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March 20, 2012
  • Dominican Republic is partner country MITT Russia
  • Carnival of the Sea in Boca Chica
  • DR at the Cruise Shipping 2012 in Miami
  • Banco Popular backs DR tourism
  • Northwest tourism gets a boost
Dominican Republic is partner country MITT Russia
The Dominican Republic is the 19th MITT 2012 partner country. The Ministry of Tourism is sending its largest ever delegation to the leading Russian international trade show, with the stand increasing to 150 square meters up from the first stand of 40 meters in 2005. Coordination on the Russian side is by Dominican Ministry of Tourism representative Galina Lysenko. For the sponsorship, one of the days of the event is dedicated to the Dominican Republic. A special program has been planned to introduce participants and visitors to the country's traditions, culture and gastronomy, including a cigar-rolling exhibition. The country will be presenting new trends in tourism, and there will be a welcome cocktail and presentation. The Ministry of Tourism will be announcing the opening of a Dominican Ministry of Tourism Office in Moscow.
MITT is Russia's leading and largest travel exhibition. Over 3,000 companies and 185 destinations are participating this year. The event enables participants to increase the awareness of their destination and to gain a real feel for the Russian travel market.
The fair welcomes both trade and consumer visits. The fair is becoming more popular with the trade as the demand for travel services in Russia grows and the spending power of Russian travelers becomes better known. In the Dominican Republic, Russian tourists are regarded as the best spenders.
Carnival of the Sea in Boca Chica
Boca Chica is preparing for its Carnaval del Mar, an event to showcase the diversity of events that focus on the beach and Caribbean Sea. There will be gastronomical, sports, and music events. Once a small fishing village, Boca Chica has diversified to the point of becoming the country's leading sailing center, with the Optimist World Championships set for July 2012. The carnival will have a show with Marcos Caminero, Roldan Marmol, and merengue band Diomedes y su Grupo Mio, on Saturday, 24 March.
DR at the Cruise Shipping 2012 in Miami
The Dominican Republic was represented by Orfila Salazar, director of the Cruise Ship Department of the Ministry of Tourism at the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. The president of Royal Caribbean, Richard D. Fain visited the Dominican stand and exchanged impressions with Salazar and the Dominican delegation. The leading industry players are attending the event, with CEOS and key officers of Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland and Norwegian, along with other leading lines with cruises in the Caribbean. The Dominican delegation sought to promote the Dominican Republic ports and local attractions for cruise ship passengers. Salazar highlighted the fact that the DR participates in the fairs to continue establishing new relations with the world's large cruise companies, which results in benefits and development for the country. "The achievements of these promotions and participation in events of this kind turn into investments such as one which the US company Carnival Cruises will make of US$65 million in the Maimon cruise terminal, that will benefit the province of Puerto Plata," she told the press.
Representing the Dominican Republic at the event were Orfila Salazar, Ministry of Tourism director of cruise industry; Wendy Justo, of the Tourism Office in Miami; Sharon Mei and Estela Nunez of the Sans Souci Port; Federico and Francisco Schad of the Port of Samana; Francisco Carreras of Frederic Schad Shipping Agents; Luis Rodriguez and Arturo Fernandez for the Port of La Romana; Jochi Mella, president of Travel Net; Bruiseida Olivero of the Cluster of Santo Domingo, and artisan Esteban Guillen, among others.
Seatrade Cruise Shipping Convention gathers more than 900 exhibitors and receives an average of 5,500 professionals from 119 countries, in addition to an estimated 1,168 tour operators.
In 2010-2011 some 250 cruise ships visited the Dominican Republic, bringing around 430,000 passengers.
Banco Popular backs DR tourism
The Banco Popular Dominicano recently reaffirmed its support for the Dominican tourism sector through its participation in the 46th Annual Tourism Market (ITB) in Berlin. The bank hosted a dinner with the senior executive vice-president for Business, Christopher Paniagua, who told businesspeople, hoteliers, investors and Ministry of Tourism authorities that the BPD had provided US$560 million in credit to the tourism industry. He said that the BPD recognized tourism as a major provider of formal sector employment and other initiatives that move the Dominican economy. He noted that the credit portfolio extended to the tourism sector represented some 14% of the bank's total loan operations. According to El Caribe, 190 countries were represented at the ITB this year, and the exhibition area covered 160,000 square feet.
Northwest tourism gets a boost
President Leonel Fernandez recently inaugurated the reconstruction of the Dajabon-Montecristi road, making it easier for Dominicans and foreign tourists to visit the tourist attractions of Cap-Haitien (La Citadelle) in northern Haiti by land. The new road connections also serve visitors to the northwestern beach city of Montecristi. Montecristi is one of the lesser known destinations in the Dominican Republic, but its authentic feel and excursions to see mangroves, coral reefs and outlying islands make it worth a visit. In the city itself, the main attractions are the Maximo Gomez museum, for an insight into the close historic ties between the DR and Cuba, and the public clock built by the same engineering company as the Eiffel Tower. Gastronomy is a highlight with fresh seafood and exquisite roasted or stewed goat at roadside stops, especially in Villa Lobo on the road from Montecristi to Navarrete. The highway has become known as "the goat route".

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