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February 14, 2006
  • Tourists from Italy
  • Caribbean Sun to fly to DR
  • DATE at the new Paradisus Palma Real
  • Cabarete beach events
Tourists from Italy
Italian arrivals to the Dominican Republic in 2005 were 133,954 with an 8% increase over the total for 2004, but still below the peak of 135,539 arrivals during 1999, 135,339 in 2000 and 135,293 in 2003. Arrivals to La Romana, where Italian-owned resorts such as Viva Wyndham Resorts and Gran Dominicus are located, made for 53.6% of total Italian arrivals, which increased by 36% last year. Arrivals to Las Americas International Airport (Santo Domingo) made up 25% of total arrivals, and were up by 9.5% last year.
Arrivals to Punta Cana International Airport, although comprising 16.7% of total arrivals, were down by 30.6% last year. This is probably because Punta Cana handled an unusually high number of arrivals headed for Dominicus beaches in La Romana in 2004, due to the problems with the Chavon bridge, following Hurricane Jeanne.
Traffic to Puerto Plata, which makes up about 4% of total Italian tourist arrivals, was down in 2005 compared to 2004, with a significant 28.5% drop.
Travel to the DR in 2005 includes thousands of tourists that were rerouted to Dominican beach destinations when Cancun hotels were damaged due to Hurricane Wilma.
Caribbean Sun to fly to DR
Caribbean Sun airlines, owned by Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford, has applied for permission to initiate services from San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin Airport to Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo. The new route would provide some competition to the American Eagle and American Airlines dominated 40-minute trek over the Mona Channel. Up till now, the route has been one of the most expensive in the world because of the demand and lack of competition. Fares can be as high as US$500 for the short trip, and are usually around US$300.
DATE at the new Paradisus Palma Real
The Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange will take place this year at the new Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from 5 to 7 April. DATE brings together international wholesalers, tour operators, incentive groups, airlines and charter operators, the buyers that meet and conduct business with the country's leading tourism suppliers. It is also a prime time to make announcements to the press during the scheduled press conference sessions. DATE is organized by the National Association of Hotel & Restaurants (Asonahores).
Those attending will get a glimpse at Sol Melia's new Paradisus Palma Real, an all-inclusive luxury hotel, built next door to the Melia Caribe Tropical, with 600 rooms, including 102 suites, and two presidential suites that have been set apart for even more luxury, with the personalized royal service program. Also on the premises is a 2,625 square meter spa. DATE is one of the first events to test the hotel's new meetings facilities and 3,800-square meter hall in addition to other smaller halls. The banquet facilities can serve up to 1,000 persons for dinner.
See http://dr1.com/directories/hotels/paradisus_palma_real.shtml
Cabarete beach events
The Association of Hotels and Restaurants of Sosua and Cabarete has just announced the dates for Cabarete's annual sandcastle contest and the Kiteboarding World Cup. The sandcastle event that features competitions for children and adults on Cabarete beach will take place on 3-5 March this year, and the PKRA competition is scheduled for 7-11 June. These come on the heels of the Master of the Ocean event that combines windsurf, kitesurf and surfing competitions, which will be held on 22-28 February at Cabarete beach. To book accommodation, see http://dr1.com/directories/index.shtml#Hotels_Resorts
Also see http://dr1.com/travel/cabarete/ for more information on Cabarete.

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