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October 2, 2012
  • Travel writing awards 2012
  • Sailing school open at the Santo Domingo Yacht Club
  • Tourism Competitiveness Conference
  • Construction progresses on Bavaro-Uvero Alto highway
  • First Colonial Fest in Santo Domingo
Travel writing awards 2012
Travel journalist Ircania Vazquez has been awarded the Grand Tourism Journalism Award 2012 for 17 investigative reports published in Listin Diario. The awards ceremony is organized by Occidental Hotels & Resorts and the Dominican Tourism Press Association (Adompretur) with the sponsorship of the Ministry of Tourism and the participation of the Juan Luis Guerra Foundation. This year 57 journalists competed for the awards.
Other winners were Higinia de la Cruz (Noemi) and Miguel Gomez of CDN in TV, Roddy Perez in TV documentary and Murgul Shayakmetova for the documentary Heroes anonimos on the Internet.
In online tourism, Adolfo Lopez was commended for his Ecoviajes contributions on accessdr.com and for 10 features.
The photography category was won by journalist Juan Sangiovani, with Atardecer en Salinas published in El Nacional. Alex Jimenez won the award for his photographs in Primicias.
Anny Mariel Gomez was recognized as the most outstanding journalist in Puerto Plata. Others receiving special mentions were Pascual Nunez for his photographs of sunsets on the Malecon published in El Nacional, Yamira Taveras of Hoy and Martin Polanco of El Caribe.
The jury also honored Sabrina Brugal for her 23 years transmitting Sabrina en Fin de Semana that presents tourism industry attractions and offers, mainly in the Dominican Republic.
CCN received a special recognition from the jury for the documentary, La Vega, from the Pride of My Land (Orgullo de mi tierra) series.
Sailing school open at the Santo Domingo Yacht Club
Make the most of your stay in Santo Domingo, Boca Chica and Juan Dolio to receive excellent training in sailing. The Santo Domingo Yacht Club sailing school is open to sailing enthusiasts of all ages. There are Optimist, Capri, 420, and Sunfish classes for children and adults in the afternoons, and Optimist classes on Saturday and Sunday mornings, Sunfish for adults on Saturdays, and Sunfish for teenagers on Sunday mornings. For more information, contact the Yacht Club Sailing School, Mobile 809 390 8173. In Santo Domingo, call 809 549-6137.
Tourism Competitiveness Conference
Clusters and tourism industry members have announced that the Dominican Annual Tourism Forum (Fodatur) will take place 31 October and 1 November at the Dominican Fiesta Hotel in Santo Domingo. The event is sponsored by USAID through its Empowering in Sustainable Tourism program.
Destination management will be the key theme during the event that seeks to encourage commitments, actions and strategies for tourism development.
For more information and to register, call 809 872-0001 or see www.turismocdct.org
Construction progresses on Bavaro-Uvero Alto highway
Brazilian construction company Odebrecht is on schedule for the construction of the northern stretch of the new highway network linking developments along the Punta Cana coastline. The new stretch will link Bavaro to Uvero Alto-Miches and Sabana de la Mar, from where tourists can cross the bay to Samana. The stretch connects to the Boulevard Turistico del Este that in turn connects to the Coral Highway, also built by Odebrecht, which puts tourists half an hour from La Romana and 2-1/2 hours from Santo Domingo.
As reported in Diario Libre, the highway includes the construction of a tourist port in Samana.
The construction includes 10 new bridges and repair of a further 20.
As reported, the highway is scheduled for completion between April and November 2014.
First Colonial Fest in Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo celebrates its First Colonial Fest (CFEST) to commemorate the culture, art, music, gastronomy and history of the Dominican Republic amidst the monumental settings of the first city in the New World. During the Festival, set for 12-14 October 2012, all the museums will be open until midnight, the bells of the Colonial City will be rung in unison in the evenings, and restaurants will offer Dominican cuisine-themed menus.
There will be five musical evening activities with concerts of urban, jazz, blues and Latin music, symphony concerts, choir performances, arts and crafts market, and activities for children.

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