Air Century flies to Aruba
More than 235 airlines fly to the Dominican Republic
Millenials make up most tourists that visit the DR
Chinese tourists cleared to travel to the Dominican Republic
Bolivia signs aviation agreement
Urban art livens up Villa Francisca



Air Century flies to Aruba
Air Century begins flights to Aruba on 3 July 2018, from the Santo Domingo’s La Isabela International Airport (JBQ) in northern Santo Domingo. The airline also recently began flights to Curacao and St. Maarten.

Scheduled flights to Aruba are on Tuesday and Sunday, departing at 2:15pm. Flights to Curacao are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday departing at 8am. Flights to St. Maarten are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2:15pm.

Air Century also has operations to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Havana, Cuba.


More than 235 airlines fly to the Dominican Republic
The Civil Aviation Board (JAC) says that more than 235 international airlines fly to Dominican airports. Of these, 49 carry out daily operations. The JAC says that 1,121 flight routes were filed in the past year. Of these, the JAC reported that 168 are regular flights.

Recent airlines that have been authorized to fly to the Dominican Republic include: Azur Airlines, Latín American Wings, Acerca Airlines, French Blue, Eurowings, Caicos Express Airways, Plus Ultra, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Thomas Cook, FlyAllways and Latam Airlines Brasil.

Most airlines carry out flights to the United States, Canada, European and Latin American countries.

http://hoy.com.do/suman-235-las-line...s-dominicanos/


Millenials make up most tourists that visit the DR
Millenials lead in visitors to the Dominican Republic, writes Tomás Hungría, executive director of the Juan Dolio Tourism Development Association, in an article in Diario Libre. He says this follows a global trend.

Statistics indicate that 839,932 millenials, ages 21 to 35 years, visited the Dominican Republic from January to May 2018. That means that a third of all visitors, or 33 of every 100 travelers, during the first five months of the year were millenials. Next were baby boomers, with those over 50 years making up 30 out of every 100 travelers. Those 36 to 49 years old made up 22% of the difference. Teenagers make up 7% of tourists to the Dominican Republic and children 12 years or younger are 6% of the total of visitors.

Hungría explains that the percentage of millenials grew, while other age group segments declined.

He also observes that a global trend the country is following is the opening of adults-only hotels by hotel chains in the Dominican Republic to offer quiet areas and extra touches of comfort and elegance. He says this is because 86% of foreign visitors are older than 21 years of age. He says this is a market segment to lure because these visitors do not just travel when universities or schools are out of session.

For the millenials, he writes that the hotel chains have created brands with bright colors and is catering to the high tech needs of the young generation, including adding smart phones from which they can control music, lights and TV where these can watch Netflix series. The hotels have set up long tables for groups of 8, 10 and 12 persons where the young adults can socialize with fellow tourists. The more adventurous millenials are served authentic local cuisine and healthy cuisine, besides the usual fast food fare, such as hamburgers.

https://www.diariolibre.com/economia...als-CG10257432


Chinese tourists cleared to travel to the Dominican Republic
A week after the Dominican Republic and China announced the start of diplomatic relations, on 8 May 2018, People’s Republic of China removed the country from a list of countries off limits to its nationals are authorized to visit. The measure opens doors for Chinese tour operators to sell Dominican vacation packages. Now, when a Chinese national arrives to the Dominican Republic, the Chinese government sends them the contact details of the Chinese Embassy in the country, located at the same place where the Commercial Representation Office was in the past.

A group of Dominican journalists was invited to China and was told the formal authorization procedure for tourists was finalized on 7 June 2018. Zhao Bentang, director of the Latin American and Caribbean Department for the People’s Republic of China government, told the visiting journalists that the Chinese government has also given green light for Chinese airlines to look into flying to Dominican airports in the near future.

Moreso, Bentang told journalists the Chinese government is contemplating investing in the improvements at the Manzanillo port on the north coast that would facilitate exports of goods from the Cibao region. At present these products need to be transported to Santo Domingo.

http://eldia.com.do/el-gobierno-de-c...mo-dominicano/


Bolivia signs aviation agreement
Expect new flights from Bolivia, in South America, after the South American country and the Dominican Republic signed a memorandum of understanding for the drafting of an aviation agreement in the shortest timeframe reasonable. The agreement was signed by Luis Ernesto Camilo, president of the Civil Aviation Board for the Dominican Republic and General Celier Arispe Rosas, executive director of the Bolivia Aeronautics Authority.

Bolivia and the Dominican Republic agreed to designate national airlines that may operate an unlimited number of flight frequencies, cargo of any type with up to fifth freedom rights after parties are consulted. For exclusive cargo flights, seven freedom of air rights are to be granted. Bolivia designated the state owned Boliviana de Aviación (BoA) as their national airline.

Camilo said this is the 60th aviation agreement negotiated by the Dominican Republic with countries in five continents.

JAC statistics show that from November 2017 to February 2018 some 4,028 passengers traveled from the Bolivian cities of Viru Viru Airport in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Cochabamba to the La Romana International Airport.

Also present for the signing were Tourism deputy minister Radhamés Martínez Aponte; Alejandro Herrera, director general of the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC); deputy director of IDAC José Valdez; and Pablo Lister, secretary of the Civil Aviation Board (JAC). Negotiators for the Dominican Republic were Bernarda Franco, in charge of air transport; Jorge Peña, legal advisor, and María Luisa Galán, analyst of international agreements for the JAC.

http://www.jac.gob.do/index.php/noti...es-bilaterales
https://www.icao.int/Pages/freedomsAir.aspx


Urban art livens up Villa Francisca
10 artists have painted 14 murals on the streets that are north of the Colonial City. The murals stand out in areas plagued by transport chaos, ambulatory vendors and crowds of people. They can be seen at Avenida Duarte and Av. Paris in Villa Francisca, a short walk north from the Colonial City.

The urban art comes to us thanks to the Hoy Villa Francisca initiative that began in 2015 in the Santa Bárbara area, also north of the Colonial City.

The artists David Zayas and Spear Torres and Evocal from Puerto Rico and the United States were joined by Angurria, Poteleche, Modafoca, Medio Peso, Los Plebeyos and Ivanna Candelier of the Dominican Republic, as reported in Diario Libre.

The artists painted facades of houses and apartments from 25 June to 1 July 2018, some 15 murals in total, with the backing of Modafoca in alliance with the city government of the National District (ADN), the Association of Stores of the Duarte Avenue (AsoDuarte) and private companies.

Mayor David Collado visited the area while the painters were at work. He highlighted that the city government will continue to back efforts such as this one that highlight culture, cleanliness and love for the barrio and serve to attract tourism to these populous sectors.

https://www.diariolibre.com/revista/...rte-KG10257269