March 15, 2005
  • DR at ITB Berlin
  • CTO on German market
  • Dominicans get Billboard nominations
  • Tall ships coming to the DR
DR at ITB Berlin
Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit visited the Dominican stand at the world’s largest travel fair, ITB in Berlin, Germany. Wowereit told Minister of Tourism Felix Jimenez, who presided over the stand, that he would visit the Dominican Republic in the near future. The Ministry of Tourism reported that 15 hotel chains and 10 tour operator companies were part of the Dominican 300-square meter stand in Berlin from 11 to 15 March.
A Dominican night and a gala dinner at Hotel Palace Berlin were held, in addition to a press conference.
Last year some 233,090 German tourists visited, according to the Ministry of Tourism. The Ministry expects more to come this year.
CTO on German market
The Caribbean Tourism Organization describes the German market as the largest outbound market in the world. This is so because Germans are entitled to at least five weeks of annual holiday. Julia Hendry, director of marketing for the CTO in the UK and Europe says that there is terrific potential for the Caribbean to take a bigger share of this enormous outbound market, particularly with the current strength of the euro against the dollar.
“In a strong, vertically integrated market, packages to Cuba and the Dominican Republic do extremely well but we need to encourage a wider spread of business to the region,” said Hendry. CTO hosted a Karibik Forum that brought together expert speakers to explore new paths to the Caribbean and focus on the diversity of the entire region.
The ITB Berlin was expected to attract over 10,000 exhibitors from 180 countries, 6,700 journalists from 84 countries, and over 140,000 visitors of which more than 75,000 are trade.
Dominicans get Billboard nominations
Juan Luis Guerra has been nominated to several awards in the Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards, now in its 16th year, that will take place 25-28 April in Miami. The conference is attended by over 1,000 sponsors, press and powerful music industry executives, and includes showcase performances by over 20 artists, panel discussions on important industry issues, and many other fun-filled festivities.
Juan Luis Guerra is nominated to the Tropical Album of the Year, Male for his "Para Ti" (Vene/Universal Latino); Tropical Airplay Track Of The Year, Male for his "Las Avispas (Vene/Universal Latino); and Latin Christian/Gospel Album Of The Year for his "Para Ti" (Vene/Universal Latino).
Others Dominicans that were nominated are: Los Toros Band (Tropical Airplay Track Of The Year, Duo or Group for “Si Tu Estuvieras”); Monchy & Alexandra (Tropical Airplay Track Of The Year, Duo Or Group: Group for “Perdidos” and Tropical Album Of The Year, Duo or Group for “Hasta El Fin”), Aventura (Tropical Album Of The Year, Duo or Group: "Love & Hate"), Domenic Marte (Tropical Airplay Track Of The Year, New Artist for “Ven Tu”), and J&N Records (Tropical Airplay Label Of The Year for “Ven Tu” sung by Domenic Marte.
Tall ships coming to the DR
Americas’ Sail, the Western Hemisphere’s spectacular tall ship event, is coming to the Dominican Republic next year. Santo Domingo and La Romana have been chosen as ports of call for the A-Class Race for the Americas’ Sail Gold Trophy. A-Class ships are large schooners with more than three masts usually used for naval training.
Sail America 2006 will be making a stopover at the Marina de Casa de Campo in La Romana and at the Port of Santo Domingo in mid June. During a maritime festival planned for the occasion in Santo Domingo, the winning ship will receive the Americas Sail 2006 cup. From Santo Domingo, the ships will leave for Beaufort, North Carolina, for the Class B (smaller two mast ships) race will take place.
Sail America 2006 begins with a week long Fortaleza Sail Festival in Brazil (27 May-3 June). The Class A ships race to the Dominican Republic on 4 June with scheduled arrival at Casa de Campo Marina on 14-15 June. On 17 June, a Parade of Sail will follow to Santo Domingo. From 17-19 June, a Santo Domingo Sail Festival will take place. On 18 June, the Class A Trophy presentation will be held.
Americas’ Sail started in 1988 as an ongoing opportunity for the western hemisphere to entertain the world at an event that encourages international sailing competition and promotes the brotherhood of the sea.
In the Dominican Republic, the event is organized by the Dominican Naval League and the Marina de Casa de Campo.

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