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August 31, 2010
  • DR makes top 10 for Russian tourists
  • Official opening for Nikki Beach
  • Best Sommelier of the World competition
  • DR Jazz Festival announced
DR makes top 10 for Russian tourists
The Dominican Republic is the 9th most popular destination for Russian tourists, according to the Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) and Rosturizm (Russian Federal Agency of Tourism). According to the experts, a record number of Russian tourists are forecast to go on holiday abroad in this summer season 2010.
Tops in popularity for Russian tourists are Turkey, Egypt, Spain, Greece, Thailand, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Tunisia (tied for 7th), Montenegro and Croatia (tied for 8th), the DR and Czech Republic.
As reported, in June the number of Russian tourists increased by 20% in European countries, compared to a decline of 15-18% last year. The highest growth of Russian tourist flow is on the Maldives (+80%), Thailand (+70%) and in Cuba (+50%).
Preliminary estimates of ATOR say that more than 5 million Russian citizens chose to spend their holidays abroad. More than half went to Egypt and Turkey.
Official opening for Nikki Beach
Nikki Beach is slated for a Thursday, 2 September opening in Cabarete Beach in Puerto Plata. Ritmo Social, the social magazine of the Listin Diario, advanced that Chris Noth, of the Sex and the City, will be at the grand opening white party. Earlier in August, the club toasted that Sir Richard Branson celebrated his son Sam's 25th birthday at Nikki Beach in Cabarete during a soft opening night. Branson is the man behind the Virgin Group (Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Records, etc. He is listed as the 261st richest person in the world, according to Forbesí 2009 list of billionaires.
Best Sommelier of the World competition
The Best Sommelier of the World competition, organized by the Worldwide Sommeliers Association (WSA) will take place in Santo Domingo from 11 to 18 October. The event is held every 2 years. In Santo Domingo, Thomas Sartori, is organizing the event. Participating countries are Germany, Israel, New Zealand, France, England, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Spain, Cuba, Hungary and the European Union.
The Worldwide Sommelier Association (WSA) is an association of world sommeliers, established under the auspices of Associazione Italiana Sommelier. Its goals are to promote wine and food culture by bringing together under one banner the most renown and acclaimed associations already established around the world.
Simone Pinton, maitre of Restaurante Sale Fino in Santo Domingo, won the 2010 best Dominican sommelier award this year
For more information, see www.worldsommelier2010.com
DR Jazz Festival announced

The organizers of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival have released the dates for the 2010 version. The event will take place on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 November at Cabarete Beach in Puerto Plata. And on Sunday, 28 November at the Gran Teatro del Cibao in Santiago. Over the years, leading jazz performers from the United States and the Caribbean have participated.
The program will be posted soon at http://www.drjazzfestival.com/

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