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July 19, 2011
  • Telecoms Cultural Center
  • Flights to Haiti
  • 50s+ show marked interest in culture
  • Cave Diving exhibition
Telecoms Cultural Center
President Leonel Fernandez attended the inauguration of the Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones in Santo Domingo's Colonial City on Monday 18 July. Coinciding with the opening, the 14th Convention of the Ibero-American Association of Research Centers and Telecoms Companies (AHCIET) whose membership consists of 50 telecoms companies in Latin America and Spain, is meeting at the Center's 200-seat auditorium to discuss the future of the Internet. Spanish Telecoms Minister Bernardo Lorenzo, who is president of the Telecoms Market Commission (CMT), will be speaking at the event.
The newest museum in Santo Domingo, the Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones tells the history of TV, radio and telecommunications in the Dominican Republic. It also has the largest audiovisual archive in the country. Admission to this state-of-the-art museum will be free for the first month. Open Tuesday to Thursday 9am to 5pm, Friday & Saturday 9am to 9pm and Sunday 10 to 6pm. Isabel la Catolica at the intersection with Emiliano Tejera, Tel 809 732-5555.
Flights to Haiti
Reward yourself for hard workdays in Haiti with a vacation week at a Dominican resort. This is possible because several airlines offer flights from Dominican airports to Haiti, making connections easy.
American Airlines/American Eagle (Tel 809 542-5151, and Guadeloupe-based Air Caraibes (Tel 809 549-0404, fly to Port-au-Prince from Las Americas (SDQ).
Aerolineas Mas (Tel 809 682-9399, and Haitian-based Tortug'Air (Tel 809 826-4122, offer frequent services from La Isabela International Airport (JBQ), on the outskirts of Santo Domingo, to Port-au-Prince.
Aerolineas Mas also flies out of Cibao International Airport in Santiago to Port-au-Prince.
50s+ show marked interest in culture
ITB travel experts say that the 50-plus generation is an expanding target group that is showing a marked new preference for city tours, cruises and excursions, even though beach holidays still continue to be the most popular choice among this age bracket. Apparently, the 50-plus generation is showing more of an interest in cultural activities. According to the World Travel Monitor, there has already been a strong decline in interest from Germany's so-called silver age group in holidays on the beach (3.8 million trips less, minus 18%).
Reportedly, the over 50s are more mobile and more active than ever before. As reported, between 2005 and 2010 vacation travel by Europeans aged 55 and over expanded by 17%. This age group as a whole accounted for more than a quarter (27%) of all trips abroad, or 78 million holiday trips.
Of special interest to Dominican travel companies, ITB says that the over 50s are increasingly distancing themselves from the cliches associated with traditional travel by senior citizens.
The winners are smaller market segments such as health-based vacations (0.7 million trips, plus 61%), cruises (0.9 million trips, plus 64%), sports holidays (1 million trips, plus 53%) and city tours (2 million trips, plus 30%).
According to a study commissioned by the Messe Berlin and carried out by the World Travel Monitor, travel from the so-called silver age group is up 28% for the UK since 2005, but has stagnated for the German market. France and the Netherlands are in third and fourth place. These four countries account for almost 60% of all European travelers in the over-55 age group.
Cave Diving exhibition
The Museum of Dominican Man is hosting the first photography exhibition on the wealth of Dominican underwater caves. The exhibition is presented by the Dominican Republic Speleological Society (DRSS). "Underwater Springs - Gateway to the Unknown" opened on Monday, 18 July at 6pm at the Museo del Hombre Dominicano in Plaza de la Cultura Juan Pablo Duarte, Av. Pedro Henriquez Urena in Santo Domingo. A discussion on caving with members of the DR Speleological Society will take place at the Museum on Wednesday, 20 July at 10am. For more information, see
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