April 19, 2005
  • Book Fair is big entertainment
  • Hilton opening in May
  • Cibao to get a Courtyard Marriott
  • Impressive Dominican air photographs
Book Fair is big entertainment
The Ministry of Culture has lined up a major entertainment program for the celebration of the 2005 book fair. The book fair opens Thursday, 21 April and continues through Sunday, 1 May. This year’s fair is dedicated to Italy, but on the program is continuous live entertainment at the site of the fair that this year is spread throughout the Plaza de la Cultura. The Ministry of Culture is describing the event as the largest and most comprehensive artistic program ever to go simultaneously on stage. Five halls and five outdoor stages will be hosting performers in circus, dance, drama, jazz, fusion, folklore, choirs and children musical performances all throughout the extensive Plaza de la Cultura for the 10-day event.
Hilton opening in May
The 21-floor 228-room Hilton Santo Domingo will be receiving its first guests during the first weeks of May as it prepares for its first major conference with around 600 participants. The 30th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association with the theme of Caribbean Cooperation in the Age of Information Society will open the state of the art conference facilities of the city hotel. The conference is scheduled for 30 May to 4 June.
The hotel is tailored to the needs of the meetings and business traveler. All rooms come with high-speed Internet access, three telephones, including speaker phone, and two-line telephones with dataport and voicemail. The hotel offers a 453 m2 (4,644 sq. ft) Hilton Meetings complex complete with two boardrooms, five flexible meeting rooms and a fully-equipped business center with four PC stations, color photocopy facilities, secretarial services and high speed Internet access. Additionally, a 1,107 m2 (7,203 sq. ft) ballroom with a 700-person capacity (banquet style), a 216 m2 (2,312 sq. ft) junior ballroom and a 227 m2 (2,430 sq. ft) foyer bring the hotel’s total meetings space to nearly 1,600 m2 (17,000 sq ft). Boardrooms for small executive meetings of 8-22 are also available.
The Hilton Santo Domingo overlooks the Caribbean Sea from its vantage position on the Malecon, adjacent to the Malecon Center residential and commercial tower complex. This is Hilton Caribbean’s 14th property in the Caribbean and fifth in the Dominican Republic.
Giancarlo Goeta is director of sales, and Charles Muller is the hotel’s general manager.
For more information and contacts, see http://dr1.com/directories/hotels/hilton_santo_domingo.shtml
Cibao to get a Courtyard Marriott
Promoters of the 138-room Courtyard Mariott Santiago announce the opening of the city hotel for spring 2006. The five-storey hotel will serve guests from its location at Duarte Highway, only five kms from the Cibao International and nine kilometers from the city center. Promoters also expect to attract those headed to Moca (12 kms away) and La Vega (20 kms away). The hotel is located near the Metropolitan Hospital of Santiago, slated to be the most modern private hospital in the country and whose construction is far advanced.
The announcement of the spring 2006 opening is made by businessman Heriberto Hernandez, hotel operator Carlos del Pino and hotel architect Jose Ramon Martinez Gonzalez.
Heriberto Hernandez said they decided to go ahead with the project given the development of industry and commerce in the area, and the growing demand for hotel services. The new hotel seeks to serve the crews of airlines using the Cibao airport, serve as logistic support to the universities and business ventures in the area.
Visiting for the announcement is Manuel E. Ovies, vice president for the Caribbean and Mercosur countries for Marriott International. He highlighted that the Courtyard brand offers moderate prices making it especially attractive for convenience-seeking business and leisure travelers.
This would be the second Courtyard Marriott in the Dominican Republic. A first is located at Maximo Gomez in Santo Domingo. See http://www.dr1.com/directories/hotels/courtyard_santo_domingo.shtml
Impressive Dominican air photographs
Twenty Dominican photographs are part of photographer Yann Arthurs-Bertrand’s inspiring traveling “Earth from the Air” photography exhibition that will be shown in Santo Domingo from 22 April to 22 June at an outdoor gallery set up in the Independence Park in Colonial Santo Domingo. The Dominican photographs will be featured along with the stunning collection of aerial photographs from other parts of the world that illustrate the beauty and fragility of the natural world.
The French photographer flew over the Dominican Republic and Haiti from 19th to 23rd of February 2005.
It took him over 14 years of fieldwork, flying over 76 countries and 100,000 shots to capture the astonishing images. Each one tells a story of its own. The exhibition features a walk-on map of the world, so visitors can see where the photographs were taken, as well as jump from country to country.
See http://www.earthfromtheair.com/

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