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January 29, 2008
  • ITB to focus on DR
  • DR-Jewish heritage in NY
  • Andalucia at Casa de Campo
  • Wanted: The Master of the Ocean
ITB to focus on DR
The largest-ever Dominican tourism industry delegation will be in the German capital, Berlin to attend the ITB from 5 to 9 March. The Dominican Republic is Official Partner Country this year and several special events have been scheduled to showcase the abundance of natural beauty and culture in the DR. At a time when Asia is luring a chunk of Caribbean market share, the DR has not been the exception to Caribbean islands showing no growth or a decline in travelers in 2007. At times of fierce competition from emerging destinations in the Middle and Far East, the Dominican travel industry seeks to promote the advantages of a Dominican vacation during this opportunity that the largest travel fair in the world provides to promote the Dominican Republic as a preferred destination.
The DR is organizing the opening ceremonies and will have exciting products and services to show both trade visitors and the general public.
Overall around 11,000 companies from 180 countries and territories will be exhibiting at the ITB Berlin 2008, and more than 100,000 trade visitors are expected to attend. Last year close to 70,000 members of the general public thronged the 26 halls on the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. This year exhibitors showing everything that the tourism industry has to offer will again be occupying a display area around 160,000 square meters in size.
DR-Jewish heritage in NY
New York City's Museo del Barrio joins the Museum of Jewish Heritage in presenting a free hands-on Family Workshop - Exploring Identity, Immigration, and Memory through Art and Culture of the Dominican Republic at the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. This program is presented in conjunction with the special bilingual exhibition opening February 17, Sosua: A Refuge for Jews in the Dominican Republic (Sosua: Un Refugio de Judios en la Republica Dominicana).
The drop-in sessions, created by the educators at El Museo del Barrio in cooperation with the Education Department at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, will take place all week during school vacation, Monday, February 18 through Friday, February 22. Children and their families will learn about art and culture of the Dominican Republic as they investigate identity, immigration and memory. During art-based activities and talks with El Museo del Barrio's artist educators, families will create a memory box incorporating portraiture, writing, and collage.
The exhibition on Sosua: A Refuge for Jews in the DR shares the story of how in 1938, a time when openings for Jewish refugees were hard to find, the government of the Dominican Republic offered to resettle up to 100,000 Jews. Sosua, an abandoned banana plantation on the north coast of the island, became a refuge for hundreds of Jews. The settlers were given resources to cultivate the land they were provided, and built a thriving town - one that still exists today. This exhibition tells how the settlers were recruited and came to Sosua, what awaited them there, what role the Dominican and US governments and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee played in the story, how the settlers worked with their Dominican neighbors to establish themselves, and what kind of a town they created. Sosua speaks poignantly to one chapter in a shared Dominican and Jewish story. For more information visit
Andalucia at Casa de Campo
Casa de Campo in La Romana is organizing a grand exhibition of products from Andalucia to showcase Spanish heritage in the Dominican Republic. The Gran Feria de Andalucia en el Caribe is in its second year. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, 27 February (a national holiday celebration Dominican independence from Haiti) to Sunday, 2 March and will be centered at the Equestrian Center. Watch the elegant dresses of the flamenco dancers, the horses, listen to the music and enjoy tapas prepared Sevilla style.
Parallel with the exhibition, the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (Funglode) is hosting a Business Forum with the participation of President Leonel Fernandez, and former heads of state Felipe Gonzalez (Spain), Oscar Arias (Costa Rica), the Grupo Cisneros from Venezuela and the Confederation of Businessmen from Sevilla, among others.
Puerto Rico will also be present. Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila is also expected on the inaugural evening. The Flamenco Dance Troupe of the Casa de Espana in Puerto Rico is coming for the event.
Wanted: The Master of the Ocean
Cabarete's shores will soon be welcoming the best exhibitors in surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. The sixth edition of the Snapple Master of the Ocean 2008 will take place 27 February through 2 March thanks to Cadbury Schweppes Beverage Corporation Americas. The general concept for the event has always been to position the Dominican Republic at a level, for example, from Hawaii, whereas a sports competition sans egal, a sort of registered brand name that supports local talent, federation and visa-free", explains Marcus Bohm, creator, organizer and main promoter for the event. "After visiting so many countries, Cabarete, located on the north shore of the Dominican Republic, continues to be till this day the best venue to enjoy the waves and this entire wonderful region that has so much to offer its visitors".
Cabarete's advantage is that while participants are putting all of their might, creating and developing skillful maneuvers and jumps over the water that make up this aquatic triathlon, the public can enjoy watching one of the greatest sports events ever seen, while fully enjoying Cabarete's rich and diverse gastronomic offer and its exciting nightlife.
This is how it goes: After the eliminatory rounds, athletes partake in different disciplines (surf, windsurf and kite surfing) and their overall performance is jointly evaluated; whoever gathers the most amount of points at the end wins the title and will be known for one year as the "Master of the Ocean." The championship title also comes with a cash prize of US$10,000, plus another US$1,000 for best performance. Michael Guzman, Luciano Gonzalez, James Ortis and Jean Marco Rivera have obtained this title in past years.
There are also other awards: "Master Surf", "Master Windsurf" and "Master Kite". This year new talents will also be rewarded with the title of "Future Master" a new concept created to fire up the younger athletes' enthusiasm.

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