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Information updated December 2009

March 09, 2010
  • In praise of Dominican cooking
  • Latin American Golf Championship
  • Basketball sports tourism event
  • All about tourism clusters
In praise of Dominican cooking
Actor Larenz Tate has gone on the record with his praise for Dominican cuisine. As reported in the Chicago Tribune, Tate recently commented on his vacation to the DR, describing it as his "favorite vacation destination."
"My friend has a really nice place in the Dominican Republic, so we went to visit and had an amazing time! It's a place I look forward to visiting again. I had been working in cold New York City forever and wanted to go somewhere nice and warm. They feed you nonstop in the DR, and all the food is delicious so you can't resist eating all the time," he says.
Tate explains that in the DR, "People are cooking all day long - fried plantains, deep-fried chicken, black beans, peas, all kinds of rice, vegetables, potatoes and shrimp. ... It can be a starchfest sometimes, but the fresh fruit like the mangoes and papayas are out of this world. I got a kick out of all the coconut trees there and just being able to drink all the fresh coconut milk. It can be paradise there, but there's also a very poor part of the country. I was able to take a helicopter ride to see the terrain, which was beautiful, but you can also see the poverty".
Larenz Tate has been in Oscar-winning films and critically acclaimed TV shows ("Ray," "Crash," "Rescue Me"). Tate loves to travel with his family.
Latin American Golf Championship
The Latin American Golf Championship produced by Golf Channel will take place in the Dominican Republic on Saturday, 10 April. It will take place at the La Estancia Golf & Resort course in La Romana. During the competition, four Dominicans will be chosen to represent the DR in the finals of the Championship that will take place in Panama. 11 other countries are participating. The championship brings together amateur players.
Basketball sports tourism event
Teams from the Caribbean and Central America are coming for the Centrobasket Championship to be staged at the Palacio de los Deportes Virgilio Travieso Soto from 5 to 11 July in Santo Domingo.
A record 10 national teams will be participating:
British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United States Virgin Islands. Belize or Costa Rica may also play.
The Dominican Republic was officially approved last week as the host of the championship that is the qualifier for the Central American & Caribbean region for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship (Pre-Olympic). The DR chose to host the event for another chance at making it to the Olympics.
The Palacio de los Deportes Virgilio Travieso Soto previously hosted the 2005 FIBA Americas Championship.
The top four teams from the Championship shall qualify for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship (Pre-Olympic), the top eight for the 2010 CAC Games in Mayagez, Puerto Rico, and the top three for the 2011 Pan American Games scheduled for Guadalajara, Mexico.
For more on upcoming events, see http://www.dr1.com/calendar
All about tourism clusters
The Dominican Republic is hosting the first The Competitiveness Institute (TCI) thematic conference on tourism clusters. The event is set for the Barcelo Bavaro Convention Center this coming 7-10 April. Tourism cluster practitioners are coming from all around the world. Registration is still open through 15 March for the event. The event is organized by the National Competitiveness Council and TCI. TCI is the leading global network for practitioners, policy makers, researchers and business leaders working towards improving competitiveness in regions and clusters.
To register and for the event program, see http://www.drtourismclusters.com/drtc/en/tci

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