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August 21, 2007
  • American Eagle to Samana
  • Santiago goes tourist
  • Big numbers for tourism
  • Moves at Casa de Campo
American Eagle to Samana
American Eagle has announced that its new flights to Samana will start on 13 December 2007. This new route will bring to six the number of Dominican destinations covered by the American Airlines affiliate. The airline will be using a Super ATR with capacity for 64 passengers. Upon making the announcement, Rafael Sanchez, director general of American Airlines in the DR, focused on the fact that Samana is a destination for newlyweds, nature lovers and travelers with a spirit of adventure. He said that the flight comes in time for tourists wanting to take a whale-watching excursion. The new 5046 flight will depart San Juan's Luis Munoz Marin (SJU) Airport at 1:45pm and arrive at 3:10pm. The return flight from the Samana Catey Airport (AZS) to San Juan is flight 5047, leaving at 3:40pm and arriving to San Juan at 5pm. Tourism Minister Felix Jimenez pointed out that this will be a very attractive route for Puerto Rican tourists.
Santiago goes tourist
Recent hotel construction in Santiago has placed the nation's second largest city on the tourist map. According to an major article in Diario Libre, the soon-to-be-finished Gran Hotel Cibao and the Crown Plaza will join other hotels and bring the total hotel room availability to 2,500. This is in time for the Caribbean Baseball Championship, scheduled for 2-8 February 2008 in that city. Not only are the two new hotels nearly finished, the city's smaller hotels are expanding. Hotels like the Aloha Sol, Platino, Century Plaza, Los Jardines, El Ambar and others have recently expanded their facilities.
In San Jose de las Matas, half an hour away, the Mansion has increased its capacity and now provides 52 rooms for visitors.
According to the article, the government is proposing the construction of a tourist corridor between Jarabacoa and Moncion. This road will link the cities of Jarabacoa, San Jose de las Matas, Janico, Juncalito and Moncion. About 6,000 people work in the tourist industry and according to sources, some US$50 million is generated each month.
There are more and more tourist attractions in the city: the Monument, the Leon Cultural Center, the museum at the San Luis Fort, the Cathedral, the golf course at Las Aromas and a bowling center are part of what's now on offer. There are also 100 bars, and 200 large, medium and small restaurants.
Big numbers for tourism
The Ministry of Tourism published an advertisement in Hoy newspaper (16 August) with tourism numbers. The advertisement highlights the fact that travel to the Dominican Republic is up from 1,925,565 tourists in 1996 to 3,965,055 in 2006, according to statistics the Ministry has at hand. For 2004, travel was at 3,450,392 tourists. It also points out that the number of hotel rooms has increased from 36,273 in 1996 to 63,206 in 2006, representing a 31.5% increase. There were 58,932 rooms in 2004. Tourism Minister Felix Jimenez said that in the past three years of his term at the Ministry of Tourism the government has spent RD$1.6 billion on tourism infrastructure and from August 2004 to July 2007, the Ministry of Tourism has invested US$60,640,000 on advertising abroad.
Moves at Casa de Campo
Moves Magazine featured Casa de Campo in its June issue. The magazine covers and "uncovers" the exciting affluent and ever-changing lives of professional athletes, their families, and those who are making it all happen behind the scenes of the highly visible sports industry.
Casa de Campo is in the most recent issue that contains a special feature titled "Caribbean Golf Resorts". The story - including a Casa de Campo spread - highlights the new Le Cirque cuisine at El Pescador and the MiR fashion show extravaganza with Tiffany & Co. & Escada.

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