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September 9, 2008
  • Blue Sky Agreement with Canada
  • Golfweek on Punta Cana course
  • What will the weather be?
  • Plenty of shows in September
Blue Sky Agreement with Canada
Canadian Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon and International Trade Minister Michael Fortier announced on 5 September the conclusion of a Blue Skies bilateral air transport agreement with the DR deemed to facilitate trade, investment and tourism. The agreement will be beneficial for travelers, cargo shippers, airports and airlines of both countries.
The agreement allows airlines of both countries to serve cities in both Canada and the Dominican Republic with their own aircraft and code-sharing services, for both passenger and all-cargo flights. Air carriers are authorized to freely decide the frequency of services and prices to be offered.
The Dominican Republic is one of Canada's largest air travel markets and an important tourism destination for Canadians. Together with the flights between the two countries, services may also be offered to and from third countries. The agreement is signed at a time when the DR and Canada are engaged in bilateral free trade agreement negotiations. The new rights are expected to bring a wider range of travel options for passengers and businesses.
Canada also has Blue Sky agreements with the US, the UK, New Zealand, Ireland and Iceland.
See http://www.tc.gc.ca/pol/en/ace/consultations/blueSkyPolicy.htm
Golfweek on Punta Cana course
Golfweek Magazine focuses on new golf courses under development in the DR in a recent report. The publication reports, for instance, that Punta Cana Corales Golf Club course designer Tom Marzolf is especially proud of his 18th tee. "This could be one of the great holes anywhere," he forecasts. Golf writer, Bladley S. Klein recalls that golf began in the DR with the opening of the Teeth of the Dog course in La Romana. Today, Casa de Campo sports four highly regarded Dye courses, with a fifth on the way.
The target market for Dominican golf and golf-resort communities is as multinational as the list of incoming flights to the airport, he explains. Luis Migoya, estates sales manager for Punta Cana, breaks down the homebuyers: 43 percent U.S., 38 percent European, 10 percent Canada and South America and 9 percent Dominican.
Next door to Punta Cana golf courses is Cap Cana, where the Champions Tour's Cap Cana Championship was held this spring, with more tournaments programmed for the next two years.
Golfweek mentions: "At Cap Cana, Nicklaus is well under way on a second course, Las Iguanas Golf Club, and has a third on the drawing board. Meanwhile, work has started on a pair of courses on a bluff overlooking the waterfront golf resort."
Also mentioned is the newest project in the area, the Roco Ki, a 2,500-acre resort community with 3.2 miles of beachfront along the Atlantic Ocean and two hotels, the Westin and Fairmont. The first of Roco Ki's four planned layouts, the Nick Faldo Legacy Course, opens this fall. It incorporates environmentally sensitive mangroves and finishes with two holes exposed to howling winds along the Atlantic Ocean."
See http://www.golfweek.com/business/coursemanagement/story/dominican-development-news-090108
What will the weather be?
September is the peak month for hurricanes in the Caribbean, and travelers are concerned about their chances for good weather. The reality is that while September is a month with the most storms in the area, these are spread out and the number of sunny days will outnumber the rainy days. Furthermore, while all the media exposure would indicate differently, chances of getting caught in a hurricane when visiting the Caribbean are slim. For instance, the last hurricane to hit the Dominican Republic was Jeanne in 2003, and before that Georges in 1998, before that it was David in 1979. Each hit a different coast of this big Caribbean island. DR1 is keeping a thread in its Weather & Beyond Forum to keep track of storms that may come our way.
See http://www.dr1.com/forums/weather-beyond/...
For background on weather in the DR, see these links:
Plenty of shows in September
Santo Domingo, one of the most important plazas for shows in the Caribbean and Central America, the capital city of the Dominican Republic all year round boasts numerous international and national shows. Coming up this month, from Mexico, Emmanuel is booked for the Hotel Jaragua on 20 September. Jobim Sinfonico, the legendary bossa nova show, is booked for the National Theater on 23 September. Vikki Carr and Marco Antonio Muniz will be at the National Theater 26-27 September. Tania Baez & Milagros German are at the National Theater the previous two weeks, with their comedy, "Glamour, Sex Divas and Other Lies."
In addition, Puntacana Group that is celebrating its 40th anniversary is sponsoring a Rafael Solano, National Choir and National Symphony musician concert at the Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia in Higuey on Friday, 12 September. The Puerto Plata Merengue Festival, 26-28 September, featuring Wilfrido Vargas who is celebrating his 40 years in merengue. Charles Aznavour is booked for 27 September at Altos de Chavon in La Romana.
See http://www.dr1.com/calendar for updates on events.

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