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December 8, 2009
  • Beyonce to perform in the DR
  • Travel now before fares go up!
  • Puerto Plata's infrastructure to do list
  • National Theater Christmas events
Beyonce to perform in the DR
US singing star Beyonce was in La Romana last week to celebrate her husband Jay-Z's 40th birthday at Casa de Campo. Her visit coincided with her having received 10 nominations for the Grammy awards that will be presented in Los Angeles on January 31. The good news is that Beyonce is booked for a DR performance at the Olympic Stadium in Santo Domingo on 20 March 2010 as part of her 2010 World Tour. Only 15,000 tickets are being put on sale even though the stadium has the capacity for upwards of 40,000. This is a VIP Music Enterprise production. In Santo Domingo, Beyonce will be singing songs from her new CD, "I Am... Sasha Fierce."
She was nominated for:
Album of the Year - I am...Sasha Fierce
Record of the Year - 'Halo'
Song of the Year - 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)'
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance - 'Halo'
Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)'
Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance - 'At Last'
Best R&B Song - 'Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)'
Best Contemporary R&B Album - I Am... Sasha Fierce
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration - 'Ego' (featuring Kanye West)
Best Song Written for Motion Pictures, Television or other Visual Media - 'Once In a Lifetime' (from Cadillac Records).
For ticketing information on her Santo Domingo performance, see www.ticketexpress.com.do
Travel now before fares go up!
According to the ITB World Travel Trends Report, airfares are likely to go up. The report notes that "current airline prices are clearly too low to allow airlines to become profitable again", so travelers should make the most of the good fares while they exist.
Despite the worldwide recession, the ITB World Travel Trends Report expects commercial aviation to grow dynamically over the next two decades. The Chinese market is predicted to expand by around 8.4% annually, followed by the rest of the Asia-Pacific region (6.9%) and South America (estimated at 6.4%). The European market is forecast to grow by 3.4%, lagging significantly behind the expected global average growth rate of 4.9%.
Martin Buck, Vice President of Competence Center Travel & Logistics, Messe Berlin: "The currently unanswered question facing the world's airline industries is whether price-conscious consumers will continue to drive the downgrading trend we are seeing in bookings, or whether we will witness a return to the situation we had before the worldwide economic and financial crisis began. It also remains to be seen whether companies will limit their business travel to a minimum and how video conferences and other new forms of communication technology will influence travel behavior."
According to Dr. Martin Buck the recession has already had a positive effect: "The over-capacity of the world's airline industries has been reduced and older planes which consume large amounts of kerosene have been taken out of service. In the short term a full recovery of demand is unlikely. Describing the situation he added that "flat is the new growth".
Puerto Plata's infrastructure to do list
Playa Dorada Hotels Association president Roberto Casoni told members of a recent press trip to Puerto Plata that the area's priorities are the restoration of the historic downtown, the cruise ship port, the Navarrete-Puerto Plata highway expansion and the Gaspar Hernandez-Nagua highway improvements. He praised the government for investments that have been made in infrastructure.
"Prices are not determined by the hotel, but by the destination. The hotels are forced to lower their prices when the destination is not perceived as exclusive and of high value," said the businessman. He said several hotels still required remodeling, but if the numbers are not there, the owners will not make the investment. He said that Puerto Plata was affected by a price war. Casoni also spoke of the need to improve the side attractions in Puerto Plata. Furthermore, he said that an obstacle to tourism in the area is the high rates charged by hotel taxis, discouraging tourists from touring the Puerto Plata area on their own.
National Theater Christmas events
The festive season opens at the National Theater with Christmas carol singing by Coro Teatro, a 90-voice choir and a quartet of musicians directed by Mayra Peguero. Soloists for the evening are sopranos Pura Tayson, Maryam de Soto, tenor Luis Guillermo Puello and baritone Arturo Lamarche. The choir will perform at the entrance steps of the National Theater. The recital is part of the Long Night of Museums event set for 10 December. That evening, a selection of leading museums nationwide will be open from 9am to midnight, with free admission.
Choreographer Carlos Veitia promises a new Dominican adaptation of the Christmas-time favorite "The Nutcracker" at the National Theater on 11, 12, 13 December. Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann's tale, set to Tchaikovsky's music will be danced to by a selection of some of the best Dominican and guest dancers. These include Maikel Acosta, Lisbell Piedra, Maria Valeria Melogno and Stephanie Bauger, plus international guest Lucas Segovia. This production is directed by Marinella Sallent, with Magaly Rodriguez designing the costumes, Fidel Lopez in charge of scenery, lighting by Bienvenido Miranda and graphics by Fernely Lebron.
Leading dancers from several ballet companies are participating, including the Academia Ballet Concierto, Academia de Ballet Anna Pavlova, Academia de Ballet Los Prados, Ballet Clasico Santiago, Ballet de Camara Ileana Balmori, Ballet Folklorico Nacional, Ballet Teatro Dominicano, Conservatorio de Danzas Alina Abreu and Escuela Nacional de Danza. For more on upcoming events, see http://www.dr1.com/calendar

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