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April 3, 2012
  • Habichuelas con dulce for Easter
  • Rafael Nadal's Playa Nueva Romana hotel
  • Blanco Tejera to preside CDCT
  • Puerto Plata gets a flight from Russia
  • Full house for Easter
Habichuelas con dulce for Easter
If you're in the Dominican Republic for Easter (March and April) you're in time to taste a very Dominican dessert, a seasonal treat, Habichuelas con dulce. The dessert is unique to the DR, with no other similar dish to be found in the roots of Dominican cooking, whether Taino Indian, European or African. Folklore sociologist Dagoberto Tejeda believes the dessert is an expression of Dominican creativity. Historian Jose Guerrero says that the recipe has French influences.
While Habichuelas con dulce (Sweet Beans) are primarily regarded as a dessert, they can be eaten as a snack any time of the day.
Because they are made in large batches, and because there is no fixed recipe, Habichuelas con dulce are given as a gift to friends and served as dessert in Easter.
Bon Ice Cream manufacturers have translated Habichuelas con Dulce into a delicious ice cream that is also only available during the months of March, April and May.
Rafael Nadal's Playa Nueva Romana hotel
Last week Rafael Nadal, ranked the No. 2 tennis player in the world, received the keys for his beachfront villa in Playa Nueva Romana, a new development located 20kms west of La Romana city and 45 minutes from Santo Domingo. Playa Nueva Romana is a residential complex with beach and golf course. Also on the premises is the Hotel Gran Bahia Principe La Romana, part of the Grupo Pineiro that also has properties in Samana. Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia and Minister of Sports Felipe Payano, the Spanish ambassador in the Dominican Republic and the governor of San Pedro de Macoris were present for the occasion.
Blanco Tejera to preside CDCT
Rafael Blanco Tejera, president of the Samana Tourism Cluster, is the new president of the Consorcio Dominicano de Competitividad Turistica (Dominican Tourism Competitiveness Consortium - CDCT). The group brings together the tourism clusters in the Dominican Republic. Other members of the CDCT elected in the new board last week are:
Vice president: Barahona Tourism and Productive Cluster, represented by its president Julio Brache; Secretary: Puerto Plata Cluster, represented by president Maximo Iglesias; Treasurer: Constanza Eco Tourism Cluster, represented by president David Matias; Member: Jarabacoa Ecotourism Cluster, represented by president Luis Garrido; Member 2: Pedernales Sustainable and Tourism Cluster, represented by president Socrates Mancebo; Member 3: Romana-Bayahibe Tourism Cluster, represented by president Daniel Flaquer.
Puerto Plata gets a flight from Russia
Transaero has announced that it will operate its first Moscow-Puerto Plata route as of October 2012. The flights will offer Russian tourists an alternative to the already very successful six-weekly flights from Moscow to Punta Cana. Deputy Tourism Minister Magaly Toribio, who attended the MITT International Travel Fair in Moscow last week, said that the flight opens up the destinations of Puerto Plata, Sosua and Cabarete to the Russian market. She said that if the destination catches on with Russian tourists, another frequency could be added to the north coast route.
Full house for Easter
The long weekend that ends the Easter vacation week in the Dominican Republic is the peak time for domestic tourism, as most schools take their spring break. Hotels are often booked even a year in advance. The executive vice president of the National Hotel & Restaurant Association (Asonahores), Arturo Villanueva says that occupancy is high at hotels nationwide for this Easter. Villanueva said that this was also the case at small hotels catering for independent travelers. He added that rental property is also in great demand this year and that the extra 15% that domestic tourism contributes to the around 65,000 hotel rooms nationwide means that full occupancy can be expected around the country. What is different during Easter is that music will be louder and food will be more "Dominican" with plenty of stewed and fried dishes on the menu.

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