Frank Rainieri Chair at the Universidad Central del Este
USA Today highlights Samana attractions
Orgullo de Mi Tierra dedicated to María Trinidad Sánchez
Spain goes all out in cultural exchange in October and November
Major League Latin Music 2018

Frank Rainieri Chair at the Universidad Central del Este
Jose Hazim Torres, rector of the Universidad Central del Este, the most important university in southeastern San Pedro de Macorís, announced the instatement of the Frank Rainieri Tourism Chair at the university. The Chair honors Frank Rainieri, founder of the Grupo Puntacana and tourism pioneer in the country. The UCE offers the career in tourism at its main campus in San Pedro de Macoris.

The chair in its first activity is inviting the CEO and director general of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, Frank Comito, for a talk. The talk will be on Wednesday, 26 September 2018, at the Westin Puntacana at the Puntacana Resort & Club. It is part of the UCE Tourism Week that will be happening from 21-28 September, coinciding with the World Tourism Day on 27 September. The event also includes a weeklong trade show open to the general public at the university.

Other talks scheduled for the UCE Tourism Week at 4pm at the UCE Library auditorium are:
Friday, 21 September: “Development of Ecotourism in the Dominican Republic” with sustainable tourism expert Bolívar Troncoso.
Tuesday, 25 September, Pilar Constanzo will speak on “Tourism and New Trends: Technology and Digital Marketing”.
Friday, 28 September, chef Solangel Velázquez will speak on “Dominican Gastronomy as a Country Brand”.

The participation of the Ministry of Tourism folklore ballet is scheduled for Friday, 28 September as of 3pm at the student activity center at the UCE.

The event follows the National Hotel & Tourism Association (Asonahores) Trade Exhibition that will be taking place from 19-21 September 2018 at the Blue Mall Punta Cana.

USA Today highlights Samaná attractions
USA Today has published a feature encouraging readers to include Samaná in their travel plans. The reporter acknowledges it is easy to get to Punta Cana, but says the extra travel to get to Samaná is well worth it. “Because on arrival, visitors will find a region that has its own remarkable history, superb eco-attractions, and non-cookie-cutter hotels and restaurants. All of this is set down in a jungle-lush natural setting of rainforests and coconut plantations. During my visit, my guide noted that Samaná Peninsula had 110,000 residents and 6 million palm trees,” says the reporter.

The reporter enjoyed the visit to las Terrenas, describing “its many funky eco- and budget-friendly hotels” that are side by side with luxury hotels. The writer highlights: “Samaná’s main appeal is its natural attractions. These range from “stunning white-sand beaches like Rincon and Coson, as well as what could be described as Samaná’s iconic site, the trio of waterfalls that make up El Limon Falls. A favorite activity is riding on horseback to reach the falls. Those timing their visit between January and March can indulge in whale watching via boat excursions on Samaná Bay. During these winter months, approximately 2,500 humpback whales migrate to the bay. Another eco excursion is hiking, caving and birdwatching in Los Haitises National Park, an expansive protected area covering an impressive 319 square miles.”

Orgullo de Mi Tierra dedicated to María Trinidad Sánchez
The Centro Cuesta Nacional has just released its promotion of destinations in northeastern María Trinidad Sánchez. The promotion looks into the attractions of the area and includes a wide-ranging photography to highlight the loveliness and culture of the province. Nagua, Cabrera, Río San Juan and El Factor are covered, as the CCN team perused the ecotouristic and gastronomic attractions of the area, and its lush beaches. See

Spain goes all out in cultural exchange in October and November
The Embassy of Spain is backing local efforts to present the sixth edition of the “Semanas de España en la República Dominicana,” the cultural event spanning the months of October and November. The event is held to strengthen the permanent ties between Spain and the Dominican Republic.

On the agenda are cultural, academic and social activities in the cities of Greater Santo Domingo, Santiago, Baní and Bonao. The calendar of events is featured on the Spanish Embassy website and that of the Centro Cultural de España, the main cultural center. On Instagram, it is listed as “la Cultura Une”.

The activities start on 9 October with the presentation of the Bohio Flamenco show at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Santo Domingo. The show merges flamenco with tango, bolero and son, as choreographed by Adriana Lopez (La Pimienta).

The art exhibition “El Entierro del Conde de Orgaz / La Flauta Doble by painter Pablo Picasso, will be shown at the Centro Cultural Perelló in Baní. Dominican students are then being encouraged to participate in the cubism painting contest sponsored by the Embassy of Spain in collaboration of the Universidad APEC (UNAPEC).

Within the VII Semana Internacional de la Poesía, activities will be held to honor the 50 years of the death of Spanish poet León Felipe.

There will be also presentation of classics of Spanish cinema shown at the Cinemateca Dominicana in collaboration with Funglode during October. These include films by Luis Buñuel.

And this year, the Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro Infantil y Juvenil (FITIJ) will include the performances of three Spanish companies.

Spain is guest country for the Photoimagen, the largest photography festival in the country. There will be photography exhibitions in October and November with Juan Manuel Díaz Burgos, Jorge Lens, Alberto García Alix, and Dominican Belkiss Adrover de Cibrán. The exhibitions are curated by Jesús Micó.

Major League Latin Music 2018
DJs, Don Miguelo and Anthony Santos will take the stage for the Major League Latin Music 2018, an event that seeks to honor the greats of Dominican baseball. The promoters say these will be attending as guests. The event will take place 20 October 2018, as of 10pm at the Sans Souci Events Hall adjacent to the Port of Santo Domingo. Tickets are for sale on Uepa Tickets.