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Information updated December 2009


December 29, 2009
  • Traffic up at Punta Cana International
  • Long weekends in 2010
  • The Republic of Golf
  • Roncierto Brugal
Traffic up at Punta Cana International
Air access makes all the difference in the tourism industry, and air traffic to Punta Cana continues to rise. The airport has announced a 5% increase in seat capacity on flights into the east coast airport. PUJ airport has the greatest volume of traffic in the country and is served by the largest number of airlines for a single airport in the Caribbean.
For 2010, 363 additional flights are announced, for a 5.7% growth compared to the 6,378 registered or the high winter season in 2009. Availability of seats into PUJ is increasing by 66,874, or 5.1% more compared to the 1.3 million seats that were available for the 2008-2009 winter season. Some 6,741 flights with 1,371,794 seats have been scheduled.
Cicom press service says that the leading markets are the US and Canada. There will be a 4.3% increase in flights from the US and 7.8% in number of seats, for 4,117 flights and 239,000 seats. American Airlines and US Airways lead in regular flights into the PUJ airport. Delta is in third place.
From Canada, there will be 2,118 flights, up 10.1%, with 406,000 seats (up 9.2%), or 34,000 more seats. Air Transat is the principal carrier, with 125,000 seats, which nevertheless is down 10% compared to last year. Air Canada added 10 flights. Also flying in from Canada are Canjet and Sunwing.
From Latin America, flights are also increasing, up 11.4% going from 514 flights to 573. The number of seats increases 11.8%, going from 79,000 to 89,000. Copa is the leading airline serving the market, with 3,875 seats, up 16%, and 25 additional flights. Starting this winter, Gol from Brazil offers 56 flights and 7,616 seats, Lanperu has 38 flights and 6,384 seats, Principal from Chile with 18 flights and 2,250 seats, and Avianca of Colombia with 47 flights and 7,617 seats.
Long weekends in 2010
Take note of Dominican holidays and vacation days for 2010. These are important to know because long weekends are peak travel times for Dominicans. This year, long weekends are scheduled for New Year's (through 4 January), and then again in January when Altagracia Day merges with Duarte Day. Then in April, Easter comes along at the start of the month. June opens with Corpus Christi Day long weekend. And there is another long weekend in August, for Restoration Day. September brings the Mercedes Day holiday that falls on a Friday, making for extra vacation days. Note that Christmas for 2010 is extra long, since Christmas Eve falls on a Friday. Ditto for New Year's, with New Year's Eve falling on a Friday.
For more details on holidays in 2010, see http://dr1.com/travel/prepare/holidays.shtml
The Republic of Golf
The Republic of Golf circulated its Golf Digest in November with information on golf courses in the Dominican Republic. The Ministry of Tourism sponsored the publication. Evelyn Paiewonsky, e-marketing director for the Ministry, said that in addition to the circulation of 300,000 with the magazine, an additional 20,000 were received to be distributed by the Dominican Tourism Promotion Offices abroad. The 12-page publication carries information on 25 golf courses in the DR located in Punta Cana, La Romana, Santo Domingo, Juan Dolio, Puerto Plata, Santiago and Jarabacoa.
Roncierto Brugal
The traditional Roncierto Brugal, the New Year's Eve bash on 31 December, will feature bands playing salsa, merengue and bachata this year. The concert is in its 10th year. For the evening, starting at 9pm, the Johnny Ventura, El Jeffrey, Luis Vargas, Los Hermanos Rosario, Tono Rosario and Raulin Rosendo bands will put on a free show for the Dominican public. The production will be televised on Supercanal 33 and Supercanal Caribe for the United States. It is booked for the front gardens of the Columbus Lighthouse on the eastern side of the Ozama River.
For more on upcoming events, see www.dr1.com/calendar

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