Monday, February 08, 2016

WHY ANOTHER MONUMENT TO EMPTY DREAMS?

So, I came across this news and wondered why would they (Santo Domingo) build yet another huge edifice on the Malecon with no long-term plan to sustain it? The city needs far more foreign conventions/business/travelers and the city is not proactive in seeking this all-important segment of income. Have they not seen the trend of major players fleeing the area?

Work is progressing on the construction of what will be the largest convention hall in the Dominican Republic at the Ministry of Foreign Relations (Mirex) Malecon headquarters. The hall will have seating for 4,500 people.

The government is building the convention hall in Santo Domingo to host the Ordinary General Assembly of the Organization of American States that is set for 13-15 June 2016, summits of foreign ministers and heads of government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and around 20 other international events starting June 2016. The inauguration is scheduled to take place before the general elections on 15 May 2016. In the past, most major conventions were held in the large convention facilities in hotels in Punta Cana on the east coast.

As reported in El Dia, the new center is an extension of the existing Ministry of Foreign Relations meetings center. Two new halls are being added as well as underground parking for 450 vehicles. The latest audiovisual technology is being incorporated at the center, which is being equipped to host meetings for between 200 and 4,500 people.

Mirex administrative director Freddy Radhames Rodriguez says that the decision to expand the existing meeting center at the Ministry of Foreign Relations was taken because marketing feasibility studies showed it was "the perfect place for infrastructure of this kind." He highlighted that the location in front of the Caribbean Sea and the existing 1,000 hotel rooms within walking distance on the Malecon itself complements the project. The budget for the convention center is RD$400 million.

According to Rodriguez, the Ministry plans to make the center available for all sorts of events organized by the government and the private sector at a relatively low cost. The center will be available for assemblies, religious events, workshops, and business and scientific conferences.
http://eldia.com.do/rd-casi-lista-para-ser-sede-de-eventos-internacionales/

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Santo Domingo Recommended


dr1 reports:
Writing for The New York Times, Nell McShane Wolfhart discovers in 36 hours a new Santo Domingo and heartily recommends it to future visitors in a report in The New York Times on Monday, 21 January 2016. Calling Santo Domingo "a city that deserves more attention than it gets," the writer highlights the night life, restaurants and welcoming attitude of the capitalenos (city residents), in addition to the "stunning centuries-old buildings and trendy boutiques of the Zona Colonial." http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/18/travel/36-hours-in-santo-domingo-dominican-republic.html?_r=1

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

North Coast Activity

If flying through the air is a favorite thrill, head for the north coast. Dudu Lagoon's admission price of US$3 (RD$150) includes unlimited ziplining. At Dudu you have the advantage of being able to leave the ride at any point to jump into the crystal-clear waters of the Dudu Lagoon, also known for underwater caving.
Dudu Lagoon adventures include camping facilities and a restaurant on the premises. Also known as Blue Lagoon, Dudu is located in Playa Arroyo Salado (La Boca) near Playa Diamante. For more information, contact
albertymartinez@hotmail.com or call 809 376-3469. http://www.businessinsider.com/unlimited-zip-lining-in-the-dominican-republic-2016-1

Friday, January 01, 2016

Just A Peep

Just a peep of what the new year will bring. Wishing you bountiful blessings in 2016!
 
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Discovering More

dr1 reports:
Opening up a new mountain destination
Brazilian construction company Odebrecht says that the process of paving the Piedra Blanca-Rancho Arriba road is making good progress. The road will open up access to new attractions like the mountain destinations of Rancho Arriba and San Jose de Ocoa to residents of Santo Domingo. The region is also a major farming area, with opportunities for agro-tourism opening up soon with the easy access from the Duarte Highway that links the country north and south. http://elnacional.com.do/odebrecht-avanza-asfaltado-carretera-cibao-sur/
Underrated but outstanding landscapes
Online travel magazine Afar presents what is describes as "underrated" but outstanding landscape views of the Dominican Republic for the enjoyment of its readers. It includes photographs of farms in Constanza and nearby hiking in Valle Nuevo National Park, the beach at El Morro in Montecristi in the northwest, exploring Jarabacoa's rivers and mountains, including Manabao, and Barahona's pebble beaches. http://www.afar.com/magazine/the-dominican-republics-most-underrated-landscapes

Monday, December 28, 2015

AA From The Heartland



American Airlines has announced the start of new routes to Punta Cana and Puerto Plata from Texas, Illinois and North Carolina in the United States. The flights began on Saturday, 19 December 2015.
The new routes are: Charlotte, North Carolina (CLT) to Puerto Plata's Gregorio Luperon International Airport (POP).
Chicago, Illinois (ORD) to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ).
Dallas, Texas to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ).
American Airlines already had direct flights from Charlotte, Miami and Philadelphia to Punta Cana International Airport.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Vacation Planning 101

Be sure to visit the Travel Info Page for helpful tips when planning your vacation to the Dominican Republic. Support the links for great deals and great experiences!