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May 27, 2008
  • Overall travel stats
  • Canadians choose the DR
  • Juan Luis Guerra tours US and Europe
  • Placido Domingo at Altos de Chavon
Overall travel stats
Non-resident international arrivals to the Dominican Republic during the first four months of the year increased 6.7% to 1,430,034 from 1,339,836 in 2007. The best performing markets were Canada (up 11%), the United States (up 5.6%), South America (up 28%) and Europe (up 2.2%). 407,442 travelers came from the United States, compared to 385,739 for the same period in 2007. In South America, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile and Colombia, Ecuador and Peru provided most of the 67,235 tourists that visited from January to April. For Europe, the largest source markets for the period were France with 154,673 tourists, followed by Germany with 78,512, Spain with 73,301, Italy with 60,066, the UK with 58,072, Holland with 19,270, Rusia with 16,879, Belgium with 15,275, Switzerland with 11,677 and Portugal with 6,738.
Canadians choose the DR
Canadian visitation to the Dominican Republic continued strong during the first four months of 2008 (January to April), increasing 11% to 394,930 visitors, up from 355,917 travelers for the same period in 2007. In the entire 2007, 587,370 visitors came. Breaking down by airport of arrival within the DR, 231,231 Canadians chose Punta Cana (59%), 120,564 chose Puerto Plata (31%), 19,338 chose La Romana (5%), 12,230 chose Santo Domingo (3%) and 10,676 chose Samana (3%).
Juan Luis Guerra tours US and Europe
Dominican music great singer-composer Juan Luis Guerra and his 4-40 band will be taking Dominican music abroad as he tours the United States and Europe this summer. His fans in the US and Europe will be able to enjoy the music of his multi-Grammy award winning "La llave de mi Corazon (Medicine for my Soul) and his style of merengue, bachata and salsa combined with funk and rock.
The "La Travesia" (The Crossing) Concert Tour opens on 12 July with a performance at Miami's American Airlines Arena, followed by performances at the Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida on 13 July; the Gwinnett Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on 16 July; New York City's Madison Square Garden on 18 July; the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California on 31 July; and the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on 3 August.
Next, Guerra crosses the Atlantic for performances in Gran Canaria on 26 August and in Tenerife on 28 August. The venues for these two performances have yet to be announced. He then travels on to Barcelona, for a 9 September concert at the Palau St. Jordi and an 11 September concert at the Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid.
Placido Domingo at Altos de Chavon
Spanish tenor Placido Domingo is booked for a Friday, 20 June performance at Altos de Chavon, the 5,000-seat amphitheater in La Romana. He will be performing tracks from his new CD, Pasion Espanola that is dedicated to Spanish 'coplas', when music and poetry focus on passionate love affairs. The songs were hugely popular in the 40s and 50s when Placido Domingo was growing up, and now they are back in fashion, making the Spanish pop charts. Arrangements have also been made to include a short selection of Dominican songs at the Altos de Chavon performance.
60 musicians from the National Symphony and that of Puerto Rico will accompany Domingo.
Concert tickets are for sale in Auto Germanica in Santo Domingo and at the Villa Owners Club/Entrance Casa de Campo, Tel 809 523-3333, Ext. 2161 or Ext. 3165/66. General admission is RD$6,000/US$175, with VIP tickets available for RD$10,000/US$300 and RD$20,000/US$590. In Santo Domingo, call 809 535-7800 or 809 535-5444.
This would be Domingo's second presentation in the Dominican Republic. On a first occasion, in 2002, he performed at the National Theater. For more information and accommodation packages at Casa de Campo see http://dr1.com/directories/hotels/casa_de_campo.shtml

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