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October 7, 2008
  • Dominican Fashion Week
  • LA focuses on the DR
  • Dominican meetings
  • Santo Domingo International Films Showing
Dominican Fashion Week
Dominican Fashion Week opens next week in Santo Domingo at the Occidental Embajador Hotel. Twenty-three runway passes have been programmed for the 13-18 October benefit that will run from noon to 10pm. Innovating and new-to-market Dominican designers are joined by well known Dominican designers and guest designers from abroad. This is the third year of the popular event that this year includes a dedication to South American design with presentations of designers from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela. New this year, the event also presents a trade exhibition where companies showcase textiles, design and fashion accessories. The event is a benefit for local charity groups.
Designers participating this year in the six day event are Adela Dore, Ana Montan, Arcadio Diaz, Belkola, Camila Casual, Carla Carbonell, Carla Riggs, Carlos de Moya, Cinthia Avelino, Diego Pena, Gutierrez-Marcano, Hipolito Pena, Jacqueline Then, Keithel, Larissa Salcedo, Leonisa, Linanndra, Lucia Rodriguez, Luisa Cuevas, Magaly Tiburcio, Mabel and Julissa, Maria Pryor, Marisol Henriquez, Marite Cabrera, Melissa Diaz, Nicole Dickson, Nicole Jimenez, Robert Flores, Rocio Martinez, Sully Bonelly, Tioca and Veronica Lora.
Tickets can be purchased calling 809 540-2536 and 809 566-1114
LA focuses on the DR
Manny Ramirez, now playing with the Los Angeles Dodgers, has put the Dominican Republic in the minds of Los Angeles residents. The Los Angeles Times has responded by featuring several articles focusing on Ramirez's home country. LA Times reporters have flown to the DR to see what the country is all about, focusing on baseball, but also on beach and mountainside communities.
Dominican meetings
Between January and August 2,567,050 tourists visited the DR, according to the Ministry of Tourism. This is a 4.5% increase compared to the same period in 2007 when 2,455,932 tourists visited. Over half the tourists came through Punta Cana International Airport (54.7%), while the remaining tourists came through Las Americas International Airport (19.3%), Puerto Plata (15.8%) and La Romana (5.5%). A small number of tourists arrived by Santiago's central Cibao airport, or the Isabela airport in Santo Domingo and El Catey airport in Samana.
The Ministry of Tourism reports that the Russian tourist market grew considerably in 2008 with an 83% increase in Russian tourists compared to last year, Ukrainian tourism is up 11% and Polish tourism is up 92.5%. From Latin America, there were also increases. There were increases from Brazil (up 32.5%), Ecuador (up 37.9%), Mexico (up 15.5%), Chile (up 44.8%), Argentina (up 38.1%) and Colombia (30.1%) as air links improved.
US arrivals nevertheless only increased 2.9%, but there were 11.9% more visitors from Canada.
From France there was a 4.2% increase and from Switzerland a 12.5% increase.
Santo Domingo International Films Showing
Santo Domingo's International Movie Showing is again take place at the Palacio del Cine (Bella Vista Mall) with three films per day, from 1-10 October. Films will be from Spain, France, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Bolivia, Denmark, Mexico, Uruguay, Cuba, Ecuador, Colombia and Sweden. This year, several German films are on exhibit. The opening film is "Hanami" (Kirschbluten) by Doris Dorrie, with a gala premiere on 1 October at 7pm. Other German films include Blue Angel, staring Marlene Dietrich. The festival is directed by Arturo Rodriguez Fernandez and is in its 10th year.
For a list of films, see http://www.muestradecine.com/
For more on upcoming events in the DR, see http://www.dr1.com/calendar

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