I Was Fired By The Airlines. This Guide Is My Revenge!
It's so easy for me to fly for less, it's like taking candy from a helpless baby! I spend almost next to nothing on all my travels, and my jaw drops every time as I watch what others just like you are paying for your tickets.
Information updated December 2009

January 12, 2010
  • Ikea announces opening for February
  • Martinair increases its flights
  • Bellydancing at Casa de Campo
  • Punta Cana in Top 50 searched destinations
  • 1st TCI Global Conference on Tourism Clusters
Ikea announces opening for February
Ikea announced it will open in February. This will be the first Ikea in Latin America and the Caribbean. The mega furniture and interior decoration store is located at the intersection of John F. Kennedy almost corner Abraham Lincoln. General manager Maria Amarante Martinez said that US$80 million has been invested. "Consumers will find absolutely everything: ideas, inspiration, and articles for decorating the home," she says. The opening of Ikea will strengthen the positioning of Santo Domingo as an attractive shopping mecca.
Martinair increases its flights
Into its 20th year flying to Santo Domingo, Martinair announced it would increase its flights to six a week. Martinair has transported half a million European tourists over the past 10 years, and more than 10 million kilograms of air cargo. Joris Wels, executive vice president of Martinair Holland announced that the airline is strengthened after Air France and KLM aviation group purchased the majority of Martinair shares. Martinair says that in the next years it will be adding six new A330-300 to its fleet. Martinair recently celebrated its 20 years flying to the Dominican Republic from Amsterdam. Martinair has flights to Dominican airports with stopovers in Cuba and the Netherlands Antilles. Martinair offers connections through Schiphol Airport of Amsterdam, named the best airport in Europe in 2009.
Bellydancing at Casa de Campo
The Festival Isis, a week of performances by expert belly dancers, daily shows and workshops is booked for Casa de Campo. The event brings some of the leading performers of the oriental art to Plaza Chavon to end with a concert at the amphitheater. The event is set for 15-21 March. The hotel has put together a special package for participants.
See http://www.festivalisis.com
Punta Cana in Top 50 searched destinations
Punta Cana is included in the Top 50 Most Searched for Destinations from US airports.
In the Caribbean and the Bahamas, the most searched for destinations are Cancun, Mexico (11th), Nassau, Bahamas (30th) San Juan, Puerto Rico (33rd) and Punta Cana (38th). Also listed for the Caribbean are Montego Bay, Jamaica (42nd) and Havana, Cuba (49th).
See http://www.skyscanner.com/news/articles/2010/01/...
The Top 50 listed for 2010 are:
1. London, UK
2. New York City
3. Las Vegas, NV
4. Paris, France
5. Dublin, Ireland
6. Los Angeles, CA
7. Orlando, FL
8. Rome, Italy
9. Madrid, Spain
10. Miami, FL
11. Cancun, Mexico
12. Frankfurt, Germany
13. Honolulu, HI
14. San Francisco, CA
15. Amsterdam, Netherlands
16. San Jose, CA
17. Barcelona, Spain
18. Manchester, UK
19. Sydney, Australia
20. Johannesburg, South Africa
21. Bangkok, Thailand
22. Fort Lauderdale, FL
23. Lima, Peru
24. Buenos Aires, Argentina
25. Chicago, IL
26. Tel Aviv, Israel
27. Athens, Greece
28. Munich, Germany
29. Milan, Italy
30. Nassau, Bahamas
31. Vancouver, BC
32. Berlin, Germany
33. San Juan, PR
34. Tokyo, Japan
35. Seattle, WA
36. Washington DC
37. Auckland, New Zealand
38. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
39. Toronto, ON
40. Edinburgh, UK
41. Krakow, Poland
42. Montego Bay, Jamaica
43. Denver, CO
44. Mexico City
45. Melbourne, Australia
46. Copenhagen, Denmark
47. Fort Myers, FL
48. Glasgow, UK
49. Havana, Cuba
50. Venice, Italy
1st TCI Global Conference on Tourism Clusters
1st TCI Global Conference on Tourism Clusters
"World Class Sustainable Competitive Tourism Clusters"
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, 7-10 April 2010

Tourism cluster practitioners and tourism professionals from all over the world will meet in Punta Cana this coming 7-10 April 2010 conference. The event is hosted by the National Competitiveness Council of the Dominican Republic.
The 1st global thematic conference on tourism clusters will be held under the general theme "World Class Sustainable Competitive Tourism Clusters." The conference will bring together cluster practitioners, researchers, international experts and tourism professionals from all over the world, to discuss the main issues and the latest trends on promoting competitiveness through local development and clusters in one of the most important global industries.
For four intense days, practitioners will be dedicated to networking, deepening knowledge and exchanging ideas, best practices and lessons learned throughout the world, and also experiencing on-site tourism clustering in one of the top destinations in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic.
TCI is the global practicioners network for competitiveness, clusters and innovation.
See www.tci-network.org
Registration is now open at www.drtourismclusters.com
For more information, write to Maria Victoria Abreu at [email protected]

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