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December 11, 2012
  • Samana write-up in Toronto Star
  • Iberia to suspend SDQ-MAD flight in April
  • Moreno Fassi and Remy Taveras at Fiesta Jazz
  • DR1 + Ministry of Tourism Samana Guide
Samana write-up in Toronto Star
With the start of Air Canada's flight nonstop from Toronto to Samana's International Airport, the destination is now closer for Toronto and Montreal residents. The November launch of the new JetBlue route from JFK International in New York is another alternative for an easy flight to Samana.
Travel writers have begun to feature stories on the destination. Mark Stevens, writing for The Star focuses on Los Haitises, the peninsula's main nature reserve.
The first impression is not unusual. He paints the landscape, writing:
"Islands grow up almost straight out of the water. A surreal caravan of great camel humps of land plods toward the eastern horizon. They are clad in vegetation in many shades of green; liana vines hang down and sway in the wind from heights of 200 ft. The vegetation is so thick on shore, you feel like you're in the middle of the Amazon...
"Directly overhead nest a flock of frigate birds, throats red as Macintosh apples. Off our beam, a hundred pelicans float on the water.
"Our skipper guides the boat into a green tunnel, a mangrove swamp where the branches meet overhead, where the arching roots and glittering water make you feel as though you are entering the nave of a great cathedral. And we haven't even seen the caves yet."
Iberia to suspend SDQ-MAD flight in April
It's official. On 8 December Iberia announced the suspension of its direct flight from Madrid to Santo Domingo from April. Other cancellations included its flight to Havana. The routes are being cut in an attempt to reduce costs.
"The routes that we are leaving are those that have shown the greatest losses and we have no chance of making them profitable in the short term. When Iberia is competitive again, we will look into the possibility of re-opening them," said Iberia's Chief Executive Rafael Sanchez-Lozano. The news came after it was revealed that the airline would reduce its 20,000 workforce by 4,500. The airline has asked employees who retain their jobs to take pay cuts, which are up to 47% for its pilots.
The trouble for passengers has already begun. Unions at the airline have called six days of strikes over the company's new cost-cutting plans. The action has been confirmed to begin on 14 December affecting high season vacation travel.
The Madrid to Santo Domingo route is also served by Air Europa. With the suspension of the Iberia flight, travelers are less likely to see the fare deals offered on the route now that Air Europa is left without competition. Travelers to Madrid may also opt for the Air France and Air Caraibes connections via Paris.
Moreno Fassi and Remy Taveras at Fiesta Jazz
A not-to-be-missed concert for jazz fans is scheduled for this coming Friday, 14 December when Moreno Fassi and his quintet, the Azzul Jazz Group take the stage of the Fiesta Sunset Jazz lounge for a memorable evening to recognize outstanding and most versatile artist Remy Taveras, the Dominican Republic's leading percussionist. An excellent trombone player himself, Moreno Fassi will delight audiences with his repertoire of jazz, standards, swing, Latin, bossa and his own unique compositions. Alvaro Dinzey will accompany him on piano, Remy Taveras on drums, Luigi Feliz on bass and Edgar Molina on percussion. It will be a night of Latin Jazz, Funk, Fusion, blues and much more. From 6:30pm. Admission is free but reservations are necessary. Call 809 562-8222
DR1 + Ministry of Tourism Samana Guide
The compact but comprehensive Samana Guide is now available online and in print. The 64-page English and Spanish guide presents a selection of the best of Samana chosen by Dominican Republic specialist Dolores Vicioso, who is the editorial director of dr1.
The guide also focuses on what to do and see in the three main points within this destination - Samana City, Las Galeras and Las Terrenas. Las Terrenas has the most hotel rooms and restaurants, but attractions are equally distributed among all three.
Even Dominicans who have been to Samana many times will discover new places that they never knew existed to put on their "to go list". The guide is a virtual checklist for best experiences in Samana.
The guide is part of the DR1 Guide series now available on Santo Domingo, La Romana-Bayahibe and features the DR1 Maps. Maps for the Samana Guide have been enhanced, with hotels indicated, and distances and time estimates for going from point to point.
See the guide at (4.6 MB)
The guides are sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism. Print copies can be picked up at the Ministry of Tourism. For requests, write to: Evelyn Paiewonsky at [email protected]

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