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June 23, 2009
  • BTC opens 2 July
  • Continental new flights
  • Spirit begins flight to Santiago
  • American Optimist Championship
BTC opens 2 July
The 13th Caribbean Tourism Bourse (BTC) will take place Thursday, 2 July through Saturday, 4 July at the convention area of the Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino. The trade show specializes in emerging markets, namely Central America, South America, the Caribbean and other new-to-market countries.
Luis Felipe Aquino, president of the BTC, highlights these will be two days of work for tourism professionals with events focused on fostering, promoting, marketing and developing tourism in the region.
On the program are professional meetings, personalized appointments, seminars, tourism product presentations, business center discussions and conferences.
For the first time, this year, an Americas Real Estate Expo 2009 will be held with the sponsorship of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) of the United States, with two real estate workshops included in the program.
For more information, see http://www.btc.com.do
Continental new flights
Laura Mallen, general manager of Continental Airline in the DR, announced an increase in the airline's summer flights. There will now be two daily flights departing Las Americas International Airport. A first flight leaves at 12:10pm, arriving Newark in New Jersey at 16:15pm, and a second at 6:38pm, arriving Newark at 10:43pm.
Likewise, for summer there are now two daily flights to Punta Cana-Newark route, five days a week. Service to Puerto Plata is maintained. Continental has been flying to the DR for 20 years now, having started service in 1989.
Spirit begins flight to Santiago
Manuel Jaquez, Spirit Airlines Latin American director, is betting on becoming the preferred choice for connecting with Central America, Colombia, Peru and South America for those living in Santiago and the central Cibao area of the DR. Spirit recently began flights on the Santiago-Fort Lauderdale route, departing the Cibao International Airport in Santiago (STI) three times a week with very competitive fares. Alfredo Gonzalez, vice president, tourism and international business of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Fort Lauderdale traveled to Santiago to promote Fort Lauderdale to the Cibao travelers.
American Optimist Championship
The Dominican sailing community is up to the challenge to present the IODA North American Optimist Championship from 30 June to 8 July in Boca Chica, the beach community east of Santo Domingo.
Some 198 sailors from 23 countries around the world are expected for the event that gathers some of the best junior sailors (up to 15 years category) in the region.
Eduardo Verdeja, president of the Dominian Optimist Association, heads the organizing committee.
Participants are coming from the Netherlands Antilles, Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, the United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.
The members of the national team are: Erick Holmbom, Paloma Esteban, Eduardo Ariza, Rodrigo Delgado, Sebastian Bros, Justina Pacheco, Alina Nordbruch, Natali Nordbruch, Nicole Reitzel, Nicolas Moreno, Joan Mella and Paula Varona. Coaches are Rulo Borojovich and Jato Ocariz.
The event is sponsored by the Dominican Optimist Association (ADO), the Dominican Sailing Federation (FDV) under the supervision of the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA).
The executive committee is Eduardo Verdeja, director general; Juan Lehoux, treasurer; Omar Bros, marketing director; Andres Santana, technical director.
See http://www.optinam2009.org/app/do/frontpage.aspx

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