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March 28, 2006
  • Wireless Internet at airports
  • US$5 million more for foreign promotion
  • Laser Cup Las Terrenas 2006
  • Surinam air connection
Wireless Internet at airports
The Dominican Institute of Telecommunications (Indotel) and the Airport Department, two government bodies, have agreed to install free wireless Internet service at eight of the country's airports. Jose Rafael Vargas signed the agreement for Indotel, and Andres Van der Horst for the Airport Department. The installation of free Internet access is planned for the Las Americas, Cibao, La Romana, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, Barahona, La Isabela and Samana international airports. The first airport to offer the service will be Las Americas International Airport, the main airport serving Santo Domingo. Installation of the service is reportedly going to be started immediately.
US$5 million more for foreign promotion
Tourism Minister Felix Jimenez, who accompanied President Leonel Fernandez on his visit to London, announced that the President has allocated an additional US$5 million this year for international promotion of the Dominican Republic as a tourist destination. He said this would bring the budget for international promotion to US$27 million this year. According to the minister, the additional funding comes after President Fernandez met with British investors and tour operators. "This will make it possible for us to run a more aggressive campaign," said Fernandez. Of the US$5 million, he said that US$3.5 million would be used for promotion in the United States and Canada, and the remaining US$1.5 would be allotted to promotions in Europe and Latin America.
Laser Cup Las Terrenas 2006
Samana hosted the most important laser sailing event since the Pan American Games in 2003 at Las Terrenas beach last week. Twenty competitors from eight countries took part in the event organized by the Dominican Sailing Federation. Canadian Bernard Luttmer won in the laser standard category, followed by competitors Gustavo Lima from Portugal, Brad Funk from the United States, Alejandro Foglia (Uruguay), Diego Romero (Argentina), Karl James (Antigua), Ernesto Rodriguez (United States) and Raul Aguayo (Dominican Republic). In the Laser Radial category, Canadian Keamia Rasa was first, followed by Andres Villanueva and Franco Villanueva (Puerto Rico and Dominicans Sebastian Mera and Andres Castillo. The level of competitors in the event was said to be outstandingly high. Lima is a former 2003 world champion, ranked 6th in the world by the International Sailing Federation. Luttmer came second in the North American Laser Championship in 2005 and is ranked 10th in the world. Diego Romero is seven times Argentinian national champion, and was gold medalist in the South American Games in 2002, and second place in the world laser championship in 2005 and is ranked 14th in the world. Raul Aguayo is a bronze medalist from the 2003 Pan-American Games.
Surinam air connection
Starting Tuesday, 4 April, Surinam Airways will provide an additional link from the Dominican Republic to the southern Caribbean and South America. The airline will begin direct flights to Curacao, the first stop in a flight that continues on to Port of Spain (POS) and Paramaribo (PBM), the capital of Surinam. Fares are US$180 round trip plus taxes and airport charges.
Surinam Airways is represented in the country by General Air Services. Gustavo de Hostos, president of General Air Services, pointed out that the route makes an important contribution to regional integration. The flight is timely for Dominicans seeking to export to Curacao, Trinidad and Surinam.
Speaking at a breakfast where the flight was announced to travel agents, Eric Klooster, Curacao Tourism Development Bureau (CTDB) marketing manager for the Caribbean and Central America predicted that the route would be a success, because Curacao is a favorite with Dominican shoppers.
The Santo Domingo (SDQ) to Curacao (CUR) flight will depart Santo Domingo on Tuesdays and Fridays at 2:30 pm and arrives at Curacao at 4 pm. For more information, call 809 621-7777, or contact Lydia Baez at [email protected]

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