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November 9, 2010
  • The Russians are coming
  • Holidays in the Dominican Republic
  • Casa de Campo recognized by travel agents
  • Jazz in Puerto Plata
The Russians are coming
Punta Cana International Airport celebrated the arrival of the first regular flight from Russia to the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, 3 November. Aeroflot flight AFL337 flew in from Sheremetyevo (SVO) airport in Moscow. Aeroflot is flying Russian visitors to the DR on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The airline flies direct from Moscow using an Airbus A330 with capacity for 280 passengers.
On Sunday, 7 November, AeroSvit Airlines also began a new flight, this time from Boryspil Airport (KBP) in Kiev. This is the main airport in Ukraine.
Transaero has been serving the Russian routes for several years now. It began its winter charter flights with arrivals on Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and two flights on Thursday and Sunday, for seven Transaero flights a week from Domodedovo Airport (DME) in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
In total, Punta Cana is served by nine flights a week from Moscow and one from Kiev. Russian tourists have been visiting the DR in significant numbers since 2005. There were 14,233 arrivals that year and numbers have grown steadily since then.
Year    Pax          %
2010    47,674*
2009    49,752    25.2
2008    39,734    85.3
2007    21,440    30.3
2006    16,459    15.6
2005    14,233
* January-September
Holidays in the Dominican Republic
If you were looking forward to the long holiday weekends, the news is not so good this year. The Christmas holidays fall on Saturday or Sunday, as do many other holidays, such as New Year's Day (Saturday, 1 January), Independence Day (Sunday, 27 February), Our Lady of Mercedes (Saturday, 24 September), Constitution Day (Sunday, 6 November), and Christmas Day (25 December).
There will be only five long weekends this year, 7-10 January for Three Kings Day, 21-24 January for La Altagracia & Duarte days, 22-24 April for Easter, 23-25 June for Corpus Christi, and 12-15 August for Restoration Day.
For the complete calendar of holidays in the DR in 2011, see
Casa de Campo recognized by travel agents
Travel agents worldwide have chosen Casa de Campo as the 2010 World's Leading Golf Resort, 2010 Caribbean's Leading Golf Resort, 2010 Dominican Republic's Leading Golf Resort and 2010 Dominican Republic's Leading Resort. The La Romana resort was recognized as part of the 17th World Travel Awards ceremony. The distinction follows the hotel's extensive renovation in 2010.
The announcement was made at the Grand Finale 2010 Ceremony at London's Grosvenor House hotel. The event has been described as "The Oscars of the Travel Industry" by the Wall Street Journal. WTA 2010 nominations featured 5,000 companies in 1,000 categories across 162 countries. The winners were selected by thousands of industry professionals and consumers worldwide who have been voting online.
Claudio Silvestri, CEO of Premier Resorts & Hotels that operates Casa de Campo, received the award.
Casa de Campo has also been honored every year since 2001.
Jazz in Puerto Plata
The 11th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival 2010 will take place in Santiago and Cabarete Beach in Puerto Plata on 25, 26 and 27 November. The event opens on Thursday, 25 November at 4pm with a jazz workshop at the Centro Leon cultural center in Santiago. The formal opening is scheduled for 8:30pm at the Centro Leon. Tickets for this performance with Miguel Andres Tejada Trio of the DR and John Benitez Quintet (Puerto Rico-USA) cost RD$300.
On Friday, there will be master classes at 3pm at Cabarete Beach, and in the evening, Sandy Gabriel Group (DR) and Danilo Perez Trio (Panama) will perform free at Cabarete Beach as of 8:30pm.
On Saturday, there will be jazz clinics for students, and youth concerts at 11am at Cabarete Beach. On Saturday on Cabarete Beach, Chucho Valdes & Afro-Cuban Messengers (Cuba) will perform free of charge as of 8:30pm.
The event is being sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, Cabarete Events, the Sosua and Cabarete Hotels and Restaurants Association (Ashoresoca), Ferreteria Ochoa and Viva Wyndham hotels, among others.
To book a hotel in Cabarete, see

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