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May 17, 2011
  • Travelocity Names top 10 family destinations for summer 2011
  • JetBlue's new Boston flights
  • Caribbean Fashion Week
  • Cigar tasting at Quality Hotel Real Santo Domingo
  • First quarter travel numbers up
Travelocity Names top 10 family destinations for summer 2011
The Dominican Republic was included in Travelocity's list of Top Ten Summer Family Destinations released on 13 May to coincide with Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer travel in the US. The website says the preference is for families to travel to beach destinations in the US and the Caribbean. The DR is listed in 10th place.
Travelocity says on the Dominican Republic: "Rounding out the top 10 most popular summer destinations for families is the Dominican Republic and it's no wonder. There are many direct flights to Dominican Republic every day, so towing the kiddies and all their stuff is no problem. Plus, Dominican Republic resorts come in every shape, size and price range," reports the website. The DR is listed as with an average daily rate: US$161.
Other destinations are Orlando theme parks, Florida; Honolulu, Maui, Kauai, Kona in Hawaii; Cancun and Puerto Vallarta (Mexico), Bahamas, Turks & Caicos.
JetBlue's new Boston flights
JetBlue has announced plans to take off from Boston Logan to Santo Domingo as of 19 June. The airline will run three weekly flights to Boston on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Depending on how the flight goes, the airline could continue it year round. JetBlue feels the route will be especially attractive to Boston airport travelers in the cold winter months, and hopes the flight can be carried out daily in the winter.
JetBlue has also announced Boston to Santiago flights starting 17 June.
Caribbean Fashion Week
Nicole Miller from the United States is the guest designer at this year's Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW-RD) to be held at the Convention Center of the Port of Sanssouci this coming 31 May to 4 June.
In an interview with Listin Diario event organizer Tita Hasbun said that in the Caribbean the seasons are not marked because the weather is similar all year round. She says local designers focus on resort wear. "We are islands, we are resorts, then we have to create space where fashion can project itself first to the Dominican market," she said. Nevertheless, some international guest designers will present their pre-fall creations that they have already prepared for their own markets. She says participating in the local fashion events is an opportunity to test the market and look into opening boutiques here.
New this year is an agreement with the organizers of the Puerto Rico High Fashion Week so that emerging designers from each country can take part in each other's runway shows.
Again this year, novice designers will compete for a scholarship at the Istituto Europeo di Design and the second-place winner will get a scholarship for the summer program at Altos de Chavon in La Romana. There will be a third place winner apprenticeship at the atelier of a leading Dominican designer.
Participants this year are Nicole Miller (US), Custo Barcelona (Spain) and Carlos Campos (Peru). Also Benito Fernandez (Argentina), Jolibe (brand name of Joel Diaz, a Dominican working in NY), Giovanni Scutaro (Venezuela), Giovanni Lopez (Colombia), Eddie Guerrero, Stella Nolasco and Miriam Budet (Puerto Rico.
Others are Marcelo Serna, Veronica del Canal and Gabriela Lage who make up Argentina Showcase, a group that got together to participate in the Caribbean Fashion Week.
Local participants include Sissy Bermudez, Arcadio Diaz, Giannina Azar, Esteban Martinez, Damaris Rubio, Modesta Castillo, Diany Mota, Mauricio Alberino and Martin Polanco.
New talents are Carlos Frank Then, Miguel Genao, Alexis Gutierrez and Luisina Victoria.
There will be 45 runways in five days.
Miss Universe Ximena Navarrete will model clothes by Peruvian Carlos Campos, who also designs for men. Miss Universe 2009, Stefania Fernandez will model for Giovanni Scutaro (Venezuela).
Cigar tasting at Quality Hotel Real Santo Domingo
Hendrik Kelner, president of the Dominican Association of Cigar Manufacturers (ProCigar), and manufacturer of Davidoff cigars in the DR, was at the Quality Hotel Real Santo Domingo on Thursday, 5 May for an educational cigar-tasting activity. Participants were able to savor different tobaccos that are blended to make a Davidoff cigar and the difference the capa makes. A Choice International hotel, Quality Hotel Real Santo Domingo is located at Km. 22 of the Las Americas Expressway, five minutes from Las Americas International Airport. The 124-room hotel is 25 minutes from Santo Domingo city center, next door to Las Americas Free Zone, near the CyberPark and the San Isidro Free Zone. It has meeting rooms and a business center, gym, broadband Internet and 24-hour room service. The hotel is operated in the Dominican Republic by Real Hotels & Resorts, the hotel division of Grupo Poma from El Salvador.
First quarter travel numbers up
Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia says that according to Central Bank statistics, travel is up 5.24% in the first four months of the year. The stats show that 81,363 more tourists visited for the period, compared to 2010. The boost in travel comes primarily from the United States.
So far, 1,780,234 visitors arrived at the nation's eight international airports in the first four months of the year.
Travel is up from the United States (16,381 more travelers), France (4,565 more), Russia (3,618 more), Brazil 3,465+), and Germany (2,925). Others showing increased travel are Argentina (2,793+), Italy (2,724+), Venezuela (2,3766+), Chile (1,295) and Colombia (1,224+).
Punta Cana International Airport continues to be the main port of entry for tourists visiting the country, with 906,928 non-resident travelers, for 62.17% of total tourist arrivals. This is a 12.62% increase on the same period last year.
Travel through Santo Domingo's Las Americas was up 17.54%, for a total of 255,865 tourists.

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