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Information updated December 2009

January 19, 2010
  • Sailors in Cabarete donate for Haiti
  • Occupancy in Santo Domingo peaks
  • CHTA urges unity for action
  • Exchange program for Los Altos
  • Caribbean Fly In
Sailors in Cabarete donate for Haiti
Participants in the 8th Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta held 15 to 17 January in Cabarete donated RD$50,000 for Haiti. Sailors approached the organizing committee and asked to cancel the prize giving Bar B Q and instead donate the funds to the efforts to reconstruct Haiti.
Thirty-seven competitors came from Mexico, Japan, Sweden, Holland, the US, Canada, Spain and the DR. The event was organized by the Laser Training Center of Cabarete.
The event was won by the Dominican Republic's Pan American Games medallist, Raul Aguayo. Runner ups in the competition were Ari Barshi and Peter Shope.
Second was Ari Barshi, and third was Peter Shoppe of the United States. In Laser Radial, Alistair Thompson of New Zealand was first, followed by Fred Abels of the UK and Sebastian Bros of the DR. Dominican Eduardo Ariza placed first in Laser 4.7.
See http://www.caribwind.com/ltc/results/8th_%20Midwinter_Results.html
Occupancy in Santo Domingo peaks
With hundreds of foreign aid consultants coming to assist in the organizing and coordination of aid to Haiti, Santo Domingo hotels are experiencing peak occupancy for this period of the year. A report in Hoy indicates that over the weekend, of 12 hotels in the city most were 70-100% full. The DR has become a base for relief operations for Haiti. After spending a night in hotels in Santo Domingo, the travelers continue on by land to Jimani or Pedernales, Dajabon, or Monte Cristia nd Santiago Rodriguez crossing points.
CHTA urges unity for action
In a statement released on 12 January, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) expresses its endorsement and support for the renewed efforts towards unity between Caribbean governments now being proposed by Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) tourism ministers. The ministers' meeting took place here just prior to the beginning of Caribbean Marketplace 2010.
And while CHTA supports this proposed unity, we strongly assert that it must be "unity for action" in order to have any meaning whatsoever, say the ministers. The ministers stressed that in order to respond to the generalized economic downturn, and the preservation of the social and economic wellbeing of the people of the region, a marketing fund for the region needs to be put together.
While the governments of the Caribbean may have recognized the importance of tourism, the need for action now is critical for their economies.
CHTA strongly suggests that the CTO revisit the recommendation for a tax on airline passenger tickets to the Caribbean and additionally suggests that we use the precedent that has been set by the Travel Industry Association in the United States which recently instituted a $10 ticket tax to fund its US marketing and promotion efforts worldwide.
CHTA further suggests that a $10 ticket tax on all airline tickets for incoming passengers could be effectively split to enable individual governments to use $5 of each tax for its own destination marketing while allocating the other $5 to a sustainable marketing fund for the region.
The proposal was made during Caribbean Marketplace, attended by 1,311 delegates, with 391 booths and 306 attending supplier companies, a similar level to last year's.
Exchange program for Los Altos
Los Altos, the luxury residential development north of Altos de Chavon in Casa de Campo, La Romana is one of the first to affiliate with Interval International's new network, Preferred Residences. This branded luxury exchange program that seeks to group high-end fractionals, private residence clubs and condo-hotels. The program seeks to ensure that customers can swap their vacation weeks for others of similar luxury.
Caribbean Fly In
The Second Radio Controlled Aircraft Cup is scheduled for 29, 30 and 31 January in Santo Domingo. Organizers promise the competition will feature the world's most distinguished radio controlled pilots performing the ultimate scale stunts while amazing the audience with 100% extreme action. The Hobbyland flying field is located at a 20-minute driving distance from Santo Domingo at the Grupo Alonzo's site. Pilots are coming from several countries including the US, the UK, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Chile. For more information, see www.cfidr.com

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