Insider Secrets To Cheap Flights and Hotel Reservations
The airlines downsized me with no warning, so I wrote this guide to get even. You will be outraged when you learn the truth about how much you are being overcharged by the airlines, hotels etc.

Downsized Travel Agent Reveals ALL!

August 9, 2011
  • Chef Todd Gray in Punta Cana
  • Fodatur in Santo Domingo
  • Cruises into La Romana
  • Puerto Plata Arts Festival
Chef Todd Gray in Punta Cana
Chef Todd Gray announced the deal to take over the Fishing Lodge Cap Cana in the Punta Cana area was signed last week. Todd Gray is famous for the Equinox/Watershed and his culinary interpretations of US East Coast cuisine.
At the Cap Cana hotel he is expected to take Dominican and Caribbean food to new levels. As announced, the restaurant will open on 13 October at the hotel, and will be a version of Gray's Market Salamander that will differ from the original Middleburg incarnation by being more of a cafe with a Caribbean spin. There is also going to be an open-air restaurant named Bistrot that Gray says will be "American in foundation with a little nod to some Spanish influences and obviously some Dominican Republic influences."
Chef Todd Gray has served as culinary director of hospitality group Salamander Hospitality for years now, with nationally acclaimed establishments in Virginia, South Carolina and Tampa. The Cap Cana operation will be his first abroad.
Fishing Lodge Cap Cana is scheduled to open to guests as the Salamander Marina & Beach Resort on 12 October 2011.
Fodatur in Santo Domingo
With the sponsorship of the Dominican Tourism Competitiveness Consortium (CDCT), the First Dominican Annual Tourism Forum took place in Santo Domingo last week. International and local experts highlighted new trends in the industry with a focus on competitiveness and sustainability.
Following are highlights of some of the 17 presentations.
Marco Serrato of the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, shared the Mexican experience with key travel and tourism indicators used to determine the strengths and opportunities for tourism in Mexico. He presented 112 variables.
Humberto Rivas, consultant for the World Tourism Organization, emphasized sustainability indicators used as feedback including those that focus on spending and length of stay, complaint handling systems, energy efficiency, attractions load capacity, role of the municipality, tourism observatories and linkages between key players in the tourism value chain.
Ramon Martinez, of Mexico said that the traditional tourism models are not exhausted. He said the new paradigm is to integrate resort tourism to the communities to improve the quality of living of the locals. He calls for diversifying to new markets and introduction of new attractions. He said what is most important is that each destination may differentiate itself.
Omar Estevez, also of Mexico, stressed the importance of synergies between members of the tourism value chain so there may be a variety of products and services offered. He said in Mexico they have highlighted beaches and ecotourism, but at the same time focus on the hotel complexes.
Victor Ramirez Montero, from Costa Rica explained the Costa Rican tourism model that focuses on nature without artificial ingredients, while also highlighting it is a sun, sand and wellness destination. He highlighted all beaches are public. He said Costa Rica has focused on its brand as a tourism strategy, while enhancing the sense of community and country, and the coexistence with communities as partners in tourism.
Eduardo Garcia Michel shared the Dominican tourism experience, with its mix of government, private and foreign sectors. He highlighted the strength in the hospitality of Dominican people, the revenue-generation by the sector and the job opportunities created. He criticized the strength of the Dominican peso and its effect on travel, and recommended implementing a differentiated taxation system for the tourism industry.
Cruises into La Romana
More tourists are expected for next season at the La Romana Cruise Ship Terminal, as reported in Costasur/Casa de Campo News. New are Carnival's Valor, Freedom and Miracle ships that will arrive starting January 2012 through 16 October.
Costa Cruises will be sending two ships regularly to La Romana, including the new 3,570-passenger Luminosa with 21 calls to La Romana and Catalina Island. Costa is also sending 2,680-passenger Costa Mediterranea.
Both Costa and Carnival are owned by Carnival Corporation, the largest cruise ship company in the world.
Moreover, as reported, La Romana will serve as homeport next winter season to the 1,914-passenger TUI Men Schiff 2, and the 2,100-passenger Aida Luna and 1,300-passenger Aida Aura. The arrival of these three ships from the two largest German tour operators will make La Romana the premier Caribbean port for the German travel market.
Puerto Plata Arts Festival
Marcando el Rumbo, (leading the way), Festival de la Restauracion, is a cultural event organized in Puerto Plata on occasion of Restoration Day that celebrates the day the Dominican Republic regained its independence from Spain in 1865. A program of cultural events, ranging from popular to classic expressions of contemporary art is organized for Wed 10 August to Tue 16 August at Plaza Central, La Puntilla in Puerto Plata city. See the schedule of events at
For more on upcoming events, see

Advertise FAQ News Archives Unsubscribe Home Page