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June 25, 2013
  • 4.12% more tourists arrive in May
  • Audio guides for deaf visitors
  • Bannister gets 4 Diamonds by AAA
  • Festi'Vela: Sailing regattas in Las Terrenas
  • Tour the DR in a Mini Cooper Convertible
4.12% more tourists arrive in May
The Central Bank reports that non-resident visitors totaled 329,422 in May, up 4.12% or 13,045 additional tourists compared to the same month last year. Nevertheless, travel so far this year has only increased 0.25%, when adding up arrivals from January to May 2013, compared to the first five months of last year. The decline is attributed to the financial crisis in Europe and to cancellations of some flights from key source markets.
According to the Central Bank statistics, arrivals from the United States (14,136 additional travelers) and Canada (4,458 more travelers) continued to increase. North American tourists make up 60.28% of all foreign tourists. Travel from Argentina and Chile was also up, but Germany was the only European country from where more travelers came this year.
Punta Cana received 1,177,425 foreign tourists, or 64.06% of all arrivals. Las Americas was the second main airport, with 323,171 passengers so far this year, or 17.58% of the total. Puerto Plata has received 198,260, or 10.79%, Santiago's Cibao Airport (3.24%), La Romana (2.68%).
92.54% of foreign travelers said they stayed in hotels and 94.33% came for leisure. Of every 100 passengers, 64 are between the ages of 21 and 49. Gender wise, 52.87% of travelers are female.
Audio guides for deaf visitors
Audio guides for people with hearing impairments are now available at the Cathedral, Alcazar, Casas Reales Museum and Dominican Museum of Man. The guides come with a small screen where international interpreter Elisabeth Horky provides explanations about the monuments in sign language, as reported in Diario Libre. Audio Guide Dominicana, which installed the system at leading Dominican historical sites, has been offering the service since May. The interpreter uses American Sign Language for the English version and an adaptation to Dominican sign language for the Spanish version. Audio Guide Dominicana says the service will soon also be available for the Fortaleza Ozama, Museo de la Resistencia, Museo de Arte Moderno, Museo de la Familia and Convento de los Dominicos, along with others in the Colonial City.
www.diariolibre.com/sociedad/2013/06/21/i389282_museos-dominicanos-implementan-video-guias-para-sordos.html
Bannister gets 4 Diamonds by AAA
The Bannister Hotel at Puerto Bahia in Samana has been awarded the 4 Diamond category by the United States AAA tourism guide. The Bannister is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World chain. Its rooms overlook the Samana mountains and bay. Less than 5% of the 30,000 hotels approved by AAA have made the Four Diamond list. Only 4.8% of the 30,000 lodgings approved by AAA make the Four Diamond list.
Download the PDF to see who they are: AAA Four Diamond Hotels
Festi'Vela: Sailing regattas in Las Terrenas
The Festi'Vela brings sailing enthusiasts to focus on the beach at Las Terrenas on 5, 6 and 7 July. The event is being organized by the Las Terrenas Kitesurf Club. There will be exhibitions of boat and sailing equipment, Laser, Optimist and Sunfish regattas. There will also be a kitesurf competition in Race and Freestyle categories, followed by dancing and live concert and DJ in the evenings. Pueblo de los Pescadores.
For more information write to [email protected] or call 849-804-3845
Tour the DR in a Mini Cooper Convertible
This new tour was recently launched by Minitours for sightseeing in Punta Cana, Altos de Chavon, Bayahibe and Boca de Yuma. The family tour includes lunch and non-alcoholic beverages and departs daily from 9 to 5pm. Minitours representative Matias Mut says the company also sells and rents the Mini Coopers in the east, offering maintenance services in the area.
For more information, call 829 745-1047 or write [email protected]

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