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March 6, 2012
  • DR and Portugal sign airways agreement
  • All about the famous Capt. Kidd
  • Puerto Plata on the rise
  • Group Metro owns 85% of real estate in Juan Dolio
  • Delta adds new frequencies
DR and Portugal sign airways agreement
The governments of Portugal and the Dominican Republic have renewed their previous agreement signed in 1995, allowing free access to both countries' airports. The Air Services Agreement replaces the Agreement of 14 February 1995 and will allow for a more flexible approach to the needs of today's market. The new agreement frees up access to Dominican airports and will allow unlimited use of any destination in the Dominican Republic, either directly from Portugal or through third countries. According to Listin Diario, once the paperwork is finished the agreement goes into effect it will cover charter as well as regular airline services. Both TAP as well as White Airways said that they were anxious to start regular services to the Dominican Republic.
All about the famous Capt. Kidd
Professor Charles Beeker, director of the Academic Diving and Underwater Science at Indiana University Bloomington and Dr. Jeffrey Patchen, president & CEO of the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, will present the amazing story of Captain Kidd's shipwreck and the archaeological research that has been taking place off the southeast coast of the DR as part of National Geographic's Treasures of the Earth Expeditions. The lecture will take place on Thursday, 8 March at the Regional Museum of Archaeology, Altos de Chavon, La Romana, at 6pm.
The wreckage of the Quedagh Merchant, left behind by the 17th century pirate as he rushed to defend his reputation in New York, was found by a Casa de Campo resident only 10 feet below our warm waters and 70 feet off the coast of Catalina Island. The archaeological research has been conducted in cooperation with the Oficina Nacional De Patrimonio Cultural Subacuatico - the National Underwater Cultural Heritage Office.
Professor Beeker is a member of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee - NOAA. He has directed numerous shipwreck projects in the United States and the Caribbean and is a pioneer in preserving wreck sites as underwater museums. He will also discuss research on other sites throughout the Dominican Republic, including the Lost Fleet of Columbus, Henry Morgan's Flagship HMS Oxford, the Spanish Merchant Nuestra Senora de Begona, the slave ship Le Marquis de Galliffet, and on prehistoric life and the population of the Caribbean.
This lecture is hosted by Muffi and Jimmy James and Casa de Campo.
For more information contact Arlene Alvarez, Director, Altos de Chavon Regional Museum of Archaeology, at [email protected] or 809 523-8554.
Puerto Plata on the rise
According to the Deputy Minister for Tourism, Magaly Toribio, a series of measures taken by Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia aimed at saving Puerto Plata as a tourist destination, appear to be bearing fruit.
Hoy reports that hotels have reported an increase in tourists, mainly from the Canadian market, which Toribio says is thanks to the measures taken by Garcia, including a trip by 300 Transat agents to Puerto Plata, and a publicity campaign in Canada.
According to Toribio the hotels in Puerto Plata say there has been a 21% increase in the number of Canadian tourists and a 100% occupation rate over the last couple of months.
They also hope that the recovery will continue with the construction of the cruise terminal in Maimon, announced last year.
Group Metro owns 85% of real estate in Juan Dolio
Group Metro recently announced an increase in sales of over 300% in 2011. It also announced that Las Olas, one of its beachfront developments in Juan Dolio had now sold 97% of its units and had reached the final stage of construction, now focusing on the finishing details of the common areas including the swimming pool, lobby, parking area and additional amenities. Las Olas is one of Group Metro's four properties within the real estate portfolio in Juan Dolio.
In additional to Las Olas being nearly sold out, Group Metro anticipates another active year with its other developments Marbella and Costa Blanca. Most recently the company re-launched the second phase of Marbella, announced additional lots for sale at Costa Blanca, and will soon be celebrating the opening of the golf course and Clubhouse.
Delta adds new frequencies
As of March, Delta Air Lines has added new frequencies between New York (JFK) and Santo Domingo (SDQ) and Santiago de los Caballeros (STI). Delta said that it is doubling its daily flights from Santo Domingo and Santiago to JFK in New York due to the increase in demand. Delta Air Lines is including meals on board in economy (a sandwich and cookie, accompanied by choice of soft drinks or juice and coffee or tea). Soon to be introduced is Spanish language in-flight entertainment in March and a surprise drink that promises to be especially popular with Latin American customers.
Nicolas Ferri, vice president for Latin America said, "Delta is taking firm steps to become the best US airline serving Latin America and the Caribbean." He is banking on support from passengers commuting between the DR and the US.

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