DR1 Travel News - 30 April 2019



Steps to foster Chinese tourism to the Dominican Republic
Samaná Cluster on developments for Samaná
Visits to Colonial City museums are free during Santo Domingo Book Fair
Learn about Dominican history through gastronomy

Steps to foster Chinese tourism to the Dominican Republic
China ambassador in the Dominican Republic Zhang Run says that steps continue to be taken to encourage Chinese to travel to the Dominican Republic. He was interviewed in El Dia on occasion of the celebration of 30 April – 1 May 2019 of the first anniversary of the signing of diplomatic relations between the Dominican Republic.

Ambassador Run recalled that as soon as relations were signed, the government of the People’s Republic of China included the Dominican Republic on the list of tourism destinations for Chinese citizens. Then this April 2019, a delegation including the 10 leading tour operators, investors and tourism press visited for contacts with local tourism companies and government, under the coordination of the Ministry of Tourism. Zhang Run said that the Dominican government has installed a tourism office in Beijing to facilitate travel between both countries.


Samana Cluster on developments for Samaná
The president of the Samana Tourism Cluster, Jesus Duran Haro spoke of what’s on the books for the northeastern tourism destination in an interview with El Dia. The cluster gathers the communities of Samaná city, the smaller town of Sánchez and the beach town, Las Terrenas, the municipal districts of El Limón, where the El Limón waterfall attraction is located, the beach destination of Las Galeras and the small community of Arroyo Barril, that is adjacent to a domestic airport.

Durán is also the representative of Grupo Piñero, the Spanish company that owns the Bahía Príncipe hotel chain, the largest hotel operator in Samaná province.

Durán spoke of the approval of the construction of road access to Samaná city, an investment of RD$300 million in infrastructure for the expropriation of dwellings and land that is necessary to complete the project. He also mentioned the Ministry of Tourism has approved the construction of an amphitheater but city mayors still need to agree on the location. He advanced that the municipality of El Limón has made an offer. Limón is centrally located about the same distance from Las Terrenas, Samana, and closer to Las Galeras and Arroyo Barril.

The Cluster continues to focus on promoting the whale-watching activities (from January to March), excursions to Los Haitises mangroves, caves and jungle, El Limón waterfall and horse riding all year long. Boating is being developed with new installations, such as Puerto Bahía Samaná on the southern side of the province.

Durán Hero explained the destination has 6,500 hotel rooms. He says another 5,000 rooms are under construction.

Visits to Colonial City museums are free during Santo Domingo Book Fair
Through Sunday, 5 May 2019, visits to the Museo de las Casas Reales, Alcazar de Colón, Panteón Nacional, Instituto de Telecomunicaciones are free for the duration of the Santo Domingo International Book Fair. The museums are open from 9am to 9pm keeping to the schedule of the book fair, announced Ruth Herrera, director of FILSD2019.

An extensive program of activities is ongoing this week for the important cultural event that is taking place in leading venues and streets of the Colonial City. Take note that parking is difficult, and arriving and departing by taxi is recommended.

See the schedule of events at:

Learn about Dominican history through gastronomy
Three Dominican chefs who have worked at Michelin star hotels are participating in the Caribe Gastronómico event this week. As part of the activities, contemporary cooking chefs Carlos Romero, Mikey Faxas and Paulette Tejada will be exhibiting their creations and signature dishes during the central market day on 4 and 5 May 2019 at Agora Mall in Santo Domingo.

The idea is to narrate Dominican history through its gastronomy. The Gastronomic Caribbean project has created culinary experiences based on research made by Dominican historians and anthropologists Hugo Tolentino Dipp, José Guerrero, Carlos Andújar, Marcio Veloz Maggiolo and Dagoberto Tejada.

Participants can experience how three major stages of Dominican history -- of Taino Indians, the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors and the migration of African slaves – have influenced cooking in the country. These three population groups contributed different ingredients, cooking techniques and utensils for a diversity of dishes.