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October 7, 2014
  • Punta Cana preps new terminal for more US tourists
  • BwaKore of Martinique to perform in Sosua on 11 October
  • Jazz Festival ready for Puerto Plata
  • Connecting Houston and Punta Cana
Punta Cana preps new terminal for more US tourists
The new terminal under construction at the Punta Cana International Airport, a US$100 million investment, is scheduled to go into operation in time for the winter season traffic. The Punta Cana International Airport mainly serves tourists headed to the over 40,000 hotel rooms located in the 75 km Punta Cana beach stretch.
The new terminal is scheduled for opening in November 2014. It will add 33,000 square meters to the airport that handles the highest traveler numbers in the Dominican Republic. It will have two levels and a mezzanine. The terminal will have the capacity to move 3,000 passengers per hour.
The Punta Cana International Airport is the largest airport in the Caribbean. It will have 23 ramp positions and 50 passenger check-in points. The airport will have two terminals for serving traffic mainly from the Americas, another for traffic from Europe, and a fourth for private flights, VIP travel and small airplane traffic.
While the airport mainly serves tourists headed to the east coast resorts, the excellent road connections also make the airport a practical option for travelers from Santo Domingo to travel there to catch a flight or comfortably return to the capital city on the same day.
The airport has the largest number of connections in the country, with flights to around 80 countries. In 2013, the airport served 2,597,086 arriving passengers.
BwaKore of Martinique to perform in Sosua on 11 October
Listen to the beats of Martinique this Saturday, 11 October 2014 when the Caribbean jazz ensemble BwaKore of Martinique takes the stage at the Parque Mirador in Sosua, Puerto Plata at 7:30pm. The event is presented by the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival's Foundation (Fedujazz), Sosua City Council, the French Embassy in the Dominican Republic, the Alliance Francaise and the Martinique Region.
The BwaKore band members are Claude Cesaire, Alwin Lowenski, Jose Marie-Rose, Max Telephe and Jose Zebina.
BwaKore is known for maintaining their cultural island identity as they blend the improvisational spirit of jazz and textural trimmings of world music, with indigenous mazurka, Creole waltz and salsa beats. Their music is recognized for being "exceptional, progressive music rooted in French/World music culture".
In addition to the concert, BwaKore will lead music workshops at the Casa de Arte in Sosua for children in the Strings program, in conjunction with Fedujazz and Sosua City Council. The general public is welcome to attend.
Parque Mirador Sosua is in front of Playa Alicia, next to the Waterfront Restaurant. Seating is available, on a first come-first served basis.
A bus will depart from the Alliance Francaise in Santiago, Dominican Republic for the event. To reserve a seat, call 809 582-4998.
The presentation of BwaKore is a warm-up for the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, which will celebrate its 18th year (6-9 Nov 2014) with four nights of concerts in the north coast towns of Puerto Plata, Sosua and Cabarete.
Jazz Festival ready for Puerto Plata
The 18th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival will take place from 6-9 November in Puerto Plata. Venues in Puerto Plata city, Sosua and Cabarete will be hosting leading national and international jazz performers. The DR Jazz Festival is the most highly anticipated cultural event held in Puerto Plata every year. It is being sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and the Fundacion Educativa DR Jazz Festival. As a complement, workshops and master classes are held for young emerging Dominican artists. Local businesses, including Ron Macorix, Jet Blue, Sea Horse Ranch, Millennium Hotel, Ultravioleta and Casa Linda are also sponsors.
This year general admission is free. VIP tickets are US$150 and include drinks, special seating and a donation to the Dominican Jazz Education Foundation (Fedujazz).
The program is:
6 November, 8pm - Puerto Plata - Parque Independencia (Central Park):
Big Band of the Santo Domingo Music Conservatory (Dominican Republic)
Colin Hunter (Canada) sings with the legendary pianist Joe Sealy's Quartet (Drums: Daniel Barnes, Bass: Paul Novotny, Sax: Alison Young)
Pat Pereyra & Band. (Dominican Republic) Musical directors: Rafelito Mirabal and Guy Frometa. Special guest: Alex Jacquemin (France)
7 November, 8pm- Sosua - Hotel Casa Marina Amphitheater:
Benny Martinez (Dominican Republic)
Ignacio Berroa's quartet (USA) special guest: Giovanni Hidalgo (Puerto Rico)
Berklee Global Jazz Institute (USA) with special guest Joe Lovano (USA)
8 November - Cabarete Beach - 8pm:
Edgar Molina (Dominican Republic)
Berklee Global Jazz Institute (USA)
Joe Lovano's Quartet (USA)
9 November - Cabarete Beach - 8pm:
Ramon Vazquez Trio (Puerto Rico) with Edmar Colon (Puerto Rico) & Danny Diaz (Puerto Rico)
El Prodigio (Dominican Republic)
La Familia Andre (Dominican Republic)
Connecting Houston and Punta Cana
As travel gets easier for residents of the Houston, Texas area, the Punta Cana International Airport is included in the list of new destinations to be served by flights from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport this year. The airport reported a record with 8.9 million passengers flying through Bush on international flights.
Airport officials are predicting 10 million passengers will have traveled through the airport by the end of the year, including the flights to Punta Cana.
United Airlines will begin its flights to Punta Cana in December 2014.

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