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September 17, 2013
  • Discover Puerto Plata in October
  • Fodatur set for October
  • Site Executive in Punta Cana
  • Mercedes Day vacation time
Discover Puerto Plata in October
Puerto Plata will be hosting its Discover Puerto Plata Marketplace, a Puerto Plata Tourism & Cultural Cluster initiative. The event is set to take place from 16-18 October at the BeLive Grand Marien in Costa Dorada. Professionals from 20 countries are expected to attend. There will be 49 stands promoting the goods and services available in Puerto Plata. International tour operators, airlines, hotels and vacation property will be exhibiting. The event serves as a trade show and a platform for educating consumers and the trade on all that Puerto Plata has to offer. The natural, historical and cultural attractions of the North Coast will be highlighted.
Fodatur set for October
Dominican Annual Tourism Forum (FODATUR) is scheduled to take place from 29-30 October. The event is being organized by the Dominican Tourism Competitiveness Consortium (CDCT). Now in its third year, this year's Forum will focus on Tourism Planning from the angle of the National Development Strategy (END) and the government's presidential objectives.
The organizers say the conference will look at the positioning of tourism in the economy, the challenges ahead, and quality improvements in products and services to enhance competitiveness.
The topics to be discussed include the positioning of the Dominican tourism industry in the Dominican economy, Challenges Ahead for Dominican Tourism, Best Comprehensive Tourism Planning Practices, Incorporating Quality into Tourism Products, Developing New Tourism Zones, Consolidating a Proposal for the Implementation of the Tourism Strategy Plan for the Dominican Republic.
The event will take place at the Hotel Embajador in Santo Domingo.
Site Executive in Punta Cana
Participants in the 2014 Site Executive Summit will get a breakdown on how to market their destination and an overview of the latest industry trends. The two-day educational forum is booked for the Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort in Punta Cana from 31 January to 1 February 2014.
The organizers say that the objective of the event is to assist destinations by conducting an educational program on motivational experiences that will broaden the local community's understanding of the unique needs of the motivational event and travel market.
Optional post-tours will offer the opportunity to explore everything that the Dominican Republic has to offer as an ideal incentive travel destination.
Mercedes Day vacation time
Another long weekend is coming up for those able to take off Monday, 23 September. Tuesday, 24 September is a religious holiday celebrating the Day of Our Lady of Mercedes, the patron of the Dominican Republic. The holiday is a good time to travel to La Vega and visit the Santo Cerro Church.
Spanish historians describe how when the Indians and Spaniards were fighting in 1495, the image of the Virgin of Our Lady of Mercedes appeared on a wooden cross that Christopher Columbus had planted in a fruit tree. The sight of the image scared off the Indians and they retreated, giving the victory to the Spaniards.
It is customary for Dominicans to take the extra day off for the holiday, and also for business matters to be postponed until after the long weekend.
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