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March 19, 2013
  • DR wins third best stand award in ITB
  • Long Night of the Museums for the Colonial City
  • Yoga retreat in Jarabacoa for Easter
  • Mega Chavon for Easter
  • Sunwing to open Royaltan Punta Cana and Royalton Splash
DR wins third best stand award in ITB
The Dominican Republic stand at ITB 2013 (6-10 March 2013) tourism trade show held in Berlin was selected as the third best stand in the Americas. Every year the Cologne Business School and ITB Berlin award the best of the best exhibitors. The DR won the third best among 12,000 exhibitors for criteria including information content, interactivity, interesting effects and service quality. The award ceremony took place on 9 March in the Palais at the Funkturm on the Berlin trade fair premises. The best three of each category took the stage to receive the prestigious award. In the Americas & the Caribbean category the winners were Peru, Panama and the Dominican Republic.
In the Fitur trade show held in Madrid earlier this year, the Dominican Republic stand won Best Show Award.
Long Night of the Museums for the Colonial City
The Ministry of Culture has organized four Long Nights of Museums in the Dominican Republic. The event, following an initiative by UNESCO and ICOM, enables residents and tourists alike to visit the many Dominican museums in the evening. The first of this year will take place, Saturday, 23 March. All the museums in the Colonial City are participating this Saturday, 23 March.
Yoga retreat in Jarabacoa for Easter
A new kind of tourism is taking on in the Dominican Republic. Yoga retreats are becoming more popular.
Yoga fans, or anyone who would like to begin their journey, should look into the Shiva Das four-day retreat organized for 27-31 March in Jarabacoa. The group will be staying at the Sonido del Yaque ecolodge in Manabao.
Shiva Das is a disciple of Yoga Master Prabhuji, and has lived with him for many years at his Ashram in India. He has taught numerous courses and workshops on the teachings of Prabhuji and Vikukti Yoga. The cost of the retreat is RD$9,000. Participants will be able to take Japa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Ratha Yoga classes as well as practicing meditation and other disciplines. Contact Shivadas at Tel 829 847-8823 or email: [email protected]
Mega Chavon for Easter
On Saturday, 30 March, as part of the Easter Week celebrations, the Altos de Chavon amphitheater in Casa de Campo, La Romana presents the Mega Fest Mega Chavon. The stars of the evening are Fernando Villalona and Sergio Vargas, two living legends of Dominican merengue music. Also starring that evening are urban balladist Wason Brazoban, and urban musicians Poeta Callejero, Mozart La Para and Los Teke Teke. Tickets are for sale at ticketexpress.com.do and at the front desk of Casa de Campo in La Romana, and at the offices of the Altos de Chavon Amphitheater. In San Pedro de Macoris and La Romana city they are for sale at Wind Telecom offices. For more information, call 809 227-0103.
Sunwing to open Royaltan Punta Cana and Royalton Splash
Leading Canadian tour operator Sunwing has announced it will invest US$40 million to expand and improve the former Grand Paradise Ahmsa Marina properties in Punta Cana. Lawrence R. Elliot of the Sunwing Travel Group says that Sunwing will promote the 1,048 rooms as the Royalton Punta Cana and Royalton Splash (marketed to the family). He made the announcement in Canada. Elliot said that Sunwing bookings to the destinations in the north are up 12%. He said that the renovation work on the Punta Cana hotels would begin on 1 May. The new opening is scheduled for 15 December.

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