|September 21, 2010
- Tapas to celebrate Santo Domingo
- Super Pola in Punta Cana
- Costa Mediterranea to stop in La Romana
- Travel up in August
|Tapas to celebrate Santo Domingo
It's time for unique Dominican tapas. Drawing from the country's Spanish culinary heritage, chefs from leading restaurants have joined forces to tempt the palates of local gourmets with culinary surprises from 15 September to 14 October.
This is a continuation of the Dominican chefs' contribution to the celebration of Santo Domingo American Capital of Culture. After a first month offering fusion cuisine, now the restaurants under the Dominican Association of Restaurants (ADERES) have each produced five to seven simple tapas mostly using locally produced ingredients.
Participating restaurants are Angelo, Atarazana, Bistro, Boca Marina, Boga Boga, Buen Provecho, Caffe Milano, Cane, Casa Mencia, Museo del Jamon, Enzo, Fellini, Hard Rock Cafe, Il Capuccino, La Briciola, Marrana, Lincoln Road, Lolita, Marocha, Meson de Bari, El Meson de la Cava, Meson Iberia, Mijas, Mitre, Mei Gui, Neptunos, Olivo, Patepalo, Peperoni, Porter House, Samurai, Scherezade, Vesuvio Malecon and Vesuvio Tiradentes.
These special small dishes cost less than RD$200 each in all the restaurants.
To sample the tapas, just request the Santo Domingo American Capital of Culture menu from the maitre d'.
|Super Pola in Punta Cana
Pola Supermarket will be the anchor store of the San Juan Shopping Center that is scheduled to open in Punta Cana in November. The 60,000m2 shopping center will be opening with 83 shops on two floors. It will be on off to the north of Punta Cana's Boulevard del Este, at Km9 of Carretera Barcelo near the Coco Loco crossing. It will include seven Caribbean Cinema movie theaters and a Farmax pharmacy. Its food hall will include Pizza Hut, Haagen Daz and Helados Bon/Yogen Fruz.
San Juan Shopping Center is a joint Dominican-Puerto Rican investment valued at US$25 million.
|Costa Mediterranea to stop in La Romana
Starting this December and continuing through April 2011, Costa Cruises' Costa Mediterranea liner will be stopping at the La Romana Port every Tuesday. This is a new route for the cruise ship company that promises food, comfort and fun in true Italian style. The ship has capacity for 2,680 passengers. The itinerary takes tourists to Fort Lauderdale, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Catalina Island (La Romana) and Nassau in the Bahamas.
|Travel up in August
The Central Bank reports that the number of tourists traveling to the DR in August was up by 2.22% compared to last year. This increase represents an additional 7,247 tourists, for a total of 333,110 visitors in August 2010.
The Central Bank reports that during the first eight months of the year, air arrivals totaled 3,260,014 passengers, or 3.8% more than through August 2009. Statistics indicate that 119,243 more air arrivals came this year. Non-resident travelers totaled 2,949,596 for an increase of 2.94% compared to last year. Resident travel was up 12.67%, with 34,919 more Dominicans and resident Dominicans traveling this year than last year. Non-resident arrivals by foreigners were up 2.32%, or 57,835 more visitors.
In numbers, the Central Bank says that source countries that posted the better numbers for increases were the United States (60,706), Argentina (18,314), Puerto Rico (14,246), Brazil (9,939), Chile (9,014), Peru (6,515) and Venezuela (4,175).
There were declines in arrivals from Spain, the UK, Italy, France and Germany. There were increased from Russia (12,919), Scotland (1,698) and Sweden (1,698).
Punta Cana continues to be the airport of choice for most arrivals, with some 1,462,037 visitors, or 57.44% of all air arrivals. Las Americas in Santo Domingo was second, with 20.86%, followed by Puerto Plata 11.76%, Cibao 3.94%, La Romana 3.49% and Isabela (Santo Domingo) and Samana both with 2.5%.
The Central Bank reports that 64.5% of all tourist arrivals were between the ages of 21 and 49, and 54.5% women and 45.4% men.