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June 5, 2012
  • Altos de Chavon announces summer camp
  • Combine the Southwest with your Punta Cana vacation
  • RCI Gold Crowns for six AmResorts in Dominican Republic
  • Time share within Xeliter properties
  • New tour unfolds the dark side of Trujillo
  • Expedia says Dominican vacations lead
  • More Indians discover the Dominican Republic
Altos de Chavon announces summer camp
The Archaeological Museum at Altos de Chavon is holding a summer camp for children between the ages of 5 and 10. The camp is based around learning history through exploration and activities. Participants will learn about archaeology, ceramics, drawing, painting, theater and ecology. The camp is set for 2-13 July (two weeks) from 9am to 12 noon, Monday to Friday. Cost is RD$7,000 or US$180 per child.
For reservations and more information, call 809 523-8554 or email [email protected]
Combine the Southwest with your Punta Cana vacation
Air Century announces the start of weekly flights to Barahona in the southwest from Santo Domingo and Punta Cana. The flight schedules will make it possible for visitors to reach Barahona and Santo Domingo by quick one-hour flights, compared to the six to seven-hour overland trip from Punta Cana to Barahona, for instance.
The regular flights are:
Wednesday: departing Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) at 8:30am for La Isabela International Airport in northern Santo Domingo (JBQ). Departing JBQ for Maria Montez International Airport in Barahona (BRX) at 9:30am.
The return flight is at 4:45pm from Maria Montez International Airport in Barahona (BRX).
Friday: departing PUJ at 8:30am to JBQ in Santo Domingo. Departing JBQ at 3:30pm for BRX. Return flight from Barahona is at 4:45pm to JBQ. Then JBQ to PUJ at 5:45pm.
Sunday: Santo Domingo (JBQ) to Barahona (BRX) at 3:30pm, BRX to JBQ at 4:45pm, and JBQ to PUJ at 5:45pm.
RCI Gold Crowns for six AmResorts in Dominican Republic
Six AmResorts in the Dominican Republic have received the prestigious RCI Gold Crown, the highest recognition that the RCI company, the global leader in vacation exchange, awards every year. As reported, only 10% of the RCI portfolio of exchange properties has received the award.
Properties awarded the distinction were:
Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa, Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana Resort & Spa, Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa, Now Larimar Punta Cana, Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana, and the Zoetry Agua Punta Cana.
Time share within Xeliter properties
Xeliter Rentals, operator of condominiums in Cap Cana, Samana and Juan Dolio is now offering condominium owners in these locations a plan whereby they can exchange up to 14 nights with other owners in Xeliter rental property. The new service can be used on weekends or weeks.
For more information, see [email protected]
New tour unfolds the dark side of Trujillo
A new tour, The Route of the Goat (La Ruta del Chivo) is available on weekends to introduce Dominicans and foreigners alike to the dark side of Dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. Dictator Trujillo was covertly known as "el Chivo," for the sexual prowess he himself boasted about. On Saturdays (mornings and afternoons) and Sundays (9am to noon), visitors will take the tour in cars from the 1950s and 60s. The guides accompany the tourists inside the vehicles. The weekend tour costs US$100 per person.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the tour is in a mini-bus with a US$35 per person cost.
The tour starts at Avenida del Puerto with the route continuing to the Memorial Museum of Resistance at 236 Arzobispo Nouel Street in the Colonial City. After visiting the museum, tourists again board the vehicles and are taken to see the busts of Juan Tomas Diaz and Antonio de la Maza off Ave. Independencia; they pass the Presidential Palace, Plaza de la Cultura (passing the site of Trujillo's home), down to the Ministry of Foreign Relations (formerly a Trujillo seafront hacienda), the 14 June Monument to the heroes of the resistance, and the Centro de los Heroes government center, where Trujillo celebrated his world fair, Feria de la Paz y Confraternidad del Mundo Libre. The last stop is at the site where a monument commemorates the spot where the dictator was assassinated on 30 May 1961.
For bookings, contact Edwin Aristy on 809 847-0543 or email [email protected]
Expedia says Dominican vacations lead
Expedia, the leading online booking engine, says the DR is becoming more and more popular with US travelers. The company says that US travel is up 30%, making the Dominican Republic the second most popular destination for Americans to travel in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Dominican Republic is one of the best-served destinations in the Americas. Its Punta Cana International Airport has the largest variety of flights of any airport in the Caribbean. Miriam Hernandez says that attractive room rates, which "have remained mostly flat," make it one of the best deals for getting to the beach this summer.
A recent Expedia Flip Flop report shows that beach travel is the number one choice of trip for Americans.
According to Expedia, their travelers usually book their trips to the DR 52 days in advance and come from New York, Miami, Boston, Philadelphia or Chicago.
66% will book travel for two adults, 14% will travel with children.
Punta Cana is the most popular booking destination, with more than 50% of all bookings. Santo Domingo draws roughly 13% of the bookings.
More Indians discover the Dominican Republic
This week's India Times newspaper focuses on the increasing number of people from India who are discovering Punta Cana as a midpoint for family reunions, weddings and vacation time. The rationale is that tourists from India can enjoy a reasonably priced beach vacation while meeting up with family and friends who can fly in from the United States, home to a large expat Indian community.
A feature published in the newspaper last week highlights the fact that many Indians living in the US, UK and Canada have discovered the advantages of a Dominican holiday. Key to the visit is the efficient service from the Dominican Embassy in New Delhi. The Dominican ambassador to India is a former Dominican airlines marketing manager who understands perfectly how making it easy to travel can increase visitations.
"One of the reasons for the big growth in the number of visitors from India is that we have simplified our visa rules. The embassy in Delhi can issue a visa within 24 hours, which is the shortest possible time for any country. Besides, those with valid Schengen, UK, Canada and US visas can travel to the Dominican Republic without a visa and will be issued a tourist card on arrival," says Hans Dannenberg Castellanos, the DR's ambassador to India.
According to Dannenberg, the country is already very popular for destination weddings. "While young Indians in the US and Canada find the exotic beaches of the Dominican Republic very attractive as wedding destinations, it is also simpler for family members from India such as aunts, grandmothers and cousins, to participate in such events because of our relaxed visa rules," explains Dannenberg.
Precautions are taken to prevent illegal immigration as the country does not want to become a hub for people trying to illegally enter the US or Canada. Notwithstanding, business and residence visas are fairly easy to get. The newspaper reports that in 2011, 3,000 Indians visited the Dominican Republic. Dannenberg says the number is likely to double this year. There has also been a big growth in trade and business between the two countries since the embassy opened in Delhi in 2006.

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