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May 6, 2008
  • Avianca to fly to SDQ
  • Merengue Festival
  • Rolex Regatta at Casa de Campo
  • Kiteboarding in Cabarete
Avianca to fly to SDQ
Colombian carrier Avianca is preparing to launch a Bogota-Santo Domingo route starting 14 June. Airbus A319 jets will be used, with capacity for 120 passengers. The flights will depart Bogota at 10am, arriving in Santo Domingo at 1pm. The DR recently facilitated travel between Colombia and the DR, allowing any traveler who already holds a Schengen, US or Canadian visa to travel to the DR with the purchase of a tourist card.
Merengue Festival
The Santo Domingo Merengue Festival organized by the Ministry of Tourism is set for July 24 to July 27. The program so far is: Thursday, 24 July - Tono Rosario, India Canela and Kinito Mendez. On Friday, 25 July - Fernando Villalona, Kico el Presidente and La Banda Gorda. On Saturday, 26 July - Pochy Familia y la Coco Band, Querubanda and Eddy Herrera. For Sunday, 27 July - Sergio Vargas, Giovanny Planco and El Torito. For the closing night, there will be simultaneous performances by merengue bands in the DR and Puerto Rico. In the San Juan Merengue Festival - Milly Quezada, Hermanos Rosario, Grupo Mania, El Prodigio, Joseph Fonseca and Juan Castillo will perform.
Rolex Regatta at Casa de Campo
The Rolex Farr 40 World Championship has chosen Casa de Campo Marina for the hosting of the 2010 regatta. The exact date has not yet been set. The 2008 championship took place 11-19 April in Miami. The 2009 event is scheduled for 19-27 June in Sardinia, Italy. The regatta is broken into a two-day pre-world and four-day world championship events. Nine races are held during the four days of world championship competition for the title in the ultra-competitive one design class. A total of 33 teams from 10 countries take part. Most of the visitors comes from the US, Italy, Australia and Germany.
Kiteboarding in Cabarete
Once again, Cabarete is preparing to host several of the world's top kiteboarders for the 25 June through 29 June Professional Kiteboard Riders Association Cabarete World Cup 2008. The PKRA event will take place at Bozo Beach, Cabarete in Puerto Plata. Prize money this year is US$40,000, and the entrance fee is US$105 for competitors who register by 22 June. Past champs of the Cabarete event are: Ariel Corniel, Kevin Langeree, Aaron Hadlow, Jaime Herraiz, Andre Phillip, David Tyburski and Martin Vari. In the women's category: Bruna Kajiya, Kristin Boese, Cindy Mosey and Julie Gilert. The event is held in the World Cup Freestyle discipline and in Board Off Competition. Accommodations are at the Viva Wyndham Tangerine, Velero Beach Resort, Villa Taina, Cabarete Palm Beach Condos, among other facilities right on Cabarete Beach. The top 12 men and 6 women of the current PKRA Ranking have been pre-qualified.
The PKRA highlights that Cabarete is notable for its warm water and perfect kiteboarding locations. Remarkably, in the men's division there has never been a repeat champion, proof of the high competitiveness of the event. Ariel Corniel became the first Dominican champion in 2007. The challenge is whether he will be the first to win twice.
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