DR1 Travel News - 21 May 2019



Promoting Dominican tourism in Dubai
Evelop has begun flying to Punta Cana
Conservation pays off, Damajagua is still lots of fun
Gilberto Santa Rosa brings salsa to Santo Domingo

Promoting Dominican tourism in Dubai
The Ministry of Tourism was active promoting travel to the Dominican Republic in the recent Arabian Travel Market (ATM) held in Dubai, United Arabian Emirates. The event is the most important travel-booking event for the Middle East. Some 2,800 exhibitors were present for the 4-day event held 19 to 22 April 2019. An estimated 40,000 travel professionals from 186 countries participated. The event is organized by Reed Exhibitions that also organized the London World Travel Market.

Evelop has begun flying to Punta Cana
The Spanish airline Evelop landed on 9 May 2019 for the first time at Punta Cana International Airport, transporting European passengers on board its A350-900 with capacity for 432 passengers. The flight is now operating the Madrid (MAD) to Punta Cana International (PUJ) route with three flights a week in winter, on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For the summer season, the airline will fly daily to and from Madrid to Punta Cana. The airline also flies to La Habana, Cuba and Cancún, Mexico. It is an affiliate of Grupo Barceló.


Conservation pays off, Damajagua is still lots of fun
Aridio Perdomo of Hoy newspaper reports that the months-long drought affecting the north coast of the Dominican Republic hasn’t dried out the popular north coast waterfall attraction, Los Saltos de Damajagua.” The waterfalls are located about half an hour from Puerto Plata city.

According to Roberto Luis Gómez Santana, administrator of the natural monument, so far this year 52,000 visitors have done the hike up the mountain and down the waterfalls. He said the water level is average and this is keeping the tourists coming. He said visits to the Damajagua Falls have increased by almost 40% between January and April, compared to the same period in 2018.

Thousands of cruise ship tourists take the excursion that takes them to seven or 12 of the waterfall levels.

A public-private alliance manages the natural monument with safety and conservation foremost. Gómez explained that another reason for the adequate water level is that the extraction of gravel and other construction material is not allowed.


Gilberto Santa Rosa brings salsa to Santo Domingo
“Amor de los Amores Tour 2019” is coming to the Carlos Piantini Hall at the National Theater on 24-25 May 2019. Gilberto Santa Rosa (El Caballero de la Salsa), the Puerto Rican legend of salsa music, promises to perform his best hits on those evenings to celebrate Mother’s Day in the Dominican Republic that is on Sunday, 26 May.

Tickets are for sale at CCN Servicios, Supermercados Nacional or Jumbo stores and online at Uepa Tickets..
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