand-AM Cup
  • Still chance to catch carnival
  • DATE 2005 in Santo Domingo
First Certified Environmental Manager
The Caribbean Hotel Association proudly announces the region has its first certified environmental manager – Dominican Geraldin Galva. Galva studies Hospitality Management at Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre & Maestra (PUCMM) in Santo Domingo. He was a recipient of the Caribbean Hotel Foundation (CHF) scholarship. Galva said that the certification process had widened his knowledge of environmental issues in the hospitality industry and allowed him to learn and appreciate the environmental practices implemented throughout the Caribbean.
"After five years working in the tourism industry, I realize that everything heavily depends on the environment - and it is the key to deliver in a sustainable manner the experience that the visitor is truly looking for," he said.
The Caribbean Hotel Association's Caribcert program is specialized for individuals and organizations in the hospitality industry. Galva now looks to take his certification a step further with a Master's degree in Strategic Marketing and Quality. His feet firmly planted on the ground, he has expressed his wish to help achieve the sustainability of Caribbean tourism, from a position in the industry where he could effectively apply his knowledge "as long as it is beneficial to society and the environment," he specified.
Deirdre Shurland, director of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST), CHA's environmental subsidiary adds: "We are pleased to see the coming together of environmental management training in the Caribbean and hope that many young people will follow this path." With double the number of Green Globe 21 certified properties in the Caribbean since last year, the environmental management certification is expected to pick up speed.
For more information on the scholarship, see
The deadline to apply is March 15, 2005.
NYT Foundation course on environment
A dozen experienced journalists from around the United States will focus on environmental threats during a week immersion course sponsored by the New York Times Company Foundation. The immersion course will use lectures, workshops, discussion and fieldwork in the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) to present the latest information about the impact of environmental change on global warming, drinking water, fisheries, emerging infectious diseases and local economies. Directed by the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, the institute will explore the increasing vulnerability to tsunamis and other environmental catastrophes. The program seeks to explain matters such as why: Forests and coral reefs disappear. Ground water retreats. Diseases jump from other species to our own. Animal and plant species change their ranges. The course is one of six on complex subjects of rising importance to the press and public.
The DR course on Environmental Threats: Water, Weather and Health takes place the week of 13 March.
Miller Grand-AM Cup
The Miller Grand-Am Cup will be held on the outskirts of Santo Domingo this coming 12-13 March. Speed racers from the United States, Canada, Europe and some Dominicans will participate. 20 teams and 35 cars, and some 100 drivers are expected. This is part of the 2005 circuit that races in the United States. The event is sponsored by Cerveceria Nacional Dominicana, distributor of Miller beer in the DR. The GS competition is a track of 250 miles and three hours duration, with Grand Sport vehicles with motors of 400 and 450 horse power. Vehicles competing will be BMW M3, Ford Mustang, Cadillac, Pontiac Firebird, GTO, Porsche 996 and Nissan 350Z. Event will take place at the Las Americas Race Track that has normal capacity for 4,000 persons. The track's capacity will be increased to 15,000 for the event. The event is organized by the Grand American Road Racing Association.
Still chance to catch carnival
After the mega parade that took place in Santo Domingo on Sunday, 6 March, carnival celebrations continue nationwide. The next parade of the best of carnival is scheduled for centrally located Bonao on 13 March. For more on upcoming events, see
DATE 2005 in Santo Domingo
Registration and welcome events are scheduled for Wednesday, 6 April, and appointments, press conferences are planned for Tuesday, 7 April and Friday, 8 April at the Hotel V Centenario Intercontinental. The president of the Association of Hotels of Santo Domingo, Roberto Henriquez forecasts the event will contribute to the promotion of the city of Santo Domingo as a tourism destination. The Dominican Annual Travel Exchange (DATE) is the year’s premier event for booking Dominican hotels. For more information, see

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