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June 7, 2005
  • Air Canada to fly to SDQ
  • Travel from Canada up
  • Santo Domingo City Council
  • Puerto Plata Expo Cultural
Air Canada to fly to SDQ
Air Canada announced that it plans to introduce non-stop service to Santo Domingo via Toronto beginning 3 November. Duncan Dee, senior vice president responsible for Air Canada’s corporate affairs, made the announcement in the presence of President Leonel Fernandez who was in Montreal last week for the International Economic Forum conference. President Fernandez commented that the new air-only service gives business travelers and freight forwarders direct access to this important market on a year-round basis.
The addition of three weekly flights to the Dominican Republic capital increases Air Canada's service to as many as 21 weekly non-stop flights to the Caribbean nation from cities across Canada. Air Canada's new Santo Domingo flights are scheduled to operate three times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Air Canada flight AC976 will leave Toronto at 13:05, arriving in Santo Domingo at 18:10, and flight AC977 will leave Santo Domingo at 19:00 arriving in Toronto at 22:35.
In addition to the new service to Santo Domingo, Air Canada operates non-stop flights to Puerto Plata and Punta Cana from cities across Canada: Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, London Ontario, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton and Halifax. Canada's flag carrier is the 14th largest commercial airline in the world and serves more than 29 million customers annually.
Consumers in Canada recently named Air Canada Vacations, the wholesaler affiliate of Air Canada, as the top travel wholesaler in Canada, winner of the 2005 Consumers Choice Award for Business Excellence in the category of travel wholesaler in Montreal and Ottawa-Gatineau. Winners of the CCA are determined by consumers through an objective, independent survey conducted in January 2005 by Leger Marketing-Member Gallup International Association.
The tour operator had already increased its flights to the DR. From four flights a week in 2002, Air Canada increased to 16 flights per week to the tourism airports of Punta Cana, La Romana and Puerto Plata.
Travel from Canada up
The DR is the 6th preferred Canadian outbound destination with 526 thousand overnight visits in 2004. After the United States, the United Kingdom leads in overnight visits with 753 thousand, followed by Mexico, France and Cuba, according to Statistics Canada.
Statistics Canada, in with the 2004 results, indicates that last year 13% more Canadians traveled to overseas countries than ever before. While most chose Europe, many were opting for a vacation in the Caribbean. Canadian residents took a record high of more than 5.7 million trips to countries other than the US, spending Canadian $ 8.8 billion in the process. The number of trips was 13.1% more than in 2003.
See http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/050527/d050527a.htm
Santo Domingo City Council
The Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Culture, the Municipality of Santo Domingo (AND) and the Santo Domingo Hotels Association announced the creation of the Santo Domingo City Council. The council’s role is to promote and undertake development policies and tourism promotion for the City of Santo Domingo. Tourism Minister Felix Jimenez, city Mayor Roberto Salcedo, and the president of the Santo Domingo Hotels Association Roberto Henriquez Pereyra signed the inter-institutional agreement. Mayor Roberto Salcedo presides the council. The city government announced it would contribute RD$100,000 to the Santo Domingo Fiesta program coordinated by the Ministry of Tourism. The program brings live entertainment this spring and summer to the Colonial City area from Thursday to Sunday.
Puerto Plata Expo Cultural
Twenty-seven embassies have joined the ministries of Foreign Relations, Culture and Tourism for the hosting in Puerto Plata of ExpoMundo Cultural 2005, to be held in Puerto Plata city and Playa Dorada from 6 to 11 June. Clara Ines Chaves, event coordinator, describes the event as positioning Puerto Plata as the cultural capital of the country and the Caribbean during the event. The event is backed by the Association of Hotels of Playa Dorada.
Chaves says that the embassies are bringing the best of their countries to Puerto Plata – music, films, arts exhibitions. The goal is to strengthen the differentiated cultural aspects so as to set the Dominican Republic as host. She explained that the event will encompass all of the city of Puerto Plata – central park, Casa Cultural, the city government, Sociedad Cultural Renovacion, among other scenarios.
Clara Ines Chavez is director of public relations for the Playa Dorada Hotel Association. She first came to the DR as consul of Colombia. She is part of the foreign service of Colombia, but is on license.
See http://dr1.com/calendar/053105_expocultural.html to access the event’s schedule.

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