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August 29, 2006
  • Air Transat to Samana
  • Amelia Vega's second movie
  • Updated list of Tourism Offices abroad
  • Sans Souci Port project progress
Air Transat to Samana
Canadian airline Air Transat has announced that it will be offering a direct service to Samana from Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, starting in November. The airport at El Catey is scheduled for opening in November and will service the Cabrera, Rio San Juan and Samana (Las Terrenas, Las Galeras and Samana) areas, that previously were a more than three hour drive away from the nearest international airport served by large airplanes. Air Transat also flies to La Romana, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Santo Domingo airports.
Amelia Vega's second movie
Miss Universe 2003, Dominican Amelia Vega has a role as Chanice in "Homie Spumoni", a comedy with Whoopi Goldberg. This is her second film, her first being an appearance in Andy Garcia's "The Lost City" (2005). The plot of the film tells the story of African-American Renato (Donald Faison) who has been raised in an Italian-American family. Completely unaware that he is black, his life is upended when his birth parents appear, causing Renato to examine his true heritage. The independent film was completed this month, but a release date has not yet been announced.
Updated list of Tourism Offices abroad
The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism has 8 offices in Europe, 3 in the United States, 2 in Canada, 4 in South America, one in Puerto Rico and another in Japan. The revised list of office contact information can be seen at http://www.dr1.com/travelnews/archive/2006/Touristoffices.shtml
Sans Souci Port project progress
Lisandro Macarrulla, president of Inversiones Turisticas Sans Souci, the project that includes a marina, shopping area and real estate development along the east and west banks of the Ozama River, announced that the San Diego Cruise Ship Terminal will be in operation by October 2006, and that they will inaugurate a new terminal on the Sans Souci side by September 2007. He said that these improvements will make Santo Domingo an attractive mother port for cruise ships, meaning that tourists will arrive by air to board the ship, staying in Santo Domingo two or three days prior to departure. Royal Caribbean Cruises has already announced that it would be using the port as a homeport for their Legend of the Seas liner.

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