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August 19, 2008
  • JetBlue's new Boston flight
  • Asonahores trade show
  • New bus to Cap Haitien
  • Cabarete-trained sailors make Beijing finals
JetBlue's new Boston flight
JetBlue announces it will offer service this winter holiday season to Boston from Santo Domingo. This route is subject to government approval. The airline has also said it will add more flights on existing routes from New York to Puerto Plata, Santiago and Santo Domingo, again filling in for AA that is suffering from high fuel costs, older airplanes, and high labor costs.
The once a day Boston "holiday shuttle" will test the market in December and January.
The airline also has plans to bolster its frequent service between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and the Dominican Republic by adding a fourth daily departure to Santiago, a third daily departure to Santo Domingo, and a second daily departure to Puerto Plata over the holiday season.
"The Dominican Republic is dedicated to supporting all of JetBlue's efforts to provide the Caribbean with additional air service," said Dominican Republic Vice Minister of Tourism Magaly Toribio. "JetBlue's new flights from Boston and San Juan to our capital city, Santo Domingo, will help meet the growing demand of visitors and enhance our collective economies," she said.
Asonahores trade show
In its 22nd year, the National Hotel & Restaurant Association (Asonahores) annual trade exhibition opens Wednesday, 27 August at the Dominican Fiesta Hotel. The event continues through Saturday, 30 August. This is the largest Dominican tourism industry trade exhibition. It is open to the trade and also to the general public. Participants are companies that offer products or services to the hotel or restaurant sector in the DR.
New bus to Cap Haitien
The start of a Caribe Tours bus on the Santiago - Dajabon - Cap-Haitien route opens up the Citadelle Haitian monument as a new attraction for visitors to the Dominican Republic. The schedule, does not permit a one-day trip, however, as it is about a seven-hour bus ride. Thus, tourists going that way would have to plan on three days, including the two days for traveling by bus. But one can arrive one day, relax at a Cap-Haitien hotel, make the excursion the next day, and then take a 9am bus back to the DR.
The Caribe Tours bus leaves from Santo Domingo and makes a short stopover in Santiago to take on additional passengers, and then another at the Dajabon border crossing before continuing on to Cap-Haitien, Haiti. The 6-7 hour trip costs US$40 one-way and US$75 RT, or RD$1300/RD$2400, when departing from Santo Domingo. The cost of commuting from Puerto Plata to catch the bus to Haiti in Santiago is similar.
The buses leave at 9am from Cap-Haitien and Santo Domingo, arriving at approximately 4-5pm. Reservation 24 hours in advance is required.
Caribe Tours also offers a daily departure to Petionville, near Port-au-Prince. For information and reservations, call 809 221-4422 Ext. 2003-2023.
Cabarete-trained sailors make Beijing finals
Cabarete, Puerto Plata is proving itself as a leading worldwide laser sailing destination. Two months into the Olympics, several of the finalists came to train. As of Sunday, 17 August, one week into the sailing competition, and with only one race left, the top three leading men in the Laser class and the top woman in the Laser Radial class were all Cabarete-trained. These were Paul Goodison (UK), Rasmus Myrgren (Sweden), Gustavo Lima (Portugal), and Anna Tunnicliffe (USA).
An amazing 19 different national teams competing in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in China came to Cabarete to train. Ari Barshi of Carib Bic Center in Cabarete explains why. "The wind and wave combination that Cabarete offers is very unique and challenging. The protected bay allows sailors to practice during storms, and the fact that in Cabarete all amenities are all within walking distance completes its attractiveness to teams and individuals from around the world," he tells. See http://www.caribwind.com/ltc/index.html

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