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July 3, 2012
  • New board at Samana Hotel and Tourism Association
  • DR wins Most Popular Stand award at China fair
  • Dominican Annual Tourism Forum
  • Mango Festival in Bayahibe
  • Ministry of Tourism publishes new guide for La Romana-Bayahibe
New board at Samana Hotel and Tourism Association
The leading tourism association in Samana, AHETSA has announced that its 2012-2014 board will be chaired by Frederic Schad, who represents Bahia Cruise Ltd. He immediately announced goals to push for sustainable and orderly growth to make the most of the region's natural and cultural attractions. The new chairman promised to promote local business involvement and alliances with the public sector for the best advantage of the destination. The association, which was created in 2010, works closely with the Samana Tourism Cluster.
The other members of the board are Julio Llibre, Coral Hospitality; Ignacio Pena Grullon, Aerodom, Juan Francisco Bancalari, Playa Dosu; Jose Miguel Barcelo, Marina Puerto Bonito; Llilda Solano, De Marchena Kaluche & Asociados; Melissa Prieto, Promotres de Desarrollo El Portillo; Azor Hazoury, Rincon Bay; Rafael Blanco Canto, Viva Las Terrenas; Oscar I. San Martin, Grupo CEB; Ernesto Selman, Nexus RD; Jaime Barcelo, Balcones del Atlantico; Vicky Malla, Centro Cuesta Nacional and Cynthia Vega, Bahia Estillero.
DR wins Most Popular Stand award at China fair
The Dominican Republic has won the first prize for most popular stand at the 9th BITE-Expo Beijing Travel Fair 2012. The event took place in Beijing from 15-17 June. The stand was organized by Giselle Diaz and Evelyn Paiewonsky, heads of public relations and e-marketing at the Ministry of Tourism. Travel businesses interested in attracting the Chinese travelers attend the fair, which has become one of the leading Asian travel events with the increasing number of Chinese tourists who are vacationing abroad. This year, the Dominican Republic was the only Caribbean country represented. The fair jury commended the stand for its cultural attractiveness and arts and crafts on exhibit. A playful Diablo Cojuelo (carnival 'horned devil') entertained visitors during the three-day event. Evelyn Paiewonsky stressed the potential of developing this emerging market, despite the long flight from China and the connections that would need to be made. Representatives of the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana, Blue Travel Partner and Turmaya accompanied the Ministry of Tourism delegation this year, the first time the DR has attended the event.
The Ministry of Tourism says that China has a population of 1.3 billion. In 2011, more than 70 million Chinese citizens traveled abroad, according to statistics from the China National Tourism Administration. The World Tourism Organization estimates that the number of Chinese travelers will have increased to 100 million by 2015.
Dominican Annual Tourism Forum
The Dominican Consortium for Tourism Competitiveness announces the celebration of the Dominican Annual Tourism Forum for 31 October-1 November 2012 at the Dominican Fiesta Hotel in Santo Domingo. In their promotion of the event, the organizers make the point that the Dominican Republic has declined from being ranked 62nd in World Competitiveness by the World Economic Forum to 110th of 147 countries. The event will take place with the start of the new Danilo Medina administration and expectations for a new team to take over from the eight-year Fernandez administration. The event is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, the National Competitiveness Council (CNC), the National Hotel & Tourism Association (Asonahores) and the Association of Tour Operators of the Dominican Republic (Opetur). For reservations, email [email protected] or Call 809 872-0001.
Mango Festival in Bayahibe
The southwestern province of Bani is famous for its mid-June Mango Festival. Now mango producers in the Dominican Republic, with the backing of USAID and the Mango Cluster have organized the First Mango Festival in Bayahibe, the beach town in La Romana tourist destination. There will be tastings of around 20 varieties of mangos, and resorts in the town are cooking with mangos to delight their guests with something exotic and very Caribbean. Mango producers are bringing truckloads of mangos for the enjoyment of the people of La Romana and tourists staying in the destination.
Ministry of Tourism publishes new guide for La Romana-Bayahibe
The Ministry of Tourism has published a new comprehensive tourism guide for La Romana-Bayahibe tourism destination in the southeast, less than two hours drive from Santo Domingo or Punta Cana. The 64-page color guide tells all about the beaches, diving, golf, attractions, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, excursions and living in La Romana. It is part of the DR1 Guide series edited by Dolores Vicioso of dr1.com. Graphic design is by Sasha de Lemos. The guide is available from the Ministry of Tourism at their Santo Domingo headquarters (Tel 809 221-4660, Department of Publicity, E-Marketing), upon request, and can be downloaded in pdf format from http://dr1.com/travel/laromanaguide.pdf

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