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    DR and Haiti sign aviation agreement
    Hampton by Hilton Airport Hotel opening soon
    Hard Rock Café opens at Blue Mall Punta Cana
    Big time merengue shows at the Puerto Plata Amphitheater
    Government seeks investor to renovate Puerto Plata Port




    DR and Haiti sign aviation agreement
    The Dominican Republic and Haiti have signed a preliminary aviation agreement after 19 years of disruption. The president of the Civil Aviation Board (JAC) Luis Ernesto Camilo for the Dominican Republic and the director general of Civil Aviation in Haiti, Olivier Jean, signed the memorandum of understanding for aviation services that will establish the legal framework for the bilateral relations of both countries in aviation matters. The agreement was signed in Santo Domingo on Thursday, 16 November 2017.
    Olivier Jean of Haiti said he is prepared to sign a definitive aviation agreement in a short time.

    Minister of Foreign Relations Miguel Vargas called the memorandum great news and an important step ahead in the bilateral relations of both countries.

    The definitive agreement with Haiti would be the 58th signed by the Dominican Republic with other countries. The Dominican Republic has an open skies air policy that has resulted in the country attracting the largest number of international airlines in the Central American and Caribbean region.

    https://www.diariolibre.com/noticias...cial-FD8599373


    Hampton by Hilton Airport Hotel opening soon
    The 123-room Hampton by Hilton Santo Domingo Airport Hotel will be opening in early 2018. Located in eastern Santo Domingo, the new hotel is being built 4 km from the Las Americas International Airport. The hotel is also close to the Punta Caucedo Multimodal Port, Las Americas Free Zone and the Institute of Technology of Las Americas (ITLA), to the East. To its west, a 15-minute drive from the Port of Santo Domingo and the Colonial City.

    The new airport hotel will offer shuttle service, 1,245 square feet of meeting space with terrace. The hotel features an outdoor pool with views from the 5th floor. The hotel will incorporate a 24-hour business center. Included in the price of the stay will be free hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi internet service and gym/fitness center use.


    Hard Rock Café opens at Blue Mall Punta Cana
    Blue Mall Punta Cana now has its own Hard Rock Café. The restaurant and bar is built on an area of almost 500 square meters within the new mall. Tom Perez, vice president operations for the Americas of Hard Rock International came for the opening of the new Hard Rock Café Punta Cana at the newest and largest shopping and entertainment facility in Punta Cana, the Punta Cana Blue Mall.

    The interior design of the Hard Rock Cafe is a tribute to the music history of the United States, from the 70s to present. The bar-restaurant serves American food and has capacity for 262 persons seated. There is also an area for private events, outdoor seating, and a stage for live presentations. Tanya de los Rios, general manager of the Hard Rock Café Punta Cana says that customers can expect the same quality service of other Hard Rock Cafés.

    https://www.listindiario.com/entrete...uevo-hard-rock


    Big time merengue shows at the Puerto Plata Amphitheater
    Milly Quezada, Miriam Cruz, El Conjunto Quisqueya, Alex Matos, Mark B, Divas by Jiménez, Pochy Familia con la Coco Band are booked for two 8:30pm December concerts at the Puerto Plata Amphitheater.

    Friday, 22 December 2017 will be an evening dedicated to merengue, with the performances of merengue greats Miriam Cruz and Milly Quezada, a first time they share the same stage for a single concert.

    On Saturday, 23 December, merengue groups Conjunto Quisqueya, Pochy Familia y su Coco Band and Divas by Jiménez will perform. With them salsa singer Alex Matos and the urban music of Mark B.

    Tickets are available at the front desk of many Puerto Plata hotels. They are also available at the box office of the amphitheater that is located near the San Felipe Fort.


    Government seeks investor to renovate Puerto Plata Port
    Victor Gomez Casanova, director of the Dominican Port Authority, announced the government is intent on restoring the Port of Puerto Plata for cruise ship visitations and cargo traffic. He made the announcement during the American Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Puerto Plata.

    Casanova reported that in 2016, Puerto Plata received 344,341 cruise ship visitors at the Amber Cove facility built by Carnival Cruise in Maimón, Puerto Plata. It was the Amber Cove port’s first full year of operation. As of 31 October 2017, Casanova said 325,585 cruise ship visitors were received at Amber Cove. By thisyear’s end, the total is expected to be more than 400,000. Puerto Plata has received new and more frequent ship stops due to damages suffered at other Caribbean ports following the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    Casanova commented on the significant increases in cruise ship visitations nationwide over the past five years. He said that in 2012, the country had received 338,170 cruise ship visitors and that for this 2017, the country expects to receive more than 1.2 million.

    Casanova highlighted that the Port of Puerto Plata is key to the economic development of the country. He said the government is seeking an investor to rebuild the port and turn it into a multipurpose facility capable of receiving both cruise ships and cargo ships.

    http://www.7dias.com.do/economia/201...-casanova.html

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