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November 27, 2007
  • Promoting the DR in Europe
  • TUI bets on DR
  • American begins flights to Fort Lauderdale
  • Young group tour to Duarte
Promoting the DR in Europe
Dominican Tourism Minister Felix Jimenez was at the London World Travel Market Fair promoting the DR with the main tour operators in the British capital. He also met with airline executives and travel agents to develop strategies aimed at increasing tourism from the UK to the DR. Jimenez reported that during the first 10 months of the year, 190,000 British tourists visited the DR. While in England, Jimenez will also represent the DR at the United Nations World Tourism Organization assembly that is being celebrated within the WTM.
TUI bets on DR
Leading German tour operator TUI is betting on an increase in German travel to the Dominican Republic. The company launched its Summer 2008 program during an event held in Punta Cana last week. "The Dominican Republic is the most important long-haul destination for TUI," said Volker Bottcher, managing director of TUI. He explained that 20% of TUI clients travel to the Dominican Republic. The company is the largest carrier of Germans to Punta Cana, Samana and Puerto Plata. Bottcher forecast a two-point increase in travel from Germany this year.
During the presentation Bottcher emphasized that the DR is much more than beaches. He stressed the country's cultural attractions, with many beach packages now including two nights in Santo Domingo. For the event, 85 specialized travel reporters came from Europe. He announced that taking into account advanced booking discounts, prices for summer 2008 would remain at 2007 levels. He said the increase in the cost of aviation fuel affects the cost of travel, but the company will compensate with the depreciation of the US dollar to the Euro. "From that perspective, costs balance out," he explained.
He said that TUI finished summer 2007 with a 10% increase in number of travelers, and announced that sales were up 8% compared to last year.
American begins flights to Fort Lauderdale
Travelers seeking to avoid delays at the congested Miami International Airport now have the option of a Santo Domingo-Fort Lauderdale connection. Flight AA718 departs 11:10am arriving at 12:35pm daily. The return flight departs Fort Lauderdale at 6:55am, arriving in Santo Domingo at 10:05am. The daily flight begins on 13 December.
Young group tour to Duarte
January is the peak month for travel to the Pico Duarte, the Caribbean's highest summit at almost 10,000 feet. One group, d'Bonche, is advertising four days of pure adrenaline to the tallest peak in the Antilles. The RD$5,495 excursion will last from 18 to 21 January 2008. The price includes transportation from Santo Domingo to the point where the climb begins, all meals and snacks, mules to carry luggage (you also have the option of paying extra to hire your own mule to carry you), official tour T-shirt, admission to the park, tents for lodging on the mountain, medical assistance, specialized guides and lots of fun.
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