Meriño, Católica, Mercedes and Billini to become pedestrian walks
New improved: Puerto Plata Village
Emotions Hodelpa Playa Dorada opening in December 2017
2017 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

Meriño, Católica, Mercedes and Billini to become pedestrian walks
Four more streets will become pedestrian walks as part of the mobility plan for the Colonial City of Santo Domingo prepared in coordination with the National Ground Transit Institute (Intrant).

Maribel Villalona, responsible since 2013 for the renewal works in the Colonial City on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, said the streets would be the Arzobispo Meriño, Isabel la Católica in the north-south direction and the Mercedes and Billini in the east-west direction. In the Colonial City, already the Calle El Conde has been pedestrian in its 1 km extension from east to west for some 20 years now. In a first phase the ban on vehicular traffic on the abovementioned streets will take place on specific days and schedules.

Also contemplated to improve access and mobility in the Colonial City is the changing of the direction of vehicle traffic on Mella Avenue, that is north of the Colonial City. Likewise, construction of a parking space under the Plaza España and incorporation of a system of electrical cars to move residents and visitors are contemplated.

New improved: Puerto Plata Village
Angelina Cocco, general manager of Puerto Plata Village, announced the improvements at the Playa Dorada hotel that caters to family vacations. Among the improvements is a children’s club with new facilities and games, swimming pool adaptations for persons with special needs and seniors. Cocco said that of the 377 rooms that are under renovations, 70% are already available for guests.

Cocco said that the discotheque of the hotel is one of their best attractions. She also said a convention area has been equipped with capacity for events of up to 500 persons.

Emotions Hodelpa Playa Dorada opening in December 2017
Businessmen Edmundo Aja, president of Hodelpa Hotels, vice president José Hernández, and investors Oscar Villanueva and Raul Rizek visited President Danilo Medina at the Presidential Palace to present the advances at the Emotions Hodelpa Playa Dorada. The Puerto Plata resort calls for an investment of around US$50 million in the remodeling of the property located in the Playa Dorada beach and golf complex. The resort will operate as an all-inclusive and will have 475 rooms, restaurants, pools, bars, spa and meeting rooms.

2017 Dominican Republic Jazz Festival
The 21st Dominican Republic Jazz Festival will take place from 29 October to 5 November 2017 in venues in Santo Domingo, Santiago, Sosúa, Cabarete and Puerto Plata. The festival was born in Puerto Plata but now has expanded to bring the best of jazz to other cities.

The event is organized by the Fundación de Educación Musical del Festival de Jazz de República Dominicana (Fedujazz) with the backing of the Ministry of Tourism. It offers a blend of superb jazz with an extensive educational program.

The program calls for jazz performances on Sunday, 29 October 2017 in Santo Domingo with a concert dedicated to France. Musicians from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) will participate along with the stellar performance of Riccardo del Fra.

The festival then continues from 1-5 November in venues in Santiago and Puerto Plata. On Wednesday, 1 November in Santiago: El Eco (Argentina) and Edmar Colon and Jonathan Suazo (Dominican Republic); Thursday, 2 November in Sosúa with Roni Eytan Quartet (Israel), Anat Cohen with the Berklee Global Ambassadors (Israel, USA), and Javier Vargas (Dominican Republic); Friday, 3 November in Puerto Plata: Trio da Paz (Brazil), Guy Frómeta Trio (Dominican Republic); Saturday, 4 November in Cabarete: Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors Sean Jones and Brian Lynch (USA); Sunday, 5 November in Cabarete: William Cepeda (Puerto Rico), Marco Pignataro’s Almas Antiguas Quartet (Italy, Puerto Rico), and more.

The DR Jazz Festival shows are free and open to the general public. VIP tickets and priority seats are available for purchase, making a contribution to the Fedujazz. Contact Fedujazz for more details at 809 571-9350 or by emailing [email protected]

American Airlines announces seasonal flights to New York
American Airlines has scheduled increased frequencies for those flying from Santo Domingo or Santiago to New York City. The flights will depart the Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) in Santo Domingo and the Cibao International Airport (STI) in Santiago to John F. Kennedy International in New York City (JFK).
The daily flights will operate from 15 December 2017 through 7 January 2018.
Oliver Bolos, director general for American Airlines in the Dominican Republic, said the airline is adding two daily frequencies to meet the demand. A Boeing 757 with capacity for 176 passengers will be offering the services.

The schedules are:
SDQ-JFK departing at 4pm, arriving at 7:05pm.
JFK-SDQ departing at 9:05am, arriving at 2pm
STI-JFK departing at 2pm, arriving at 4:55pm
JFK-STI departing at 7am, arriving at 11:50am

American Airlines at present has 71 weekly flights to the Dominican Republic, connecting airports in Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, Santiago and Puerto Plata with airports in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and Boston.