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January 7, 2014
  • DR travel up 3% in 2013, despite snowstorms
  • Travel experience for next year
  • Kandela shows at Altos de Chavon
  • Last days to see the Duarte exhibition
DR travel up 3% in 2013, despite snowstorms
Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia forecasts that travel to the Dominican Republic will set a new record in 2014. He told Diario Libre that travel in 2013 ended with a 3% increase compared to 2012. He said this is the fifth consecutive year of growth in the travel sector. According to the minister, in the past two years the country has posted numbers that are higher than the global and regional average. Garcia said the 3% is a great achievement taking into account difficulties with strong snowstorms that have affected the main source market, the United States. He said the country has suffered the effects of the large number of flight suspensions. This past week more than 30 flights have been suspended due to the recent snowstorms.
Garcia said that the start of operation of the Maimon cruiseship terminal, Amber Cove in Puerto Plata is also expected to have a positive effect on visitors. He says that around 600,000 travelers are expected to visit in the first year of the new port operations. The terminal is being built by Carnival Cruise company.
The minister said that the new highways connecting Santo Domingo with Punta Cana would also have a positive effect. The government recently inaugurated the San Pedro de Macoris bypass, the expansion of the La Romana-San Pedro highway to four lanes, the La Romana bypass and the Punta Cana Boulevard, in addition to the recently opened Coral Highway. In addition, the Santiago bypass is scheduled to open next year, reducing travel time from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata.
Travel experience for next year
The noontime 1 January mass at the Cathedral makes for a memorable visit to the first cathedral in the New World. The Cathedral Choir performs, making for an extra special occasion. Mass is scheduled to be said by the head of the Dominican church. And, this year, the President and First Lady were present. The beauty of it all is that there are no lines to get in, and seating in the mahogany pews is most likely to be available. This is because city residents are still sleeping off the effects of New Year partying. Attire can be formal or informal, but no shorts.
Kandela shows at Altos de Chavon
Altos de Chavon amphitheater is presenting its tropical music extravaganza with 50 dancers and two famous local singers onstage on Mondays in January, February and March: 13, 20, 27 January, 3, 10, 17, 24 February, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 March, 9pm. Tickets US$35 for sale in Casa de Campo and Altos de Chavon. Purchase the ticket to the show and get there early to tour the Marina de Casa de Campo, visit the golf courses and tour the Chavon Archeological Museum and other Altos de Chavon attractions.
With La Romana now only an hour's drive from Punta Cana and Santo Domingo on good highways, this is doable for tourists staying in Santo Domingo, Boca Chica, Juan Dolio or Punta Cana.
Last days to see the Duarte exhibition
The Centro Leon, Santiago's leading museum and cultural center, is presenting the exhibition "Duarte: Collective Visions in Interlinked Spaces" that features more than 25 works by Dominicans living in the DR and abroad (Colectivo Dominican York-Proyecto Grafica). The exhibition originally went on show at the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York in February 2013. The exhibition commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Dominican Republic's main founding father, Juan Pablo Duarte and the center's own 10th anniversary. The exhibition continues through 26 January.

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