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June 15, 2010
  • Promoting cultural heritage
  • Expo Mango in Bani
  • Ministry of Tourism redesigns its site
  • Hurricane season scares
Promoting cultural heritage
French Ambassador Roland Dubertrand introduced Strabon-Caribe to the DR at an event at the French Embassy last week. Strabon Caribbean is a multimedia platform that gathers information, promotes and protects cultural heritage in the Caribbean. The digital magazine prioritizes sustainable tourism and eco-friendly activities complemented by virtual tours, interviews and mini-documentaries.
The French Embassy and the Santo Domingo Tourism Cluster signed a cooperation agreement to develop the initiative in the DR, with the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Culture.
The agreement was signed by French Ambassador Dubertrand in representation of the French government, Jean-Luc Lory, coordinator of Strabon-Caribbean, and by Freddy Ginebra, coordinator of the Santo Domingo Cluster, Esteban Guillen, who was appointed as the project coordinator in the DR, and Roddy Perez, administrator for Strabon Caribbean Dominican Republic.
The project was inspired by the Strabon Mediterranean program, a multilingual Euro-Mediterranean initiative. The project seeks to share knowledge on the material and intangible cultural heritage of the region.
Also participating in the Caribbean are St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda and Trinidad & Tobago.
http://rep-dom.strabon-caraibes.org/
Expo Mango in Bani
One of the tastiest exhibitions in the Dominican Republic, ExpoMango 2010 will again take place in Bani from Thursday, 17 June through Sunday, 20 June. A group of institutions linked to the mango industry in the Dominican Republic has successfully organized the ExpoMango fair since 2005. This activity promotes and encourages mango production, processing, marketing and consumption, both locally and internationally. Producers, dealers and people in general get to interact in both scientific and educational activities. The event features topics like the genetic diversity and technological innovations in the cultivation of mango. The event takes place at the city hall plaza (Plaza del Ayuntamiento). On Saturday, 19 June there will be visits to plantations and tasting of dishes. On Sunday, there will be a contest with an award for the best landscape.
For more on this event and upcoming events, see http://www.dr1.com/calendar
Ministry of Tourism redesigns its site
The Ministry of Tourism has uploaded new design and content for its godominicanrepublic.com website. The new site offers the facility of building one's own dream vacation in the DR, and information on what to do, where to go, accommodation, travel information, what's hot, cool stuff section and more.
Hurricane season scares
The link to follow as the 2010 Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season unfolds is the last page at www.dr1.com/forums/weather-beyond/102242-h-season-outlooks-2010-a.html right here on dr1.com.
Mike Fisher is providing excellent insight into weather conditions developing in the area. He operates a sports fishing business in Punta Cana and has to keep up to date on the weather forecast for the safety of his clients.
The hurricane season in the Caribbean lasts from June through November, with September historically being the peak month for the storms. The DR has been hit by 11 hurricanes in almost 80 years.
Tourists should consider themselves fortunate if they "luck out" and are here during a hurricane. It will be the adventure and the story of a lifetime. Take note, hotels are well prepared. With the exception of north coast hotels, most hotels in the DR have already weathered a hurricane. Your safety will in no way be compromised as long as you follow the management's instructions.
For background information and other links to follow the big storms in the DR, see www.dr1.com/weather/hurricanes.shtml

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