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Information updated December 2009

February 09, 2010
  • Cigars and a cigar festival
  • Fly-In for Haiti
  • Cabarete Classic
  • Independencia Cycling Route
Cigars and a cigar festival
Hendrik Kelner, president of ProCigars, the association of leading cigar manufacturers in the Dominican Republic, says that the DR is the number one exporter of cigars to the United States, where it has 50% of the market share. The DR has a 40% share of the world market. He told El Dia newspaper that the US buys 75% of the world’s cigar production. The DR is producing 200 to 210 million cigars for export, and there are prospects for an increase in production this year. Kelner highlights the fact that cigars are the DR’s leading agricultural product, generating US$300 million a year. He announced that the third ProCigar Festival would take place this coming 15 to 19 February. The event starts in Casa de Campo, La Romana and continues in Santiago de los Caballeros, center of the country’s largest tobacco farms. See http://www.procigar.com
Fly-In for Haiti
Tourism with a humanitarian touch. A group of doctors landed yesterday in the the DR for a Fly-In organized by James Parker. Dominican pilot and heart specialist Douglas Bournigal is helping to coordinate the event. They had the fly-in planned anyway to the DR, so they decided to bring in some medical supplies to help Haiti. The mission of 25 US doctors landed at the La Isabela (Higuero) Joaquin Balaguer International Airport (AILI) in northern Santo Domingo. On their agenda is to visit historic sites in Santo Domingo, take in a dose of Dominican culture and then stay at a beach hotel in Punta Cana during their 4-day stay. The doctors have added a visit to the Love the Child orphanage in Haiti, which was set up by a doctor who works at Harvard University and located 20kms from the Dominican border town of Jimani.
Cabarete Classic
14-18 July 2010 is the new date for the 2010 Cabarete Classic that brings together competitors from all over the world, with events for kids and adults of all ages. The event is organized by Pablito Guzman and the Cabarete Classic Team. The competition categories for this event that brings together windsurfers and kitesurfers are:
1. Mini Juniors - basic (boys and girls under 12)
2. Mini Juniors - pro kids (12-14)
3. Juniors (15-17)
4. Women's Class (open for all ages)
5. Sport Class (open for all ages)
6. Open Class (open for all ages)
7. Master Class (40 and up)
8. Freestyle (open for all ages)
9. Freestyle - Kids (Under 14)
10. Formula Open Class (adult men)
11. Formula Sport Class (will be held only for 3 or more competitors) (adult men)
12. Unique Long Distance Race (from La Hermita to Cabarete, windsurfers and kitesurfers to compete against each other in a streamed downwind race)
For more information, see http://www.cabarete-classic.com
Independencia Cycling Route
The 1,300-kilometer Independence Road Cycling Tour, in its 31st year, starts Sunday, 21 February. The event ends 28 February. The tour is regarded as a leading cycling tour in the Caribbean and is in the top 5 for Latin America and the Caribbean. More than 200 cyclists from around the world are expected, including teams from Costa Rica, Canada, France, Guadeloupe, Puerto Rico, Grand Cayman, the US and Jamaica.
The cycle tour practically covers the entire Dominican Republic.
The event is registered as an America Continental Schedule, 2.2 UCI America Tour.
Cyclists set off from the Plaza Independencia. The event, which is being organized by the Dominican Cycling Federation with the support of the Ministry of Sports, is a celebration of the DR’s independence.
This year the stages are:
Stage 1, Sun 22 Feb:
Closed Circuit Av. 27 de Febrero, Av. Luperon, Av. J. F. Kennedy, Av. Nunez de Caceres. 120kms.
Stages 2/3, Mon 23 Feb:
9am. Ministry of Youth on Winston Churchill East to Boca Chica, Juan Dolio, San Pedro de Macoris, La Romana.
3pm. La Romana, Higuey Basilica.
Stage 3, Tues 24 Feb:
Higuey to El Seibo, Autovia del Este, Columbus Lighthouse.
Stage 4, Wed, 25 Feb:
9:30am from Ministry of Sports, Villa Altagracia, Bonao, San Francisco de Macoris.
Stage 5, Thurs, 26 Feb:
Moca, Santiago, Navarrete, El Tunel, Santiago, Jarabacoa.
Stage 6, Fri 27 Feb:
La Vega Cathedral to Bonao, Villa Altagracia, Santo Domingo (Intec University).
Stage 7, Sat 28 Feb:
Santo Domingo West Municipality, San Cristobal, Bani, Azua and Bani.
For more information, see http://www.fedoci.org

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