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August 26, 2008
  • Haydee Kuret to preside Asonahores
  • Punta Cana-Bavaro Jazz Festival 2008
  • Jetblue's new SDQ-Puerto Rico flight
  • The DR and Fly-ins
Haydee Kuret to preside Asonahores
Haydee Kuret de Rainieri was confirmed on Wednesday, 20 August as the new president of the National Hotel & Restaurant Association. She will preside the leading tourism organization from 1 September 2008 through 30 August 2010. As is the tradition in Asonahores, she was chosen by a consensus of member organizations -- Playa Dorada (Roberto Casoni), Sosua Cabarete (Cecilio Mercedes), La Romana-Juan Dolio (Luis Rodriguez) and the East (Ernesto Veloz). Haydee Kuret is married to Frank Rainieri, founder of development in the East Coast, and himself a former president of the organization. She has been closely involved with the development of Punta Cana hotel and real estate operations from the start. Ventura Serra, of Occidental Hotels, will be first vice president, and Roberto Casoni, of Victoria Hotels & Resorts, a Puerto Plata-based chain, will be second vice president.
Punta Cana-Bavaro Jazz Festival 2008
The 3rd Punta Cana-Bavaro Jazz Festival will be held this coming Friday, 29 August and Saturday, 30 August at the Imagine night spot. Ernesto Veloz, president of the La Altagracia Tourism Cluster that is sponsoring the event, said Nestor Torres was coming for the event. Also, the Cuarteto Ritmico from Caracas, Venezuela, Rafelito Mirabal & Sistema Temperado and the Santo Domingo Big Band that is made up by 18 of the best Dominican musicians under Pen Bian Sang. This year the festival will be dedicated to Dominican musician Felix del Rosario. Tickets can be used on both days. They cost RD$1,000 and RD$2,000 VIP. A single day ticket can be had for RD$700 and RD$1,200.
Jetblue's new SDQ-Puerto Rico flight
JetBlue has announced it will be flying non-stop to San Juan from Santo Domingo beginning 18 December 2008. This marks the first intra-Caribbean service of the airline. JetBlue fills the void left by American Airlines and American Eagle that announced flight cancellations on the highly profitable route. JetBlue announces that its fares will range from US$89 to US$275 each way, plus taxes, airport and security charges.
"Demand for JetBlue's high-value Caribbean service continues to exceed our expectations," said Jim Fuoco, the airline's manager of route planning. "This winter we're pleased to redeploy capacity into some of our strongest markets for the holiday season and also add new service between Santo Domingo and San Juan, one of our customers' most-requested routes. JetBlue is proud to be the leading value airline in the Caribbean, with as many as 50 daily flights to the region this winter."
For the once-daily SJU-SDQ flight, JetBlue will fly a 100-seat Embraer 190 jet, with a 2x2 configuration (no middle seats), and unlimited free snacks and beverages. The flight will depart SDQ at 3:55pm arriving in SJU at 4:50pm. It will depart SJU at 5:45pm arriving in SDQ at 6:45pm.
The DR and Fly-ins
The DR has started to be considered for fly-ins after the Airport Department and Institute of Civil Aviation convinced President Leonel Fernandez to pass Decree 169-08 that exempts pilots of small airplanes (up to 30,000 lbs and max of 12 passengers) from paying airport charges. At the same time, the government also allowed for minimum red tape so that after landing at one airport, pilots can continue on to other airports and airfields in the DR, truly making for a wonderful multi-destination visit in the country.
A first fly-in from Puerto Rico on 18 small planes landed at the Punta Cana International Airport last weekend, bringing 54 fun-loving passengers for a weekend in Punta Cana. Manolo Borrero, of the Aeroclub de Puerto Rico, led this first excursion.
Frank Rainieri, president of the Grupo Punta Cana that owns the airport, Andres Vanderhorst of the Airport Department and Deputy Minister of Tourism Luis Simo were there to receive the first pilots and friends.
A second larger one is forthcoming for 9-15 October 2008. This Caribbean Fly-In covers Bahamas, the DR and Turks & Caicos. It begins with a stopover in Long Island, Bahamas on 9 October. It continues on 10 October with the DR leg of the fly-in with planes arriving to Santiago's Cibao International Airport for city sightseeing (which could feature Centro Leon and a visit to a cigar factory) and overnight at Hotel Camp David Resort. Next day, the fly-in group lands at the Constanza airfield in the mountains. The group will stay at Hotel Mi Cabana. In contrast, the trip ends with time at the Punta Cana beach, with two nights at the Punta Cana Resort. The group then leaves for Providenciales, Turks & Caicos on the 14th, prior to returning to Fort Lauderdale on the 15th.
To sign up, go to http://www.caribbeanflyingadventures.com/

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