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October 5, 2010
  • Historic shipwrecks museum
  • Opportunities for health tourism
  • Liza Minnelli at the National Theater
  • DR Golf Open 2010
Historic shipwrecks museum
A museum exhibiting artifacts recovered from shipwrecks in the DR is now open in Samana city. The museum was built under the direction of Deep Blue Marine, the historic ship recovery company, vice presidents Randy Champion and Allan Baird. The opening exhibition includes artifacts from Le Scipion, a French warship that fought in the American War of Independence, as well as several other major historical wrecks.
The museum is equipped with a state-of-the-art conservation lab. A well-stocked gift shop has been added especially for visitors from the estimated 100 cruise ships that are scheduled to dock at Samana starting mid October.
The museum was built by Deep Blue Marine, Inc., the company that has the exploration and rescue concession for underwater explorations in the DR.
Opportunities for health tourism
YPartnership is informing travel planners about the solid trend for health tourism among US travelers. Health or medical tourism is defined as travel to another country to receive medical, surgical or dental care for either personal or financial reasons. The YPartnership 2010 Portrait of American Travelers shows that 50% of leisure travelers are now familiar with the concept of health tourism, and 17% would consider having a medical procedure done outside the US, assuming it is of comparable quality. Another 22% is not sure, suggesting they would be open to considering this as an alternative.
The escalating cost of major medical care in the US is the primary motive. Of those taking medical tourism trips, 84% cite the lower cost as the primary reason for their decision. The bulletin points out that savings can be up to 70%.
Of those polled who have gone on medical tourism trips, 66% mention having received comparable or even better quality of care. And 43% cite access to medical treatments or procedures that are not covered by their insurance at home. 41% mention shorter waiting periods to access care. 22% cite access to experimental or non-FDA approved treatments and/or concerns about privacy (20%).
YPartnership mentions that 7% of US travelers would be interested in traveling to Puerto Rico for major medical care where the financial incentives are comparable and the travel time considerably less. The survey says that Canada is the number one choice among the top 10 countries. Others are: UK, Germany, Sweden, France, Mexico, India, Singapore, Costa Rica and Brazil.
Liza Minnelli at the National Theater
Legendary award-winning singer and actress (Tony, Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globes, Grammy) Liza Minnelli is coming to the DR for the Funglode International Film Festival. The Festival is booked for the National Theater on 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 November. Some 30 films will be screened during the event. Liza Minnelli is scheduled for her own performance at the end of the Festival on 22 November.
Tickets are on sale as of 11 November. See
For more information on ongoing and upcoming events in the DR, see
DR Golf Open 2010
The Dominican Republic Golf Open 2010 will be held between the 9th and 14th of November at Las Canas and Los Corales golf clubs in Punta Cana Resort & Club, announced Dominican Federation of Golf president Juan Cohen. He says this would be the first Dominican Open.
Golfers from Latin America, the Caribbean, US, Europe and the DR will play in the amateur and pro categories. There will be US$85,000 in awards money and prizes up to 30th place.
The event will be sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism.
Cohen says that there will be awards for the first three places, and an overall award in the amateur category.
For booking information, see Punta Cana Resort & Club at

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