Dominican hotels buckle down to await the passing of Hurricane Irma
Maroon 5 at Hard Rock Punta Cana
Asonahores Trade Show set for 13-15 September 2017
XIII Contemporary Dance Festival (Edanco)



Dominican hotels buckle down to await the passing of Hurricane Irma
The president of the National Hotel & Tourism Association (Asonahores), Joel Santos says that all hurricane prevention protocols have been activated as the country’s hotels prepare to weather through Hurricane Irma and guarantee guest safety. The protocols focus on the critical areas of each hotel, internal movements of guests from one area to another, establishment of special activities and food services for inclement weather times.

“The hurricane protocols have been activated since yesterday (4 September 2017) with the priority of the protection of the clients and safety of tourists,” he told DR1 Travel News.

Santos said that evacuations are not contemplated given the great uncertainty of Hurricane Irma’s track. He recalled how in 1998 when Category 3 Hurricane Georges would hit the island, the forecast was for the storm to strike in the north. Several hotel chains evacuated their guests from their properties in the north to their properties in the south, and then the hurricane changed course and hit the south.

As of the early morning of Tuesday, 5 September 2017, the Dominican hotel destinations from La Romana-Bayahibe in the southeast to Punta Cana in the east, Samaná in the northeast and Puerto Plata in the north in the best scenario are expected to be affected by major rainstorms and hurricane strength winds and surf.

While unexpected, tourists finding themselves in the country for the storm are in for an experience of a lifetime. Some hotels have even habilitated storm rooms from where the wrath of the storm can be evidenced, a spectacle to be remembered for a lifetime. On the positive side, anyone can come to the Caribbean to experience lovely sunny days, but the probability of getting to sit out the spectacle of a storm is rare and makes for lifetime memories.

The DR1 Forums weather forecaster is located in Punta Cana. To follow the storm from a Dominican perspective, see the latest posts at http://dr1.com/forums/showthread.php...ne-season-2017


Maroon 5 at Hard Rock Punta Cana
Organizers expect that the bad weather associated with Hurricane Irma will have moved well past the island of Hispaniola by Saturday, 9 September 2017, so that the Maroon 5 concert that is scheduled at the Hard Rock Punta Cana will proceed as planned. The Grammy Award-winning American pop rock band will be playing their greatest hits and new songs from their new album “V” that debuted as No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 List.

The promoter, Saymon Diaz of SD Concerts, announced for the first time a super stage (manufactured by EuroTruss in Holland) dubbed “The Monster Roof” will be used for a concert. The stage is 30 meters above the ground and measures 42 meters wide and 20 meters deep. From the floor to the roof there are 20 meters.

“The further you are from the platform, the better the view,” says Saymon Díaz. He expects 15,000 to 18,000 persons to show up for the Maroon 5 presentation.

Tickets are RD$1,800 ground, and VIP tickets range from RD$4,000 to RD$16,000.

http://www.ticketexpress.com.do/ShowEvent.aspx?ID=1742
https://www.facebook.com/sdconcerts/


Asonahores Trade Show set for 13-15 September 2017
More than 130 companies are participating in the annual hotel industry goods and services exhibition at the XXXI Exposición Comercial Asonahores at the Barceló Convention Center in Punta Cana. The organizers say that this year there are 230 stands, up 30% compared to last year.


XIII Contemporary Dance Festival (Edanco)
Dance companies from Spain, Taiwan, Mexico, Croatia, Costa Rica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Canada, Poland, Martinique, Colombia and the United States are participating in the 13th Contemporary Dance Festival (Edanco) from 19 September to 1 October. In its 13th year, the Contemporary Dance Festival takes place at the Palacio de Bellas Artes on Saturdays and Sundays.