Travel shows promote DR in Europe
It’s whale-watching time in Samana
Golfing world loses Pete Dye
Hillary tours the Oscar de la Renta exhibition in Santiago
Abinader backs building Disney-like entertainment park, presents his tourism proposal



Travel shows promote DR in Europe
Travel trade professionals and the general public in leading European cities have the opportunity to learn more about what the Dominican Republic offers during the many travel shows that open the year.

This year, the Dominican Republic is guest country at the Ferien-Messe Wien taking place in Viena, Austria, from Thursday, 16 January to Sunday, 19 January 2020. The event is Austria’s largest holiday and travel show. More than 800 exhibitors from over 80 countries present the attractions of popular holiday destinations, their best-kept secrets, recommended means of traveling, and an entire range of leisure activities, tailor-made holidays, and travel bargains. A wide variety of shows, displays and presentations with inspirational speakers and films in the holiday cinema are part of the program for industry insiders.

The director of the culture division at the Ministry of Tourism, Altagracia Corletto de Olmos (Taty Olmos) said Maestro Rafael Solano is part of the Dominican mission to the fair. Saxophonist Sandy Gabriel, the folklore dance troupe of the Ministry of Tourism, and three artisan jewelry makers are also part of the Dominican delegation to the Austria travel show.

Next on the list of travel fairs for January is the traditional shows FITUR in Madrid (22-26 January), then the Sit Nantes (24-26 January) and Sit Rennes (31 January – 2 February) tourism fairs in France. The Ministry of Tourism is also participating in BIT in Milan, Italy (9-11 February) and Berlin, Germany (4-8 March). Later in the year, the country will attend the IFTM Top Resa in Paris, France (22-25 September) and the London Travel Market in London (2-4 November) in London, UK.

https://www.diariolibre.com/economia...smo-CD16376015

https://www.ferien-messe.at/en/


It’s whale-watching time in Samana
Marvin Cid of Diario Libre shares awesome photography of the whales in Samaná Bay. Take note that whale-watching season begins 15 January and extends to 30 March. As reported in Diario Libre, the Ministry of Environment reports seeing over 200 whales in the waters of Samaná Bay last year. There were an estimated 24 baby whales born. An estimated 10,139 Dominicans and 61,122 foreigners took the whale watching tours last year.

https://www.diariolibre.com/actualid...ano-ON16394695


Golfing world loses Pete Dye
At 94 years old Pete Dye has left this world to play the “course in the sky,” where only the best can play. Dye passed away late last week in La Romana, at the Central Medical Center, where he was undergoing treatment for health issues related to his age.

Pete Dye is best known for launching La Romana as a golf destination with his construction of the Teeth of the Dog golf course in Casa de Campo.

In a press release, La Romana Corporation expresses sympathies. “His name and his legacy will be tied to us forever. It was here that he was “at home” and it was here that he designed and built 90 holes of golf, the largest number of golf courses at any single destination in the world.”

Dye became a household name in golf with the creation of the “Teeth of the Dog” championship golf course in Casa de Campo. Together with his wife, Alice, he developed a career of designing golf courses that spanned over 60 years. They were legendary figures in the world of golf. He also built many of the courses around the world, such as Whistling Straits in the United States and more than 100 other courses.

His wife Alice had passed away early in 2019. His two sons, P.B. and Perry Dye carry on the family business.

Few people know that Dye was also the builder of the Las Aromas course in Santiago.

https://elnacional.com.do/fallece-pe...-en-la-romana/


Hillary tours the Oscar de la Renta exhibition in Santiago
The Clintons were in the Dominican Republic last week. Former First Lady and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited the Oscar de la Renta exhibition at the Centro León in Santiago. She was accompanied by Annette de la Renta and Paola Rainieri.

Hillary Clinton was welcomed by Isabel León and Clarissa Brugal León, members of the Board of Directors of the Eduardo León Jimenes Foundation representing the León family. and María Amalia León de Jorge, president of the Foundation and director of the León Center.

The Oscar de la Renta exhibition is open until April. Iconic dresses are on exhibit and a documentary highlights the designers strong ties to his birth land.

Former US President Bill Clinton was also in the Dominican Republic. He took the opportunity to express his appreciation to the country and invite fellow Americans to enjoy all the country has to offer.

https://listindiario.com/la-republic...o-leon-jimenes
https://seroscar.centroleon.org.do/
https://eldia.com.do/bill-clinton-ca...estino-seguro/
https://hoy.com.do/lo-que-dijo-el-ex...ino-turistico/
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-rele...300985920.html


Abinader backs building Disney-like entertainment park, presents his tourism proposal
Presidential candidate for the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM), Luis Abinader, says his government will promote the construction of another 25,000 hotel rooms nationwide in four years. Of these, he foresees building 3,000 in Pedernales.

He proposed the construction of two Disney or Universal Studios-like entertainment parks. He also favors the development of a convention center in Santo Domingo. During his presentation of his tourism plan, he spoke of the construction of two multimodal ports in Barahona in the southwest and Manzanillo in the northwest.

He said his government would continue to back the development of the Santo Domingo Colonial City. He said his government would back medical tourism and foreign investment in vacation property in the country. He also spoke of supporting gastronomical tourism nationwide. He said his government would work closely with the private sector to relaunch the destinations of Puerto Plata, Juan Dolio and Samaná.

Abinader favors the government support for a national airline, while at the same time keeping up with the backing of international airlines. He said his government backs the signing of pre-clearance with the United States government.

He also supports the construction of a road that would connect Puerto Plata to the Santiago Cibao International Airport in a 30-minute drive.

He favors the proposal made by the private sector for a private trust for tourism promotion.

https://www.diariolibre.com/economia...les-HD16372948
https://acento.com.do/2020/opinion/8...ria-turistica/