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February 4, 2014
  • Air Canada Rouge adds more flights to the DR
  • New flights to the Dominican Republic
  • Richard Kahn honored with Lifetime Achievement for Excellence
  • Focus on culture and heritage sites at WTO workshop
  • Central Bank statistics for 2013
Air Canada Rouge adds more flights to the DR
Air Canada has announced that its competitive leisure carrier subsidiary, Air Canada Rouge will be taking over several of its routes from Montreal and Toronto to Puerto Plata, Samana, Punta Cana and La Romana this spring. The airline will now be serving 28 popular vacation destinations, 22% more than last summer. This growth is greatest from Montreal where there will be in an increase of 36% more seats on these routes and 20% more flights than last summer with the introduction of additional flights to Cancun, Port-au-Prince and Punta Cana.
"Customer response to Air Canada Rouge for vacation travel has been very positive since it started flying just last summer," said Ben Smith, Air Canada's executive vice president and chief commercial officer. "The addition of more year-round Caribbean destinations to Air Canada Rouge's network is the next logical step as our leisure carrier enables us to compete on a more cost-effective basis on these routes while leveraging the strength of Air Canada Vacations." He added that "Air Canada Rouge's Caribbean services complement this summer's significant expansion to new European vacation destinations."
Air Canada Rouge currently flies to destinations in Europe and the Caribbean, Mexico and the United States.
Air Canada launched the low-cost carrier to hold on to market share in a field crowded with other vacation-oriented carriers such as Transat, Sunwing and WestJet Airlines.
The carrier pays its crews lower wages and benefits than its mainline counterpart and squeezes more seats onto the plane than the regular Air Canada design.
New flights to the Dominican Republic
The Ministry of Tourism announced new flights to the Dominican Republic during last month's FITUR travel show in Madrid.
They include Air France, which is introducing a new flight to La Romana this year, and is adding a new frequency to its Paris -Punta Cana route in the summer. Air France flies into the Punta Cana, Santo Domingo and will now also serve La Romana airport.
Condor is also adding a new flight from Munich to Puerto Plata and another from Poland to Punta Cana.
Evelop Air, the Grupo Barcelo low-cost carrier, will be adding another flight from Madrid to Punta Cana. The airline's website is promoting stays at four-five star hotels for EUR970-EUR1,150 all-included (all-inclusive hotel, taxes and airfare per person).
Richard Kahn honored with Lifetime Achievement for Excellence
The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has announced it will honor Richard S. Kahn, president of KTCpr with the Winthrop W. Grice Lifetime Achievement Award for public relations excellence during its annual Adrian Awards Gala on 24 February 2014 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Kahn was chosen as the Grice winner due to outstanding dedication to his work and to the education of future hospitality professionals throughout his career. Kahn joins the list of "who's who" in public relations excellence, such as Donald Trump and Steve Wynn who were both previously honored with the award.
A Caribbean travel specialist, Kahn is best known in the Caribbean for his work with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) over the past 23 years.
During the 1970s and 80s, Kahn worked at Travel Agent Magazine leaving as Associate Publisher to form his own boutique public relations firm.
However, during his 22 years as a journalist, Kahn served two terms as President of the New York Travel Writers Association and once as Vice Chairman of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Northeast Chapter and was a vocal critic of poor public relations.
Poor writing, unnecessary badgering and misguided press releases were among his key complaints which turned Kahn into an outspoken critic about public relations professionals with a tunnel vision objective to please their clients - not to serve the needs of the writers and editors.
Many of Kahn's travel writer colleagues and friends were surprised that he launched a public relations firm after such hard criticism of the field over the years. Kahn decided to hire fresh out of college, a procedure he continues to this day, and train individuals to practice public relations by focusing on the media needs and not just the client's desires. "If you become a resource for the media, they will cover the clients when appropriate," he says.
Focus on culture and heritage sites at WTO workshop
An International Seminar on Tourism Destinations Management in Cultural Heritage Sites will take place in Santo Domingo on 17-18 February.
Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia, Santo Domingo Mayor Roberto Salcedo, World Tourism Organization Secretary General Taleb Rifai and President Danilo Medina will be speaking during the event. The presentations will take place at the Occidental El Embajador Hotel.
Maribel Villalona will be making a presentation on Managing cultural heritage sites abroad in Quito, Ecuador, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Old Havana and Santo Domingo. Kishore Rao, director of UNESCO's World Heritage Center is also taking part.
There will be presentations on the Mundo Maya cultural route in Guatemala, the coffee route in Colombia, the Mexican Magic towns and the Dominican Chocolate route by Hector Rizek.
Case studies on Santa Ana de Coro in Venezuela, the old city in Panana, Cusco-Machu Picchu in Peru and La Citadelle and Sans Souci in Haiti will also be featured.
The event includes panel discussions on education, gastronomy and cultural practices.
See the preliminary program at
Central Bank statistics for 2013
The Central Bank says that arrivals in December were 490,019 non-resident visitors, up 10.1%, or 45,011 more tourists when compared to last year. The year closed with total arrivals of 4,689-770 non-resident passengers, which is 127,164 more tourists than last year, or up 2.8%. Foreign non-resident tourists were up 3.6%, with an additional 141,061 travelers, for a total of 4,064,754 foreign visitors. Travel through Punta Cana International, the airport that handles the majority of passengers in the country, was up 13.9% in December. Overall, 2,584,871 visitors arrived by that port of entry, for 63.6% of all non-resident foreign arrivals.
For 2013, the number of non-resident and resident arrivals was 5,163,682, which was up 116,661 visitors compared to 2012, for a 2.3% increase.
Most tourists come from the United States and Canada, with travel up from these destinations 11.1% in December 2013. Overall for 2013, US and Canadian traffic was up 139,369 visitors. Venezuela (+4,031), Argentina (+2,37) and Brazil (+1,772) also sent more tourists than ever in December. This was 21,620 more in 2013.
Europe showed a slight improvement with an increase of 8,599 tourists, a significant number when compared to the decline of 2,673 passengers in 2012. There were more travelers from Germany (3,884), Russia (2,214), the United Kingdom (1,716) and Ukraine (1,256), among others.
The countries showing the greatest growth in tourist arrivals were: United States (+143,923), Germany (29,700), Russia (20,808), Chile (13,120), Brazil (11,377) and the UK (10,224).
Punta Cana continues to be the airport of choice for most tourists, with 2,584,871 or 63.6% of all foreign arrivals. This was followed by Las Americas with 800,218 passengers or 19.7%, Puerto Plata with 353,857 passengers or 8.7%, Cibao 168,446 passengers with 4.2% and La Romana with 91,481 passengers or 2.2%. Samana's Catey received 54,126 passengers and La Isabela handled 11,755.

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