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August 28, 2012
  • Minister of Tourism to continue in post
  • Luis Rodriguez heads Asonahores
  • PhotoImagen takes over Santo Domingo
  • The Planet Meditates at Plaza de Espana
Minister of Tourism to continue in post
Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia has been confirmed in his cabinet position by President Danilo Medina. A graduate in Economics from the UASD and Law from UniCaribe, Garcia has been at the helm of the Ministry since 16 August 2008. He is also an expert in communications and politics, serving as general campaign coordinator for President Danilo Medina.
Garcia heads the Ministry at a time when despite difficulties in source markets, the country is posting another good year and expects to break the five million tourist barrier before the end of the year.
So far this year, from January to July 2012, a total of 2,907,598 visitors arrived by air, up 7.2% compared to the same period last year. This is 171,083 more foreign visitors and 24,208 more non-resident Dominican visitors for the first seven months.
The Central Bank attributes the increase to successful overseas promotion by the Ministry of Tourism and the private sector. The conclusion by Central Bank data analysts is that there is evidence that the recovery in the flow of tourist arrivals has consolidated.
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Luis Rodriguez heads Asonahores
Luis Emilio Rodriguez Amiama is the new president of the National Association of Hotels & Tourism (Asonahores). He will lead the main tourism sector association in the Dominican Republic from 2012 to 2014.
Rodriguez is the director of the Casa de Campo-La Romana International Airport and the Casa de Campo-La Romana Cruise Ship Port, both of which are Central Romana Corporation holdings. Rodriguez represents Casa de Campo at Asonahores.
The Executive Committee members of the 2012-2014 Asonahores board are: Luis Emilio Rodriguez, president, Casa de Campo; Ventura Serra, first vice president, senior vice president Occidental Hotels Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Cuba; Paola Rainieri de Diaz, second vice president, Puntacana Resort & Club; Maria Vasquez, third vice president, Association of Fast Food Restaurants (Adecor); Juan Bancalari, four vice president, Dominican Association of Residential Tourism (Adeti); Polibio Schiffino, treasurer, Casa Bonita; Joel Santos, vice treasurer, Coral Hospitality Corp; Luis Jose Cabral, secretary, Hotel Don Juan; and Jesus Almanzar, vice secretary, Viva Dominicus.
The regional directors are: Rafael Blanco Tejera, Viva Residence; Analie Prieto, Portillo Beach Club & Spa; Francisco Castillo, Melia Hoteles; Jesus Duran, Bahia Principe; Fernando Gomez, Hoteles Barcelo; Augusto Sanchez, Dominican Association of Restaurants Inc, (Aderes); Frank Rainieri, Association of Airports; Osvaldo Oller Bolanos, Association of Cruise Ports (Acruport); and Eduardo Reple, Santo Domingo.
Other regional directors are: Francisco Perez, Boca Chica; Jose Antonio Rodriguez Copello, Juan Dolio; Daniel Hernandez, Romana/Bayahibe; Ernesto Veloz, Punta Cana/Bavaro; Roberto Casoni, Playa Dorada; Maximo Iglesias Minino, Puerto Plata; Diego Giribaldi, Sosua/Cabarete; Federico Schad, Samana; and Edmundo Aja, Santiago.
Other board members are Julio Llibre, past president; Haydee Rainieri, president of the Advisory Committee; Simon B. Suarez, advisor; Ellis Perez, advisor; Manuel Quiterio Cedeno, public relations advisor (Cicom); Julio Schiffino, advisor; Nabij Khoury, advisor; and Arturo Villanueva, executive vice president.
PhotoImagen takes over Santo Domingo
September is a month dedicated to photography. PhotoImagen 2012 brings together 25 institutions in Santo Domingo to present 32 photography exhibits. The mega-event, which is organized by photographer Mayra Johnson, will open on Tuesday, 4 September with four large displays at the Museum of Modern Art in Plaza de la Cultura. The exhibits are: "Of the Sons of the Land," a collective exhibition by Brazilian artists curated by Diogenes Moura; Revitalized, with works by Gonzalo Cordero de Ciria, Thomas Pichardo, Elena Wen and Juan Carlos Guzman, curated by Sara Hermann; Works by Quisqueya Henriquez, Manuel Mathiu, Ariadna Canaan, Fued Yamil Koussa, Pancho Rodriguez and Fausto Ortiz, curated by Sara Hermann; "Memento Mori," curated by Carlos Acero with works by photographers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Israel, Mexico, Paraguay, the United States, Venezuela and host Dominican Republic.
The Museo de las Casas Reales is also taking part in PhotoImagen, and on Thursday, 6 September at 8pm, an exhibit curated by Sara Hermann on the border with Haiti ("At the sides of the limit - DR-Haiti") will open, with photographs by Haitians Tatiana Mora Laiataud, Neviene Smith and Marie Elizabeth Arago with others by Dominicans Carlos Acero, Pedro Farias Nardi, Pancho Rodriguez and Mayra Johnson.
That same day, the Capilla de los Remedios presents a photography exhibit by Colombian Erika Diettes.
On Friday, 7 September, the Centro Cultural de Espana presents "Places where I was loved" by Onofre Bachiller (Spain) and Glitch Progression by Venezuelan Elisa Bergel Melo, curated by artist Quisqueya Henriquez.
Casa de Teatro joins in with "Obstructions" by Pepe Coronado, "Cura Animarum" by Marielle Deluna, and "F'e largre'I" by Pedro Farias-Nardi, all Dominicans with the curatorship of Sara Hermann.
Other institutions that will host photography exhibitions include Museo de la Resistencia, Quinta Dominica, Arte Berri, Casa de Italia, Laboratorio Evolutivo, Autozama, Instituto Cultural Dominico-Americano, Museo Bellapart, District & Co., Arawak Art Gallery, Mesa Fine Arts and Galeria Bodden, as reported in Diario Libre. One of the exhibits is by Roger Zayas, better known as a member of Juan Luis Guerra's 4-40 Group.
The Planet Meditates at Plaza de Espana
Imagine hundreds of people meditating in front of the most important Colonial City monument, the Columbus Alcazar.
The Art of Living Foundation in the Dominican Republic, with the backing of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Culture's Monumental Heritage Department is coordinating the Dominican participation in a simultaneous meditation event for 100 cities worldwide. The event is scheduled for Sunday, 9 September at 5pm at the Plaza de Espana in Santo Domingo's Colonial City.
The organizers say that participants who follow the instructors' directions will experience profound stress relief, mental calm for dealing with problems and situations, and for connecting to positive emotions to enhance welfare, emotional balance and happiness in life and one's surroundings. No previous experience is needed to join this world call to peace.
For more information, see http://artofliving.org/do-es

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