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February 2, 2016
  • Backroads Magazine promotes DR motorcycle tours
  • Caribbean baseball fans in the DR
  • New flight from Dubai to Panama offers connections to DR
  • La Vega Carnival spectacular
  • Two docks planned to connect east and north
  • El Al charter flights from PUJ to TLV
Backroads Magazine promotes DR motorcycle tours
The current issue of Backroads Magazine, a leading motorcycle touring publication in the US, reports on a ride to the southwestern Dominican Republic with MotoCaribe, a Jarabacoa-based motorcycle tour company. Watch a video of the Backgrounds Magazine eight-day southwest tour experience:
Caribbean baseball fans in the DR
Tourists from Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela and even some from Cuba are in Santo Domingo for the 2016 Caribbean Series taking place at the Quisqueya Juan Marichal Ball Park.
The games began on Monday, 1 February and will continue through 7 February.
The games schedule is:
Monday, 1 February:
3pm. Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela
8pm. Mexico vs. Dominican Republic
Tuesday, 2 February:
3:30pm. Cuba vs. Mexico
7:50pm. Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela
Wednesday, 3 February:
3:30pm. Venezuela vs. Mexico
7pm. Homerun Derby
7:50pm. Puerto Rico vs. Cuba
Thursday, 4 February:
3:30pm. Venezuela vs. Cuba
7:50pm. Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico
Friday, 5 February:
3:30pm. Mexico vs. Puerto Rico
7:50pm. Cuba vs. Dominican Republic
Saturday, 6 February. Semifinals:
3:30pm. Third Place vs. Second Place
7:50pm. Fourth Place vs. First Place
Sunday, 7 February. Playoffs:
4pm. Winners of First and Second Place
Tickets to the games are for sale at the Quisqueya Stadium box office or at La Sirena mega shopping centers on Av. Winston Churchill, San Isidro, Galeria 360 and Luperon in Santo Domingo, and the El Embrujo and Bartolome Colon branches in Santiago.
The tickets cost:
Palcos A: US$60 (two games), final game US$50
Palcos AA: US$40 (two games), final game US$30
Preferencias: US$30 (two games), final game US$20
Palcos AA Ampliacion: US$20 (two games), final game US$20
Gradas: US$6 (two games), final game US$5
New flight from Dubai to Panama offers connections to DR
Travelers to the Far East can now consider flying Emirates Airlines and connecting with Copa Airlines. Dominican ambassador in India and dean of the diplomatic corps in India, Hans Dannenberg made the formal launch of the flight that provides easy connections for travelers to and from the United Emirates, India and other Middle East and Asian destinations.
Dannenberg says that the non-stop flight represents a great opportunity for developing new tourism markets not only in India and the United Arab Emirates but also in emerging markets in Asia and Africa. The new flight is of special interest because it provides connections where US, Canadian or European visas will not be required.
The first Emirates flight to Panama City begins on 31 March 2016. The new service is the longest non-stop flight in the world lasting 17 hours 35 minutes in the westbound direction. It is Emirates' first gateway destination in Central America
La Vega Carnival spectacular
Grupo D'Bonche has prepared a tour package for RD$1,695 to see the La Vega Carnival parade followed by a concert by leading performers. Transportation, snacks, lunch and event t-shirt are included in the deal. The tours are on Sunday, 21 and 28 February 2016. The performers include Mozart La Para, Vakero, Secreto, Yiyo Sarante, Revolucion Salsera, El Super Nuevo, Nico Clinico, El Jodon, Janko and DJs at the La Vega Country Club.
The tours depart at 7am from the Quisqueya Ball Park in Santo Domingo. For more information, contact D'Bonche Tours on 809 566-7575.
Two docks planned to connect east and north
The Ministry of Public Works has announced government plans to start building two docks in Sabana de la Mar and Samana to link the north and eastern tourism regions.
The dock in Sabana de la Mar will enable visitors to tour Los Haitises National Park, before continuing to the north shore of the Samana Bay and the beaches and nature excursions in Samana province.
The ferry, which will be used for transporting both passengers and vehicles, will be operated by Fiduciaria RDVial with the supervision of the Dominican Navy.
The Ministry says that this will complete the circuit around the island. Once visitors arrive in Samana, they can connect to Nagua, Cabrera, Rio San Juan, Gaspar Hernandez, Cabarete, Sosua and Puerto Plata.
On a TV interview with Miguel Guerrero on El Despertador by Channel 9, Colorvision, Minister Gonzalo Castillo also announced that construction work would continue on the Maimon-Puerto Plata road expansion, making it easier for visitors from the new Carnival Amber Cove cruise ship port in Maimon to reach north coast attractions.
The minister added that completion of the north coast highway should take 12 to 18 months, and the work will be carried out in sections to minimize disruption to traffic. He said the four- lane Maimon to Puerto Plata stretch should be completed by May 2016, adding to a first six-kilometer section that has already been done.
He also said that work on the Azua-Bani bypass highway is also underway, as well as the expansion of the Enriquillo-Barahona road along the southwestern coast.
El Al charter flights from PUJ to TLV
Dominican ambassador in Israel, Alexander de la Rosa, has announced that El Al will begin operating charter flights from Tel Aviv (TLV) to Punta Cana (PUJ) every 13 days starting in October 2016. The plan is for the flight to evolve into a weekly flight operation.
He said that El Al would be flying a Jet Boeing 777 with capacity for 277 passengers.
According to the ambassador, the flight is of interest to travelers from the Dominican Republic interested in religious tourism to Israel. Several local companies are already offering these packages, including Mona Tours and Genesis Tours that cater to pilgrims with specialized Holy Land tours.
Israeli tourists might also take the opportunity to travel to the north coast to visit Sosua with its Jewish museum, synagogue and cemetery. Sosua played a small part in Jewish history as a haven for dozens of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany.
Ambassador De la Rosa said that Sosua was the bridge that was built 75 years ago when the first boat with Jewish refugees arrived.
In 2013, a total of 2,446 tourists from Israel visited the Dominican Republic. In 2014, the number is said to have been 1,779. A non-stop flight is likely to increase these numbers considerably.

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