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December 13, 2011
  • Jazz & Christmas music
  • Beach brand sale in Cabarete
  • Ocean World's new brunch
  • Hotel El Pedernal, newest option in Pedernales
  • Bayahibe-La Romana Hotels' new director
Jazz & Christmas music
Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino's 8th floor lounge presents The Jefferson Faculty and an evening of Jazz, Blues, R&B, Contemporary Pop, Christmas tunes & more this coming Friday, 16 December as of 7pm. Av. Anacaona 101, Mirador Sur. No cover, but reservations are necessary at 809 562-9222.
The Jefferson Faculty was formed in 2010, playing classical jazz and contemporary pop. The original ideas for this project were put together by the band?s vocalist, Anthony Jefferson, who started searching for and selecting musicians who had the talent and the passion for the music he wanted to perform. He found them and they are: saxophonist Jonathan Pina Duluc, pianist Smarlly Belliard, drummer Emil Garcia and bassist Euris Belliard. Since they started playing, they have worked with original material captivating enthusiasm from diverse types of audiences. As a result of their dedication and musical refinement, they have just released the album A Jazz Retrospect, with a harmonious selection of songs to delight the senses.
Jefferson, a native of New Orleans, began singing in his childhood, in an environment rich in Blues, Jazz and R & B, refining it later by studying classical repertoire at the Institute of Arts in California, with Paul Vorwek and continuing at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Prior to forming his own band, he shared the stage with artists such as Mark Rapp, Wille Jones 3rd, Mark Shelby, Bobby Wilson and Brent Rose, just to name a few.
For a preview, check out The Jefferson Faculty in You Tube at
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For more on upcoming jazz events in Santo Domingo, see
Beach brand sale in Cabarete
The popular Carib Wind beachwear and windsurf, laser and surf store is holding its three-day Christmas sale with discounts of 25, 40, 50 and 70% on brand name items. Surfboards and SUP with 20% off. Brands include QuickSilver, O'Neill, Billabong, Dakine, Roxy and Volcom. The sale is on Thursday, 15 Dec through Saturday, 17 Dec from 10 to 5pm.
Ocean World's new brunch
Spending a day at Ocean World in Cofresi, Puerto Plata has only gotten better, with the new Sunday brunch menu for RD$495 + taxes adults and RD$350 + taxes for children. Babes under 3 are free! For RD$999.00 admission + brunch is included. The menu features US, Canadian and German favorite fare. Poolside dip is also included in the price. The brunch is open at the Octopus Terrace from 11am to 5pm. For bookings, see
Hotel El Pedernal, newest option in Pedernales
Travelers visiting Bahia de las Aguilas, the Bay of the Eagles where one can see a white sand Caribbean beach untouched by flora changes brought by European settlers, or Hoyo de Pelempito (Pelempito Drop), a vertical valley surrounded by pines, in the Dominican far west, now have a new place to stay. The USAID-DSTA Alliance for Sustainable Tourism funded the hotel's refurbishment under its Destination Funds program. USAID contributed RD$2.4 million to the Foundation for the Integral Development of the Community of Pedernales (Fundacipe), which provided an equal amount in collateral funds. The funds were invested in improving the existing facilities, building a cafeteria, renovating the hotel's electricity and plumbing systems and providing new furnishings for the rooms. Brochures were printed for Fundacipe's Nature Interpretation Center next to its arts and crafts shop on the premises. A program for training hotel staff was coordinated with the Sustainable Tourism Cluster of Pedernales. The 13-room hotel is located in the city of Pedernales. It has nine doubles and four suites, as well as a meeting room with audiovisual equipment with capacity for 30 people.
Pedernales is one of 10 tourism destinations where the USAID-DSTA program has made contributions. The USAID support to tourism programs will continue in 2012 with technical assistance by way of the Dominican Tourism Competitiveness Consortium.
Bayahibe-La Romana Hotels' new director
Ana Garcia-Sotoca Pascual, former director of the La Romana-Bayahibe Tourism Cluster, is the new director of the Romana-Bayahibe Hotels Association. Spanish-born, she has worked in destination management for more than 10 years. At the Hotel Association, Garcia-Sotoca will be in charge of sustainable tourism, environmental management, community development, marketing and public relations for the hotel association. She replaces Kelly Robinson, a Texas native, who was appointed executive director of the Galveston Park Board of Trustees in Texas, after directing the association since 2008.
Garcia-Sotoca is a graduate in tourism from the Escuela Superior de Turismo in the Spanish Balearic Islands. She has a masters degree in destination management from the Universidad Carlos III of Madrid. Prior to residing permanently in the Dominican Republic, she worked for three years at the Asociacion de Hoteles de Cala Millor in Mallorca from 2001 to 2004. Since 2006 she resides in La Romana-Bayahibe and in 2010 was chosen to direct the regional tourism cluster that has had financial backing from the Inter-American Development Bank and USAID.
She is recognized at the CTRB for her work in increasing local participation in destination matters, through teamwork and active communication.
The Association of Hotels of Romana Bayahibe (AHRB) was created in 2000 to foster sustainable development in the southeastern region, encouraging hotel operation practices that are environmentally friendly and community outreach programs. Its members are: Hotel Oasis Canoa, Viva Wyndham Dominican Beach, Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace, Hotel Catalonia Gran Dominicus, Hotel Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus, Casa de Campo, La Estancia Golf, Bahia Principe La Romana, Dreams La Romana and Tropical Tours.

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