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March 27, 2012
  • Jose Oviedo promotes Jarabacoa and Taino art day trips
  • Jenny Polanco's La Romana
  • Asonahores says DR is first in Caribbean
  • Air Caraibes to Paris
  • Canada changes travel regulations
  • La Romana Port wins awards
Jose Oviedo promotes Jarabacoa and Taino art day trips
Cultural promoter Jose Oviedo is organizing day trips to Jarabacoa. The program includes a trip to the Cistercian Monastery, an order of monks who encourage silence, love of the land and entrepreneurial spirit. Visitors will be led to a panoramic viewpoint for a reading featuring the poems of writer and mystic Thomas Merton. There will be lunch at La Jamaca de Dios, and more time to see the flora and fauna of the mountains. Jose Oviedo, former organizer of the most successful American Capital of Culture (Santo Domingo 2010) also coordinates the Route of the Tainos, to see Taino art in Santo Domingo caves. Groups can be organized in Spanish or English. The tour, which costs RD$2,600 includes transportation, breakfast and lunch at the exclusive Jamaca de Dios restaurant.
For more information, check out www.facebook.com/routeando or contact Jose Oviedo at [email protected]
Jenny Polanco's La Romana
Travelers to La Romana's Casa de Campo have the opportunity to visit three boutiques by leading Dominican designer Jenny Polanco. The newest is her Casa del Rio boutique for a range of fashion, art and crafts with the best views in Altos de Chavon. The new shop's telephone number is 809 951-1899. Jenny Polanco fashions are also for sale at a smaller shop in Altos de Chavon and at the Marina de Casa de Campo. She also has shops in Santo Domingo at Casa Virginia and in the Colonial City, on Calle Padre Billini, a block south of the Cathedral of Santo Domingo.
Asonahores says DR is first in Caribbean
The Dominican Republic has become the leading tourist destination in the Caribbean, and this is due to the success of the sales of the tourist package, which has gone from 24% in 1998 to 53% this year. According to Arturo Villanueva, the executive vice-president and Julio Llibre, the president of the Dominican Association of Hotels and Restaurants (Asonahores) this year's Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE 2012) will be the biggest and most successful ever. The announcement came during a ceremony announcing DATE 2012, which will be held at the Barcelo Palace in Punta Cana from 17-19 April 2012. Llibre told reporters that the Ministry of Tourism's promotion of Santo Domingo complements the sun and sand offers of the Dominican coast destinations. He noted that Dominican tourism is experiencing a very good year.
www.drdate.net/app/frontpage.aspx
Air Caraibes to Paris
Santo Domingo has a new direct connection to Paris on board Air Caraibes. The airline is competing with Air France's daily flights to Charles De Gaulle International Airport in Paris. The French airline, which also connects Santo Domingo with Guadeloupe and Martinique, will be flying the Santo Domingo-Paris (Orly) route. The airline will operate A330 airplanes and seeks to compete with enhanced meals and in-flight service, as well as luggage allowance. The airline's main base is at the Pointe-a-Pitre International Airport in Guadeloupe with a secondary hub at Le Lamentin Airport in Fort-de-France, Martinique.
Flights are scheduled from Paris to Santo Domingo from 25 March to 21 June, and from 6 August to 9 December 2012. From Santo Domingo to Paris, from 25 March to 5 August and 10 September to 23 December.
Canada changes travel regulations
The days of flying off to the Dominican Republic with a driver's license and a birth certificate are about to end. As of May 1, Canadian visitors will have to present a valid passport. They must also be in possession of a return airline ticket. The Dominican Republic was the fifth most-visited destination for Canadians in 2010, according to Statistics Canada. Leading it, in order, were the United States, Mexico, Cuba and the United Kingdom.
La Romana Port wins awards
Cruise Insight magazine has presented the port city of La Romana with awards in five areas: most efficient operation, best port facilities, most efficient port services, best port in load and unload of cargo and best cruise ship destination port by the poll organized by Cruise Insight (former Dream World Cruise Magazine) and presented during the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Conference held in Miami. Andres Fernandez, general manager of the port, received the awards at the conference. He was especially pleased that the industry recognized La Romana with more awards than any other port this year.
The Ministry of Tourism cruise director, Orfila Salazar also attended the event that was held at the Miami Beach Convention Center, representing the Dominican Republic. Executives Sharon Mei and Estela Nunez (Sans Souci Port (Santo Domingo), Federico and Francisco Schad (Samana Ports), Luis Rodriguez and Andres Fernandez (Port of La Romana), Jochi Mella for Travel Net, and Briseida Olivero for the Santo Domingo Tourism Cluster were also at the event.

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