March 22, 2005
  • Easter vacation time
  • No room at the inn?
  • New art for the Malecon
  • Sweet beans
  • Time for DATE
Easter vacation time
The chaotic traffic of Santo Domingo has quieted down with schools closing for the Easter holidays as of Friday, 18 March. Thousands have exited to internal towns and resort areas, and others are just staying home watching TV. Those remaining in Santo Domingo, could tour the Colonial City churches (Cathedral, Convento de los Dominicos, Mercedes, Carmen, San Miguel, La Altagracia and Santa Barbara). The Cathedral of Santo Domingo has scheduled a choral concert of religious music on 8 pm of Friday, 25 March.
No room at the inn?
The Dominican Republic has become a very important option for those considering a vacation of hot sun and beautiful beaches. In the face of this reality, Dominicans who are thinking of spending the Easter Week holidays at the beach will face a reality: Only 10% of the rooms has been allotted this year for domestic tourism despite traditionally between 30% and 25% of the rooms are used by local tourists. This year there is a 90% occupation by foreigners since the holidays are falling during the peak of the tourism season. The president of ASONAHORES, Enrique de Marchena Kaluche said that usually Easter falls in April, when the season slacks off and prices for local travelers are better. Some of the coastal areas only have 5% of their rooms reserved for local tourism. The costs have certainly gone up, with the average price per person at an A-1 resort at RD$3,000.
New art for the Malecon
Jorge Severino was entrusted with the new cover of the Santo Domingo obelisk. He follows in the footsteps of Amaya Salazar and her tribute to the Mirabal Sisters. The obelisk is sponsored by Verizon, which chose Candido Bido to paint the first work of art in 1995, a tribute to the doves of the city of Santo Domingo. Other works was Elsa Nunez’s Las Mariposas, also a tribute to the Mirabal sisters.
Sweet beans
Those in the Dominican Republic for Easter should try to taste “Habichuelas con Dulce,” a desert that everyone seems to agree is strictly Dominican. The desert is an Easter tradition. Dominican Cooking website offers the recipe, but Helados Bon also sells a seasonal ice cream based on the desert.
Time for DATE
Santo Domingo will be donning its best gala to host around 300 major tour operators and travel press traveling to the city for the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE 2005). The hotel booking event will take place 6-8 April at the Hotel V Centenario. The Association of Hotels of Santo Domingo, and the Association of Hotels & Restaurants (Asonahores) are organizing the event. DATE opens on Wednesday, 6 April with an evening of the arts set within the gardens of the National Theater. Dinner under the stars seeks to introduce the VIP visitors to Dominican gastronomy, one of the high points when selling Santo Domingo. On Thursday, 7 April the city has planned a Dominican Night for the Ozama Fort grounds, with folklore, and carnival presentations from all around the country.
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