|June 19, 2012
- Flamboyant trees in full bloom at the Botanical Gardens
- Maribel Villalona heads MITUR efforts for Colonial City
- Barahona-Punta Cana flights start 4 July
- Connecting Barcelona and Punta Cana
- Asonahores celebrates its 50th anniversary
- Memorable show by Maridalia and Frank Ceara
|Flamboyant trees in full bloom at the Botanical Gardens
Santo Domingo's Botanical Gardens are probably the best of any city in the entire Caribbean and Central America. But from late May to August, there is the extra special treat of the vivid colors of the flamboyant trees that are planted along the perimeter fence that surrounds the two-square kilometer city park in full bloom. These vibrant trees are Santo Domingo's tropical answer to the cherry tree blossoms of Washington and Tokyo. They make for great photography, especially on days when the blue of the sky contrasts with the intense red flowers. Here are some photographs to inspire you to head out to the Botanical Gardens.
|Maribel Villalona heads MITUR efforts for Colonial City
Architect Maribel Villalona, formerly in charge of the Ministry of Tourism's Planning and Projects Department, has been entrusted to oversee the Colonial City Tourism Development Program, sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank. Architect Carla Quinones, also from the IPP program, will be working with her.
The program seeks to increase revenue and number of jobs generated by tourism within the old city through the development of tourism products with high competitive potential. The IDB is providing US$22.7 million for the development of key tourist attractions aimed at increasing the length of stays and the amount of money spent by tourists. The project involves investment in conserving tourist attractions that are public assets and to improve public spaces in order to generate routes and products based on a development plan that is consistent with urban planning and regulations. The program will provide funds for redesigning and implementing themed tours of the old city, as well as improving its emblematic buildings.
It will also contribute US$3.6 million to local community involvement in tourism development by building local people's capacity to deliver quality services and to obtain more benefits as a result of the increased tourist activity in the Colonial City. A third aspect provides US$3.4 million for strengthening tourism management. This component will include building the Ministry of Tourism's capacity for sustainable tourism planning and management, in order to improve the information provided to the sector and increase the level of satisfaction among tourists in the Colonial City.
|Barahona-Punta Cana flights start 4 July
Air Century spokesman Omar Chahin Lama has announced the launch of a new flight using a 19-seater plane to connect Punta Cana and Santo Domingo with Barahona starting 4 July. They will operate three flights a week from PUJ International and Las Americas International in Santo Domingo to Barahona's Maria Montez International Airport.
The cost of the trip is US$65 for the initial three months. The initiative has the support of the Barahona Tourism Cluster.
|Connecting Barcelona and Punta Cana
Orbest is starting direct flights to Punta Cana from Barcelona, Spain. The flights start on 22 June with a Friday non-stop frequency through 14 September. Orbest also flies from Madrid to Punta Cana. The airline operates an Airbus A330 with capacity for 388 passengers.
|Asonahores celebrates its 50th anniversary
One of the oldest organizations in the country, the National Hotel & Tourism Association, Asonahores, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with a mass at the newly restored Convento de los Dominicus in Santo Domingo at 6pm on Tuesday, 19 June, followed by a toast at the Quinta Dominica on Calle Padre Billini at the intersection of Duarte street in the Colonial City from 7-8pm.
|Memorable show by Maridalia and Frank Ceara
Hard Rock Cafe Santo Domingo will be the stage for a performance by Maridalia Hernandez (first female vocalist with Juan Luis Guerra's 4x40) and Frank Ceara. They will sing a selection of old time favorites and new duets that are guaranteed to make the evening memorable. Get tickets early because it is sure to be completely sold out. The show begins at 9pm.
For more on upcoming events, see www.dr1.com/calendar