March 4, 2003
  • Introducing the DR1 Travel News
  • Discover the DR down under
  • Café Montez in the Colonial City
  • Dye Fore
  • Talking travel business at DATE
Introducing the DR1 Travel News
Both press and travel surveys stress the prevalence of the Internet as a leading source of information for the trade and consumers as well. Following in the footsteps of the very popular DR1 Daily News, DR1 Travel News launches today, Tuesday, 4 March. The newsletter will be initially published on Tuesdays and Fridays (minus Dominican holidays). Editions will carry travel news for the trade, and travelers interested in happenings and offers in the Dominican travel industry. To participate and for more information. Click here for more details
Discover the DR down under
Cueva de las Maravillas opened to the general public this weekend. The cave is the first of several that are being conditioned by the Ministry of Environment to protect and showcase the country’s underground heritage. 
The Ministry of Environment painstakingly prepared a third of the cave for viewing by people of all ages, including those with special needs. Today visitors can delight in this underground spectacle of nearly 900 yards (800 meters) of labyrinths and lights that show off the legacy of the Taino Indians. Cueva de las Maravillas is located between La Romana and San Pedro de Macoris (Soco and Cumayasa rivers).
The cave was named for its wealth of rupestrian art (wonders). Over 400 pre-Columbian pictographs are located within, besides the huge number of stalactites and stalagmites. The air is very cool and moist and the large caverns are lit up with colorful floodlights that turn on as viewers enter each area. 
The cave is especially attractive for day trips from Santo Domingo – it’s a 40 minute drive. Visitors staying in Boca Chica, San Pedro and La Romana are also a half-hour away. 
The Cave of the Wonders is open to viewers from 10 am to 6 pm. Tickets are RD$100 per person, with a RD$20 p/p charge for school groups. 
For more information, group visits and other special guided visits, contact spelunker Domingo Abreu Collado at [email protected]
Café Montez in the Colonial City
150 original Maria Montez (1912-1951) posters deck the walls of Café Montez in the Colonial City. These are treasures that restaurant owner Geoffrey Needler and his Barahona-born wife Belkis today readily share with their customers. Probably the newest restaurant and bar in the Colonial City, the Café Montez (Calle Sanchez #261, almost at the corner Calle Mercedes, Tel. 809 685-2841) serves the traditional food of southwestern Barahona, where the late exotic beauty-turned Hollywood celebrity Maria Montez herself was born and delicious American deserts. Shortly after marriage, Maria Montez traveled to the US with her banker husband to become at 28 years one of the leading Hollywood stars of the time. 
Upon previous request, Maria Montez fans can also watch any of the star’s 26 films (2 French, 3 Italian and 21 American) in the second floor room prepared especially for viewing. Her film, Arabian Nights, is considered a classic of its genre. 
The restaurant is open Tuesday to Saturday evenings from 5 to closing.
Dye Fore
Casa de Campo announces that the official name of its fourth golf course is Dye Fore. The fourth course designed by Pete Dye in the La Romana resort is said to be the most eclectic and probably the most challenging and even “dyebolic”. Dye feels that it will challenge his first masterpiece, Teeth of the Dog, at Casa de Campo. Dye Fore will take golf players through a variety of scenery including rivers and the sea as it winds itself through the hills leading to Altos de Chavon, the re-created 16th century Mediterranean working artists’ village.
Talking travel business at DATE
Bookings to participate are fast coming in for the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE 2003), the leading Dominican travel industry marketplace event. DATE will be held 10-12 April 2003 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The event provides a business environment where international buyers can meet Dominican tourism sellers to discuss and contract for future business. The National Association of Hotels & Restaurants and the Dominican Republic Tourism Promotion Council (CPT) are the organizers of the travel marketing event opening at the Barcelo Bavaro Convention Center. For more information and to register.
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