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May 9, 2006
  • CTO expedites getting US passports
  • More American tourists in the DR
  • Training program in Bayahibe
  • Delta to fly to Puerto Plata
CTO expedites getting US passports
The Caribbean Tourism Organization has announced it is entering in partnership with the US Postal Service to promote US citizens getting their passports before the 31 December 2006 deadline. Americans will be able to apply for a US passport at select CTO-organized events. CTO announced that the alliance seeks to prevent prospective Caribbean vacations from being left stranded if the deadline is enforced. New US regulations require that all travelers entering or re-entering the US as from 31 December 2006 must be in possession of a valid passport.
"With the deadline fast approaching, we don't want to jeopardize the peak vacation season next winter when vacationers will not be allowed to re-enter the U.S. without a valid passport," says Hugh Riley, marketing director of CTO.
The USPS has been actively promoting their passport services around the country and will have application forms and a camera at the Caribbean Fair at the New York City South Street Seaport on 13 June 2006 to give US citizens seeking a U.S. passport the opportunity to do so without difficulty. Checks and money orders will be accepted on-site. The USPS will also promote their participation in these events to draw consumer attention as they alert prospective passport seekers to come and bring the relevant information needed to begin processing their passports. See http://usps.com/passport for information on documentation needed to take advantage of the CTO expedite processing facility.
More American tourists in the DR
Nearly 600,000 tourists from the United States visited the Dominican Republic in the first quarter of 2006. The flow of tourists from the US is experiencing an upswing. Of the 987,599 tourists who visited the DR in the first three months of the year, 55% were from the USA. The tourism authorities attribute the steady increase in American tourists to the advertising campaign currently under way in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Golf Magazine and other publications. This year saw an increase of 79,000 tourists compared to the 2005 figures, and represents a growth of 8.8%, perhaps one of the highest in the area. Officials from the Ministry of Tourism, as well as Enrique de Marchena Kaluche, the hotel association president, told El Caribe reporters that such good figures for the first quarter promise to make this an "excellent" year for the sector.
Training program in Bayahibe
The Romana-Bayahibe Hotel Association (RBHA) opened a high school and vocational center last week in the village of Bayahibe. The regional hoteliers received a US$100,000 contribution from the Tour Operators Initiative (TOI) and the Swiss Hotelplan company to carry out the project that overlooks the Bayahibe hotel and boating areas. The initiative sets an example for responsible corporate citizen cooperation between tour operators and the Dominican tourism industry.
The Ministry of Education has signed an agreement for continued support to the Technical Training Center of Bayahibe (Centro Formacion Tecnica de Bayahibe). The National Institute for Professional and Technical Training (INFOTEP) will be providing the technical courses at the schools. During the opening ceremony, Simon Suarez, president of RBHA highlighted the importance of the school that will bring technical training close to the local communities, whose members used to have to travel long distances. Students living in Bayahibe, Benerito, Villa Padre Nuestro and Mano Juan, plus hotel staff, previously had to travel to La Romana, about half an hour away for similar training.
Suarez highlighted that the school also seeks to encourage young people to set up micro-businesses aimed at the tourist market, as a way of contributing to the destination's competitiveness.
At the school's inauguration ceremony, Suarez also said that the region has been successful because of the hotel sector's commitment to its vision of incorporating the attractions in the Park of the East protected area with a sustainable tourism model.
At present, the Romana and Bayahibe Association is carrying out an Inter-American Development Bank project for sustainable tourism management in the Bayahibe area that seeks to integrate the community, with a focus on culture and the environment.
Members of the association are the Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach and Dominicus Palace, Ventaclub Gran Dominicus, Sunscape Casa del Mar, Coral by Hilton Canoa, and Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus.
Delta to fly to Puerto Plata
As from 15 December 2006, Delta Air Lines is adding an Atlanta-Puerto Plata connection. The airline announced that the flight will operate during the peak winter season, when both tourists and expatriates visit the DR. Delta already flies from Atlanta to Santo Domingo and Punta Cana, as well as operating flights between New York (JFK) and Santo Domingo and Santiago. According to Delta Chief Operating Officer Jim Whitehurst, the decision comes as part of the plan to strengthen the company's positioning in the Caribbean, as the airline continues its expansion to Latin America and the Caribbean islands. The airline has added nearly 40 new routes to Latin America and the Caribbean in the last 12 months.
The airline announced flight times would be:
Flight 256 departs Atlanta at 11:05 am and arrives in Puerto Plata at 3:12 pm; the return flight 257 departs Puerto Plata at 4:14 pm and arrives in Atlanta at 8:40 pm.

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