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August 5, 2008
  • Duarte + Enriquillo + Chinatown
  • Manny blasts for the Dodgers
  • Half year travel stats
  • Columbus Lighthouse reopens
Duarte + Enriquillo + Chinatown
President Leonel Fernandez officially opened the Duarte Shopping District and remodelled Enriquillo Park on Sunday, 3 August. The city enhancement works were carried out by the Santo Domingo city government at a cost of more than RD$217 million, as reported by the Presidency. Underground electricity was installed, which accounted for RD$162 million of the investment. A three-level plaza for small vendors was completed at adjacent Mella Avenue. And a Book and Music Stores Walkway was incorporated on the section between Duarte Avenue and Jose Marti, Caracas and Jacinto de la Concha, where several small music and book stores are located.
Enriquillo Park is adjacent to an area of the city from where numerous commuter buses leave for interior towns.
The new Duarte Shopping District is a shopping area known for its low prices. Duarte ends at the recently-remodeled Chinatown section of Santo Domingo, making the area well worth a visit for bargain shopping and eating, plus experiencing first hand the Chinese and Taiwanese influence in the DR.
Manny blasts for the Dodgers
Manny is doing his job at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Within his first 24 hours, he already had blasted his 511th home run on Saturday that lead the Dodgers to a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. And then again on Sunday, he batted a three-run producing homerun, his 512th, in the 9-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. Manny Ramirez is now the 20th in the history of MLB in homeruns.
And better still for the Dodgers. He is drawing the fans to the stadium. LA Times reports that 8,000 more fans bought tickets to the first game he would play after the trade was announced. Manny Ramirez, and his locks, came to the Dodgers after a three player trade was negotiated with the Boston Red Sox, where he said he no longer felt comfortable playing. There is speculation whether Manny Ramirez could eventually take the Dodgers to the World Series. USA Today reports that the Dodgers are seen as having a 40% chance at reaching the World Series playoffs, but only a 15% chance at winning the Series. Meanwhile, the DR is getting great advertising in the Los Angeles area, as finds are constantly reminded that he is Latin, from the Dominican Republic.
Half year travel stats
Tourists traveling to the DR were 2,215,985 at the half year mark. This is 120,453 more foreign travelers than in 2007, or 6.55% more. There were slightly less non-resident Dominicans traveling to the DR during the first six months of the year. Stats show 257,256 expats came home, down 10,599 compared to the first half of 2007. Central Bank month by month stats show March was a peak month for non-resident arrivals in the first half of the year.
Numbers for 2008 as compared to 2007 were:
The United States continues to be the largest source market for Dominican travel, with 32.2% of the market, followed by Canada with 22.6%, France with 9%, Spain with 5.7%, Germany 5.6% and the UK with 5%.
Punta Cana International Airport continues to receive the most tourists, with 53.5%, followed by Las Americas International Airport (Santo Domingo), Puerto Plata International Airport (POP) with 16.6% and La Romana with 6.06%.
Columbus Lighthouse reopens
The Columbus Lighthouse Museum is again open to the public as of Tuesday, 5 August. Andy Mieses, governor of the monument to Christopher Columbus, said that maintenance works had been completed. The monument had been open to the public since October 1992, but was closed for conditioning.
Built in the shape of a cross in reinforced concrete, the towering El Faro a Colon monument is 680 feet long from East to West and 195 feet North to South. It houses the remains of the Spanish navigator and several historic sections within. The Lighthouse is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9am to 5:30pm. For more information call 809 591-1492

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