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November 20, 2012
  • Body Worlds the exhibition open at Agora Mall
  • 6.84% increase in non-resident arrivals from Jan-Oct 2012
  • Where tourists visiting the DR come from
  • Cirque du Soleil's Saltimbanco in Santo Domingo
Body Worlds the exhibition open at Agora Mall
Gunther von Hagens' leading international exhibition Body Worlds is open at Agora Mall in Santo Domingo until the end of February. Described as life changing, this exhibit has visited more than 70 cities worldwide and has been seen by more than 35 million people. Especially educational, children and adults can see for themselves, for instance, how smoking affects the lungs. Tickets range from RD$795 (fast pass), RD$595 regular adults to RD$395 for children, and RD$350 for school groups. They can be purchased online at or at Uepa Tickets in MovieMax off La Cadena supermarket on Abraham Lincoln Avenue.
This must-see exhibition was created by a scientist, Dr Gunther von Hagens, to show the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the human body through anatomical studies of the body in distress, disease and optimal health.
More than 200 plastinates - specimens preserved through 'plastination', which is a process of preserving human tissue, teach the visitors about the human body in penetrating detail in many different ways.
The exhibition enables visitors to witness the arc of ageing - the body living through time from the spark of conception to old age - refracted through the latest findings in longevity and ageing science. "The older I get, the more I realize that death is normal and that it is life that is exceptional," said Dr von Hagens. "I hope this exhibition will encourage people to strive to live with inspiration every day throughout their lives."
6.84% increase in non-resident arrivals from Jan-Oct 2012
Arrivals of non-resident passengers by air were up 6.84% for the first three quarters of the year. From January to October 2012, 242,648 more travelers came, for a total of 3,788,845 non-resident arrivals. Of this total, 209,465 were foreign non-resident arrivals. The increase is attributed to promotional campaigns in international markets that have led to an increase in flights from a range of source markets and agreements between tour operators, travel agencies and airlines. Total travel for the first nine months of the year was 4,190,524 or 6.45% more, and 253,857 additional passengers. Statistics, notwithstanding, reflect a lull in traffic in October, when there was only a 1.14% increase due to the Tropical Storm Sandy that resulted in flight cancellations.
Punta Cana continues to be the airport of choice for tourists with 2,005,156 choosing to travel to this beach destination, or 61.20% of total arrivals. Las Americas (SDQ) is second with 20.96, next is Puerto Plata (POP) with 9.05, Cibao (4.33%), El Catey and La Romana (1.81% each).
Research shows that 93% of tourists visiting came for leisure reasons, and 88.6% stayed at hotels. Local tourism is young, with 65% between the ages of 21 and 49.
Where tourists visiting the DR come from
Most tourists visiting the Dominican Republic are from the United States and Canada, reporting an increase of 188,809 tourists. A total of 45,228 more travelers came from South America. This counterbalanced the decline in travelers from Europe, with 30,522 fewer visitors. Traditional source markets such as the UK, Italy, Spain and Germany showed declines.
There were 159,174 more tourists from the United States. Next in the numbers of increases in tourists were Russia (33,852), Canada (26,838), Venezuela (18,209), Chile 8,944, Peru (6,789), Argentina (5,838), France (5,046), Colombia (4,730) and Brazil (3,857).
Cirque du Soleil's Saltimbanco in Santo Domingo
Cirque du Soleil's Saltimbanco show is on at the Palacio de los Deportes arena from 22-25 November. Tickets are RD$1,500, RD$3,000, RD$4,000 and RD$6,000. Created in 1992, Saltimbanco is a recreation of the longest-running Cirque du Soleil show that still continues to tour around the world.
The word Saltimbanco, literally "to jump on a bench" in Italian, is used to describe a street performer or entertainer. The show is about a fantastical urban environment where diversity is celebrated. The many characters are citizens of the city and represent different types of people in real life.? There are usually about eight acts in the show, including Adagio, Chinese poles, juggling, Boleadoras, Russian swing, Duo trapeze, hand to hand, and bungees. In addition, there will be a lot of acting and dancing typical of any Cirque du Soleil show. ?The schedule for Saltimbanco is: Thursday, 22 November 7:30pm, Friday 23 November 7:30pm, Saturday 24 November 3:30pm & 7:30pm, and Sunday 25 November 1pm & 5pm.

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