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June 19, 2007
  • Kite boarding week in Cabarete
  • Las Americas is safest in Caribbean
  • De Marchena to head hoteliers
  • 50 years of Caribbean Baseball
Kite boarding week in Cabarete
Cabarete is reading itself for the electrifying action when the skies fill with performing athletes this June. From 26-31 June, Cabarete will host the Professional Kite Boarding Championship. The DR is hoping that Cabarete's own 20-year old Alex Soto may win the tournament competing with 100 athletes from around the world. Cabarete, in Puerto Plata, on the north coast, is required as the prime kiteboarding destination in the world given the natural conditions of the beach and the variety of day and nighttime activities in the environs.
Las Americas is safest in Caribbean
The United States Transport Safety Administration (TSA) has classified Las Americas International Airport (AILA), the leading port of entry to the capital city of Santo Domingo, as the safest airport in the Caribbean.
The announcement came during a meeting between executives of Aerodom, which administers the airport, and the Specialized Airport Security Corps (CESA) and the Transport Security Administration of the US Department of Homeland Security. The TSA has been carrying out inspections of airports in the area since the 9/11 attacks.
De Marchena to head hoteliers
For only the second time in its 45-year history, a Dominican has been chosen to head the Caribbean Hotel Association. This time, the honor falls to Enrique de Marchena Kaluche, who will serve a two-year term, 2008-2010. De Marchena was the unanimous candidate of the CHA nominations committee, which is meeting in Santo Domingo this week. De Marchena, a lawyer, has been president of the the National Hotel and Restaurant Association (Asonahores). In addition to his private law practice, he is a member of the Elliot Group, a Canadian entity that manages Sun Village in Cofresi. The company also has a project under way in Juan Dolio.
The Caribbean Hotel Association brings together 36 hotel associations that manage 849 hotels with 125,000 rooms across the Caribbean.
De Marchena is the second Dominican to head the organization in the past five years. Simon Suarez, then of Coral Hotels and today with Hilton hotel chain, presided CHA from 2002-2004.
50 years of Caribbean Baseball
Santiago will be hosting the 50th year of the Caribbean Baseball Series for the first time from 2-8 February 2008. The winning teams from Puerto Rico, Mexico and Venezuela will send their best to vie for the Caribbean title.
The series rotates to the Dominican Republic in 2008, and for the first time, Santiago, home to many times Caribbean Series champion team, Las Aguilas Cibaenas. The Aguilas Cibaenas home team happens to be the 2007 Caribbean Series Champions.
Caribbean Baseball Confederation president Juan Francisco Puello Herrera, as reported on the MLB website, explained that plans already are in the works to make 2008 a spectacular occasion, largely because it marks a landmark milestone. "It's important for us because we're celebrating the 50th year of the Caribbean Series," Puello Herrera said.
Puello Herrera is banking on the games next year to represent a new generation for the tournament. Based on how 2007 has gone, more growth in the Caribbean Series is expected. This year marked the first time the event has been televised in Europe, which is broadcasting games on NASN (North American Sports Network). Coverage in the U.S. is available through MLB.com and ESPN is already providing coverage of many regional championships leading into the championship.
Major League Baseball says the series is so wildly popular in the region because it gathers "quality baseball, passionate fans, loud music and national pride". Musical performers are expected to accompany the celebration of the Caribbean Series in 2008 to enhance the event. "The entertainment value is what is important to the Caribbean Series," says Puello. "Fans don't go to the stadium just for the game itself. There's an attraction."

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