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April 7, 2009
  • Guided bird walks in the Botanico
  • Puntacana Resort & Club award
  • DR DATE: Selling Dominican vacations
  • Thermal spa in Canoa
Guided bird walks in the Botanico
The Society of Ornithology of Hispaniola has been guiding bird walks in the Santo Domingo Botanical Garden for the past 5 years. The walks, which are free and open to the public, are held the first Sunday of every month and start at 7 am.
This is an excellent opportunity to become familiar with the common birds of the island, such as the Palm Chat,(the national bird), the Hispaniolan Woodpecker, the Hispaniolan Lizard Cuckoo, and both the Antillean Mangoa Hummingbird and the Vervain Hummingbird. The Vervain, with the charming local name, Zumbadorcito, is the second smallest bird in the world. A check list prepared by the Society is available. Some binoculars are available.
In May, the walk will change date and place. On 10 May, the Society of Ornithology of Hispaniola has organized a visit to one of the newest of the National Parks, the Wetlands of the Rio Ozama. The meeting place is the parking lot of the Botanical Garden at 6:30am. The bird watchers group will drive thru Villa Mella and La Victoria to enter a landscape of river, small lagoons and water birds.
Puntacana Resort & Club award
Puntacana Resort & Club won the Regional Award for the Cleanest Production 2008 granted by the Commission for Central American Environment and Development . The commission works for sustainable development in Central America and the Caribbean, strengthening cooperation and integration for environmental management. Puntacana Resort & Club was best in the Caribbean in the category "materials", for PESCA, its environmentally sustainable coastal areas management. PESCA's mission is to protect and restore the coral reefs of Punta Cana by involving fishermen and other stakeholders in the monitoring, regulation and conservation efforts in Punta Cana. The resort competed against 71 other projects presented by entities in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the DR.
DR DATE: Selling Dominican vacations
The leading Dominican hotel-stay booking event, DR Date opens with a welcome reception on Monday, 20 April at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro at 7pm. The event is organized by the National Association of Hotels & Restaurants (Asonahores).
Participants include buyers (international wholesalers, tour operators, incentive groups sellers, and charters operators), suppliers of tourism services in the Dominican Republic and the press.
Buyers from around the world will be holding scheduled appointments all day on Tuesday, 21 and 22 April at the Barcelo Bavaro Convention Center. Also on the program is a Punta Cana Fashion Week launch, and a Dominican evening for all delegates at the Paradisus Palma Real. On Wednesday, 22 April there will be a working lunch with a presentation on sustainable tourism sponsored by the Dominican Republic's First Lady Office.
For more information, see http://www.drdate.net
Thermal spa in Canoa
President Leonel Fernandez has sent to Congress the requested addendum to the contract for the 99-year lease of land in Barahona province to an Italian company for the construction of a thermal spa in the sulphur water springs in Canoa. The contract with Terme de la Salamanda was signed on 6 August 2007, but legislators requested the inclusion of a construction timeline. The parties agree that the investor needs to submit all paperwork required with the ministries of Tourism, Environment and the municipal government within 12 months. The company commits to construct the wellness project and start operations within 10 years. The company has said it will be investing US$1.5 billion into the project. The project had the strong backing of the Barahona Tourism Cluster, and is seen as the most important tourism project envisioned for the area.
The bill now needs to be studied by Congress that is about to concentrate on the constitutional reform.

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