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October 14, 2008
  • Tourism and Environment to share building
  • Cap Cana PGA
  • DR Jazz Festival
  • Salinas hosts windsurfers & kiters
Tourism and Environment to share building
The Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Environment will be sharing new headquarters at the Luperon Avenue intersection with Jose Contreras Avenue, once the building is completed. Construction is said to be at an advanced stage. Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia said that the Ministry of Environment would occupy the first two floors, and Tourism would be on the third and fourth floor. He mentioned that the current Ministry of Tourism offices opposite the Presidential Palace measure 3,000 square meters in total. The new third and fourth floor facility would mean 12,000 square meters of space, as each floor covers 6,000 square meters.
Javier Garcia said that the decision to share the location is part of a strategy to encourage coordination between the two institutions, combining the preservation of natural resources with the implementation of tourism investment projects.
Javier Garcia is President Leonel Fernandez's former presidential campaign manager. He has also served as Minister of Industry and Commerce.
Cap Cana PGA
The PGA Tour's Champions Tour, The Cap Cana Championship 2009, will take place at the Punta Espada golf course on 23-29 March. The event is a repeat of last year's successful tournament that brought some of the most famous golf champions of all times to the eastern seaside course designed by Jack Nicklaus in the luxury residential community. Mark Wiebe was last year's winner, and this year 78 golfers are expected. Last year, Jay Haas, Craig Stadler, Curtis Strange, Tom Watson, Tom Kite, Nick Price, Fred Funk, Eduardo Romero, Vicente Fernandez, Bernard Langer and Ian Woosnam also played in the tournament.
At a press conference held to announce the tournament, PGA Champions Tour president Mike Stevens said that the tournament had been an unprecedented success in all senses of the word -- given the DR's hospitality and the extent that the players enjoyed the complete experience. Our players and our work team are looking forward to returning to Cap Cana in 2009," he said. Players will compete for a US$315,000 prize for the winner, and a US$2.1 million purse. The Cap Cana Championship will be transmitted by The Golf Channel for North America, Europe and the Caribbean and ESPN Latin America for Latin America. Golf Digest magazine has ranked the Punta Espada course among the 100 best courses outside of the US. Forbes also lists it among the 10 best golf courses in the Caribbean, and Robb Report's "Best of the Best" featured it as one of the most extraordinary golf courses around the world. The course opened in November 2006 and is operated by Troon Golf. The Champions Tour is open to golfers over the age of 50. In 2009, it will be in its 30th year.
DR Jazz Festival
The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival lasting for five days will take place 6-9 November with performances in Puerto Plata and Santiago. Performances will be held in Cabarete Beach and Santiago (Teatro Cibao). Since its first year, the festival has featured a range of famous musicians, including Chuck Mangione, David Sanchez, Ray Baretto, Nestor Torres, Chucho Valdes and Arturo Sandoval. "What makes this event even more special is that it moves to a different city every day, giving the public an opportunity experience jazz in different venues and with a variety of performers", say the organizers. The Jazz Festival is the most anticipated cultural event on the north coast and the only festival aimed at both tourist and local residents. For seven years, the DR Jazz Festival has been host to legendary musicians with impeccable technical production. As part of the festival, educational workshops with the performers geared to local youth are held, to encourage them to get involved in the arts.
www.drjazzfestival.com
Salinas hosts windsurfers & kiters
Champion windsurfer Pablito Guzman and the Cabarete Classic Team are taking their wind magic south to Las Salinas. Las Salinas, in southwestern province of Peravia, known for its excellent winds, warm temperatures and flat water, is preparing for the Pablito Guzman Windsurfing Event, 21-23 November. The town's patron saint festivities will welcome some of the best windsurfers from all around the country. The top six kiters from Cabarete, on the north coast, will be joining this event that is open to kiters and windsurfers alike. The Las Salinas Hotel is hosting the event. Slalom and formula racing are on the program, and a totally new category will match windsurfers and kiters.
Event categories:
Slalom: mini-juniors basic/girls/pro kids, juniors, women's slalom, sport class.
Formula: sport class.
Open Class Category (windsurfers against kiters) in open class slalom and open class formula.
See: www.cabarete-classic.com

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