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April 2, 2013
  • Michael Jordan plays golf in La Romana
  • Health tourism brings in 2.5% all travelers
  • Mexico and US win Norceca volleyball tournament
  • Getting around in Santo Domingo by Metro
Michael Jordan plays golf in La Romana
Legendary former professional basketball player Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) was in the Dominican Republic for a four-day stay for his bachelor party last month. News reports say he played golf at Teeth of the Dog and Dye Fore golf courses at the Casa de Campo Resort. He is scheduled to marry his girlfriend since 2008, Cuban Yvette Prieto in Palm Beach, Florida on 27 April. He was joined in La Romana by his former teammate Charles Oakley and his former agent.
Health tourism brings in 2.5% all travelers
Dr. Alejandro Cambiaso Rathe estimates that health tourism is responsible for around 2.5% of overall travel (4.5 million non-resident travelers in 2012) to the Dominican Republic. He believes the country is well positioned because of its geography and quality medical care at hospitals all around the country. He mentions the Hospital General Plaza de la Salud and its Cedimat affiliate, Homs in Santiago, and Hospiten in Santo Domingo and Punta Cana as examples of hospitals that are in demand by foreign travelers. Personalized attention, modern equipment, and lower costs are reasons why the services are being chosen. Cambiaso says that to make the sector more competitive, health clusters should be created, to provide logistical support. He feels the government should also consider providing incentives for health tourism and developing a legal framework to create synergies with health and wellness centers, hotels and health management plans, as reported in El Dia.
For some years now, the DR has been attractive for dental care, plastic surgery and other surgical operations.
Mexico and US win Norceca volleyball tournament
Mexicans Lombardo Ontiveros and Juan Virgen defeated the United States duo of Bradley Keenan and John Mayer with a convincing 21-14 and 21-17 to win the Norceca Beach Volleyball Tournament with competitors from several countries in Boca Chica over the Easter long weekend. The bronze medal went to Canadians Chaim Schalk and Benjamin Saxton who defeated their compatriots Christian Redman and Maciej Zbyszewski by default (knee injury). In women's Jennifer Fopma and Brooke Sweat defeated US teammates Britanny Hochevar and Summer Ross 189-21, 21-18, 17-15 for gold. The bronze went to Mexicans Bibi Candela and Marta Revuelta who defeated Canadians Heather Bansley and Elizabeth Maloney, 21-15, 16-21, 10-15.
The Ministry of Sports organized 90 beach volleyball championships at beaches in the DR for healthy entertainment during the Easter Holiday.
The Boca Chica Volleyball Tournament, which ended on Sunday, 31 March, was the second leg of the 2013 NORCECA Circuit.'s%20pools%20in%20Boca%20Chica.htm
Getting around in Santo Domingo by Metro
The second line of the Santo Domingo Metro is now in operation, connecting 14 stations in the northern part of the city with 16 of the first line that crosses the city north-south. The new line that goes under John F. Kennedy Avenue makes it easier to visit the city attractions of the Agora and Sambil malls, as the metro has stops at both commercial centers. Visitors can also check out the attractions of the Plaza de la Cultura (Museums of Dominican Man, Modern Art) and even attend shows at the National Theater. For a RD$20 fare, users can also ride Line 1 that runs north-south and provides a quick view of the city of Santo Domingo. The new 12.8km line starts at Av. Luperon and continues to the Padre Castellanos stop near the Ozama River. Passengers can connect with Line 1 at the Maximo Gomez stop. This line continues to the Centro de los Heroes, a short walk from the city's Malecon seafront boulevard.
For more details on the metro stops, see

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