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August 1, 2006
  • DR gets positive coverage on NBC
  • Ministry of Tourism music CD
  • Eurofly special fares from Punta Cana
  • Casa Colonial gets even better
DR gets positive coverage on NBC
Kerry Sanders is highlighting how the Dominican Republic is attracting millions as Americans buy up luxury homes now on the market. CNBC carried the TV short that is also covered on their web site.
Sanders explains that the factors behind the recent Dominican Republic fever range from a series of Dominican baseball stars, a democratic government encouraging foreign dollars, a number of new direct flights from the United States and a lot of recent good press. These reasons, coupled with bargain land prices and cheap labor have helped put the Dominican Republic on the map like never before, he reports.
See http://msnbc.msn.com/id/13941226/
Ministry of Tourism music CD
The Ministry of Tourism announces the September release of a special collection of Dominican musical gems, many of which have been recorded by famous artists, in homage to their original composers. The CD, “Caribbean Gems: Joyas Musicales Dominicanas” is produced by maestro Jose Antonio Molina and The Miami Latin Pops Orchestra. The 83-minute production contains 13 boleros, merengues, bachatas and son compositions by outstanding Dominican composers, including Rafael Solano, Papa Molina, Tono Abreu, Salvador Sturla, Juan Lockward, Luis Rivera, Luis Kalaf, Manuel Sanchez Acosta, Bienvenido Brens, Manuel Troncoso, Mario de Jesus and Rafael Landestoy, among others. Pianists Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Krency Garcia (El Prodigio), and trumpeter Luis Aquino (Puerto Rico) participated as well as the University of Miami choir.
The CD was recorded at Emilio Estefan’s Miami studio and will be released for sale in September 2006.
Eurofly special fares from Punta Cana
Eurofly, the Italian leisure carrier based in Milan, Italy, is promoting special fares on the once-a-week Milan (Malpensa T2) and Rome (Fiumicino) routes to Punta Cana (PUJ) international airport, on the east coast of the DR. These flights depart on Tuesdays at midnight. The airline is promoting a US$699 RT fare (airport fees and taxes not included) valid for travel from 1 July to 31 August, the peak summer season, and a US$549 RT, (airport fees and taxes not included) fare valid for travel from 1 September to 15 December.
Eurofly started off as Alitalia’s charter arm, began to go independent in 1998 and the remaining Alitalia shares were sold to the Spinnaker Luxembourg SA fund in 2003. The airline now is concentrated on flying point-to-point to holiday destinations. The airline provides long-haul leisure flights from Italy mainly to the Maldives, Kenya, Punta Cana and Mexico destinations. The company has positioned itself as a high-quality, low cost option for air travel to Italy.
This year the airline launched a service to New York from Rome, Naples, Bologna and Palermo. Company president, Augusto Angioletti has said that market research shows that clients want point-to-point flights.
At the present time, Eurofly leads in the Italian leisure market. Other players are Blue Panorama, Lauda Air, Livingston, Neon, Volare and Air Europe.
The company is a partner of the major Italian and European tour operators, including Viaggi del Ventaglio, as a result of a recent commercial agreement. The company is also developing new distribution channels through the Internet, call centers and travel agencies to sell tickets directly to end-users.
Eurofly’s vision is to become the leading Italian private carrier in the leisure segment, focused on international routes, innovative and fast in exploiting new market opportunities. At present, the company is already the second largest Italian carrier for long-haul flights after Alitalia. The company seeks to focus on long haul in order to decrease seasonality, and will continue to evolve from a charter to leisure carrier, also catering for cargo activity on its routes. The airline uses Airbus 330-200 aircrafts.
Eurofly received a boost when it became the official carrier of the Italian national football team, which eventually won the 2006 World Cup.
The airline is represented in the DR by General Air Services. For information and reservations, call 809 621-7777.
Casa Colonial gets even better
One of the best, if not the best Dominican chefs of all time, Puerto Plata-born Rafael Vasquez has just joined Casa Colonial, the 50-room boutique hotel that is located in Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata. Vasquez’s creative and delicious food is reason enough for visiting the hotel whose restaurants are open to the general public. Son of Rafi Vasquez, one of Puerto Plata’s leading artists, Rafael Vasquez’s creations complement the exquisitely decorated restaurants, works of art by hotel designer, Puerto Plata architect Sara Garcia. Vasquez was previously chef at the lauded Hotel Villa del Sol at Ixtapa-Xihuatanejo, Mexico. Casa Colonial is one of just six Small Luxury Hotels in the Caribbean.
For information on the hotel, see http://dr1.com/directories/hotels/demo_gran_casa_colonial_VH.shtml

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