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January 6, 2015
  • 7.7% annual travelers increase through November 2014
  • Cigar lovers invited to Cigar Festival 2015
  • Golf Pro-Am at Casa de Campo for 2015
  • Sly & The Latin Bars in the Colonial City
7.7% annual travelers increase through November 2014
Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia says that DR tourism experienced a growth of 7.7% at the close of November 2014. He attributed the increase to cooperation between public and private sectors. He said that 2015 would be an even better year, with a forecast growth rate of more than 10%.
Garcia said that the number of arrivals broke records in almost every month of the year, adding that hotels purchased more than US$500 million from local farm and agribusiness producers.
Garcia said that Central Bank statistics show that travel increased 9.3% in November 2014 compared to the same month in 2013. A total of 33,293 more visitors arrived, for a total of 392,283 in November 2014.
From January to November 2014, 4,607,047 tourists visited, which is 407,296 more than in the previous year, for a 7.7% increase.
Garcia said that 2015 would be an even better year because the right conditions are in place. He mentioned that the country would benefit from major agreements the Ministry of Tourism has signed during international travel markets abroad.
He said the country is on firm track to reach the 10-million tourist goal, as stated by President Danilo Medina when he took office in 2012.
http://www.elnuevodiario.com.do/app/article.aspx?id=405610
Cigar lovers invited to Cigar Festival 2015
Cigar manufacturers in the Dominican Republic are inviting aficionados to the Procigar Festival 2015 that will take place at venues in Puerto Plata, Santiago, Bonao and La Romana. There will be cigar factory and tobacco field tours to General Cigar, Davidoff, Quesada Cigars, La Aurora, Corporacion Cigar Export, Tabacalera La Alianza-EP Carrillo, La Flor Dominicana, Tabacalera Palma and the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation. The agenda also includes gala dinners, sailing on a catamaran along the north coast, cigar seminars, a charity poker tournament, Brugal Rum tour, and even merengue lessons. To register, see http://procigar.org/procigar-festival-2015
Golf Pro-Am at Casa de Campo for 2015
Casa de Campo, the leading golf resort in the Caribbean, will be celebrating the 2015 Casa de Campo Pro-Am Series this January and March. The dates are 41st Annual CDC International Pro-Am from 28th Caribbean International Pro-Am II from 12-17 January 2015 (sold out), and 31st Caribbean International Pro-Am from 26-31 January 2015 and 2-7 March 2015.
For the past 33 years golf professionals from all over the world have played in the event to enjoy the advantages of vacationing in La Romana, beyond some of the best golf in the Caribbean at the Teeth of the Dog, Links and Dye Fore courses.
http://www.casadecampogolf.com/index.php
Sly & The Latin Bars in the Colonial City
If you are in Santo Domingo this week, don't miss the outstanding spectacle of jazz on the steps of Calle El Conde. Sly & The Latin Bars will be playing on Thursday, 8 January 2015 as of 8pm. This is a Latin Jazz Fusion group with Sly de Moya, Roberto Olea, Julito Figueroa, July Monte, Angel Pillier and guests. No cover, but get there early to find a step seating.
For more events, see http://www.dr1.com/calendar

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