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June 17, 2008
  • JetBlue fills in for AA
  • Baseball season starts 15 October
  • Celebrating La Cana and Teeth of the Dog
  • Merengue Festival update
  • Viva Wyndham hosts kiteboarding fans
JetBlue fills in for AA
JetBlue Airways has announced that it will add flights to the Dominican Republic in the fall, filling in when American Airlines cuts frequencies to the DR in September. The New York-based low-cost carrier will increase service from John F. Kennedy International Airport to the DR, adding ten weekly flights to Santo Domingo's Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) and six weekly flights to Santiago's Cibao International Airport (STI). The flights to Santiago are crucial for passenger and cargo operations. In early June, American announced considerable reductions in flights to Santiago and Santo Domingo come September. Continental, Delta and US Airways have also announced flight and frequency cuts in response to record fuel prices.
Baseball season starts 15 October
Leonardo Matos Berrido, president of the Dominican Professional Baseball League has announced that the 2008-2009 Dominican Winter Professional Baseball League championship will start on Wednesday, 15 October. Games will be played at the Quisqueya Stadium (home to the Tigres del Licey and Leones del Escogido), at the Tetelo Vargas Stadium in San Pedro de Macoris (home to the Estrellas Orientales), the Frank Micheli Stadium in La Romana (home to the Azucareros del Este) the Julian Javier Stadium in San Francisco de Macoris (home to the Gigantes del Cibao) and at the Cibao Stadium (home to the Aguilas Cibaenas). The All-Stars Game will take place on 6, 7, 8 December. The regular season runs into December. In January, the semi finals take place, and the playoffs will be held in the first week of February.
This year, more Major League Baseball stars than usual are expected to play, as the games will be used to prepare the Dominican Republic team for the World Baseball Classic that starts in Puerto Rico in March 2009.
Celebrating La Cana and Teeth of the Dog
Two Dominican golf courses have made the exclusive Top 20 International Golf Courses ranking in Celebrated Living, "the luxury magazine for American Airlines premium class passengers." The DR is the only country in the Caribbean with two courses - La Cana Golf Course (a P.B. Dye course) in Punta Cana on the east coast and Teeth of the Dog in Casa de Campo, La Romana (designed by Pete Dye) on the southeastern coast - included in the prestigious list. Coincidentally, both courses were designed by the Dye family.
For more information on these and other courses in the DR, see www.dr1.com/golf
Also see www.celebratedliving.com/tabid/3097/tabidext/3902/default.aspx
Merengue Festival update
This year's Ministry of Tourism's Merengue Festival will be a simultaneous celebration of the Caribbean beat in Santo Domingo and San Juan, Puerto Rico. This year (the 41st edition), it is to be known as the Festival Brugal de Merengue 2008. A delegation of the Santo Domingo Hotels Association traveled to Puerto Rico to promote the event. Cosette Garcia, director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Office, spoke at the event to invite Puerto Ricans to come dance to the tune of leading Dominican bands at the Avenida del Puerto from 24 to 27 July. Patricia Alvarez of the Santo Domingo Hotels Association said that the leading hotels would be offering free shuttle transportation for their guests. PAWA, the new Dominican airline that flies to Aguadilla in Puerto Rico from Santo Domingo, was also part of the delegation to announce the Merengue Festival.
The Festival opens on Thursday 24 July with a special tribute to Bonny Cepeda, with rhthyms from the 1980s and a performance by India Canela. On the 25th, onstage at the Avenida del Puerto, Fernando Villalona, Kilo el Presidente and Banda Gorda will perform. On the stage in Santo Domingo East, Las Chican and Julian Oro Duro are programmed. On Saturday, 26 July, Pochy Familia and his Coco Band, Querubanda and Eddy Herrera will take the stage. And on Sunday, 27 July, there will be two simultaneous concerts, one from the Avenida del Puerto with Sergio Vargas, Geovanny Polanco and El Torito Hector Acosta, and another with Fefita la Grande and El Jeffrey. Meanwhile, in Puerto Rico, Los Hermanos Rosario, Milly Quezada, El Prodigio, Joseph Fonseca, Grupo Mania, Limite 21, Bonny Cepeda, Los Sabrosos del Merengue and Grupo Mayombe will perform at the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan. This year, in addition to the merengue music, the Ministry of Tourism has also coordinated large displays of arts and crafts for sale. Dominican cuisine will also be available.
For more information in Puerto Rico, contact the Tourism Office at 890 Ashford Avenue, Local C-3, Condado, San Juan, call 787 722-0881 or e-mail [email protected]
Viva Wyndham hosts kiteboarding fans
Viva Wyndham Tangerine, the Viva Resorts active-travel resort in Cabarete will be at the center of the World Kiteboarding Cup challenge this 24-29 June. The event is the fourth of ten stops on the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association 2008 World Tour. Competitors from all around the world are coming, and US$45,000 in prizes is up for grabs.
To contact the hotel see http://dr1.com/directories/hotels/viva_tangerine.shtml

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