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June 10, 2014
  • Brazil to promote its Corcovado look-alike Jesus in Puerto Plata
  • Baseball starts 16 October
  • 5,170 weddings since 2012
  • Courtyard Santo Domingo: Rates include high-speed Wi-Fi
Brazil to promote its Corcovado look-alike Jesus in Puerto Plata
Brazil ambassador Jose Marcus Vinicius de Sousa was in Puerto Plata for the re-launch of Puerto Plata to the Brazilian market. A delegation from Brazil was at the Mount Isabel de Torres Botanical Gardens to unveil a plaque commemorating the connection between the Christ the Redeemer statues atop Mount Isabel de Torres in Puerto and the Corcovado Mountain in Rio de Janeiro.
Dignitaries attending the ceremony also included provincial governor Eridania Llibre, Puerto Plata bishop Julio Cesar Corniel, and Ministry of Tourism officials. The event features the planting of a tree common to both Brazil and the Dominican Republic, the Ceiba Pentandra (Kapok).
The event was part of the province's latest campaign to reposition Puerto Plata, one of the first tourism destinations in the Dominican Republic. Puerto Plata's Tourism & Cultural Cluster has been highlighting the destination's eco-tourism and cultural highlights, in addition to its popular sun and sand attractions along more than 100 km of coastline, such as the beaches of Playa Dorada, Sosua and Cabarete.
Puerto Plata is the main urban hub of the north coast, with more than 300,000 inhabitants. It is also well known for its 19th century Victorian era heritage.
Baseball starts 16 October
The Dominican Winter Baseball League has announced that the 2014-2015 Baseball season starts Thursday, 16 October 2014 with a game between the Estrellas Orientales and the Toros del Este at the Francisco Micheli Ball Park in La Romana. This year the tournament is dedicated to the memory of Carlos Manuel Bonetti (Pilindo). Games will be played half an hour earlier at 7:30pm. Saturday, Sunday and holiday games will start at 5pm.
Baseball is played through February in the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo (Quisqueya Ball Park), Santiago (Cibao Ball Park), La Romana (Francisco Micheli Ball Park), San Pedro de Macoris (Tetelo Vargas Ball Park) and San Francisco de Macoris (Julian Javier Ball Park).
5,170 weddings since 2012
A total of 5,170 weddings between foreigners have been celebrated in the Dominican Republic between 2012 and 2014, 73.4% of which have taken place in Punta Cana, according to a report in Diario Libre on 5 June 2014. Data from the Central Electoral Board (JCE) indicates that there were 2,410 weddings in 2012, 2,020 in 2013 and so far in 2014 some 740.
While most of the weddings have taken place in Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata, San Rafael del Yuma (Boca de Yuma), Santiago, Samana city, Sosua, La Romana and Las Terrenas, Higuey, Boca Chica, Jarabacoa, Imbert, Nagua, Rio San Juan, and Barahona are other popular wedding destinations.
Arturo Villanueva, executive vice president of the National Hotel & Tourism Association (Asonahores) said that destination weddings provide a major increase in occupation rates for the hotel of choice because the couples attract many more for their wedding party.
Asonahores believes that the government charges non-resident foreigners too much for a legal wedding here. They need to pay RD$10,000 for the wedding, and RD$20,000 if it is held out of the civil registry office.
The Ministry of Tourism reports that popular churches for weddings are in Altos de Chavon, La Romana, the Basilica de Higuey, the cathedrals of Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo and Santiago, and the synagogue in Santo Domingo.
Courtyard Santo Domingo: Rates include high-speed Wi-Fi
The Courtyard Santo Domingo by Marriott is keeping up with the times. With the new Sheraton, Embassy Suites and JW Marriott all opening this year, the Maximo Gomez Avenue hotel has announced its recent RD$2.3 million investment to be at the forefront in Wi-Fi service to guests. The new platform includes 43 antennas installed throughout the building to ensure full Internet service (Dual-Band 5GHz/2.4GHz) to its guests in their rooms, event and public areas. The 35Mbps speed Internet service is included in the hotel or event rate, as a competitive advantage.
"With the installation of these antennas and the "Smart Wi-Fi Access Point" we expand the radius of Wi-Fi signal throughout the hotel," stated marketing director Gianell Pena. "This innovative technology allows customers to stay connected from their devices during their whole stay providing that wonderful experience with the quality and style that Marriott International has to offer in the Dominican Republic," she highlights. The new service will enable guests to conduct personal communications and professional work.
The Courtyard Santo Domingo has 143 rooms and is centrally located with easy access to the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center, the National Theater and Plaza de la Cultura cultural center, the Colonial City.

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