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September 11, 2012
  • Training the surfers of tomorrow
  • The 6 deputy ministers at the Ministry of Tourism
  • Chinese tourists and businesspeople welcomed
  • Guests with special needs most welcome at Viva Dominicus
  • Sergio Vargas at his best
Training the surfers of tomorrow
The Dominican Surfing Federation has a training program for young people in Barahona province to become surfers. Volunteers Mateo Holmes and Raylin D. Romero Feliz spent the month of August in Playa San Rafael where surfboards and training were provided. The goal is to educate local youngsters so they can learn the sport while contributing to their integral development so they can make positive contributions to their communities. The program also includes environmental awareness training, so they can help protect the beach ecosystems. This month the federation will take the same program to Playa Paraiso, and in October they will be at Playa Enriquillo. Playa Bahoruco is another surfer beach in the area. Playa Mosquea (Pedernales), about an hour's drive away, is also popular with surfers. Nearer to Santo Domingo, Pathos in Nizao (San Cristobal), and Chinchorro and Manresa in Haina (Santo Domingo) are surfer beaches on the south coast. The program is aimed at training local young people to work as surf instructors in the area.
The 6 deputy ministers at the Ministry of Tourism
The Medina administration has been downsizing government and instead of dozens of deputy ministers, a common feature of previous administrations, it has appointed just six. The six deputy ministers of tourism appointed on 1 September by Decree 532-12 are: Radhames Martinez Aponte, Ramon Cruz Dilone, Fausto Rafael Fernandez, Cesar Jose de los Santos, Rafael Baron Duluc and Marcia Patricia Isa. Medina also appointed Francisco Carreras as Presidential tourism advisor.
Chinese tourists and businesspeople welcomed
Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia has accepted the challenge of turning the Dominican Republic into the destination of choice for visitors from the People's Republic of China. He said that attracting this emerging and growing market could make the difference in meeting the target of 10 million tourists announced by President Danilo Medina in his inaugural speech. The DR is the leading Caribbean destination with five million tourists expected by the end of this year. The Minister recently hosted a delegation from Guangdong province with the mission of exploring potential for increased business and travel. Guangdong, China's most populous province is located on the South China Sea. Its industrial city Shenzhen is one of the most important in China and is located a close commute from Hong Kong.
The mission was headed by foreign trade director Gao Shoujian, as reported in Diario Libre.
"In the same way as we are the leading Caribbean destination for the Russians and the French, we have all the tools to become the destination of choice for the Chinese," said Garcia.
Guests with special needs most welcome at Viva Dominicus
Viva Wyndham Dominicus resorts are extending a welcome to visitors with special needs.
Accessibility is an important priority at Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach and Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace that wants to make sure that all guests are able to make the most of the activities the hotels have to offer. Guest rooms at the hotel have been fitted for the special needs of disabled guests so they too can have an enjoyable and safe stay. Both hotels have wheelchair accessible elevators and doors, wheelchair accessible restaurants, beach, pool, theater and other recreational areas.
The hotels are the first to make available special ramps in wood, with signage for wheelchair users. The hotel has Job and Job Walker chairs for access to the beach. The chairs are located next to the water sports office, and sports staff members have been trained to assist guests with special needs. Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach and Palace have 934 rooms between them, and their beach was the first in the Caribbean to receive the prestigious European Blue Flag certificate.
Sergio Vargas at his best
Merengue and bolero singer Sergio Vargas takes the stage of Santo Domingo's National Theater for two performances at the main Carlos Piantini hall on Friday, 14 September and Saturday, 15 September. He is celebrating his 30 years in show business. This is a Guillermo Cordero production.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wAGBPEuyxA
For more on upcoming events, see www.dr1.com/calendar

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