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May 17, 2016
  • Flavors of the World at Casa de Campo
  • Vacationes CTN Expo Feria at Sambil this weekend
  • Travel up again in April
  • Fathom success adds another year of bookings
Flavors of the World at Casa de Campo
Casa de Campo presents "Flavors of the World: A Gastronomic Journey" with a calendar of culinary events from May to November 2016.
Events start this weekend, 20-22 May 2016 with Michelin star chef Fernando Arellano from Spain, best known for his contemporary cuisine in Majorca. He will present two tasting dinner menus on Friday and Saturday at Beach Club by Le Cirque. On Saturday afternoon, Casa de Campo chef Anthony Masas and Chef Arellano will work together to present culinary activities for guests followed by a special brunch service on Sunday. The cost of the two dinners with Fernando Perez Arellano is US$125 per person, which includes dinner, wine pairing and non-alcoholic beverages plus taxes. Brunch is US$50 per person and includes taxes and non-alcoholic beverages.
Next on the program is the 15-17 July 2016 weekend, with Chef Jose Mendin of Pubbelly, with special guests Chef Jeremy Ford from Room Matador and Chef Bradley Kilgore of Alter, showcasing Miami's cuisine.
According to the Casa de Campo website, the program will also include events dedicated to Peru, Italy, Mexico and Portugal.
Vacationes CTN Expo Feria at Sambil this weekend
Vacaciones CTN Expoferia 2016 is the leading travel booking event organized by the Caribbean Traveling Network (CTN) travel TV station. The 15th fair is set for this weekend, 20, 21, 22 May 2016 at the Sambil mall exhibition hall in Santo Domingo. The fair is open from 10am to 10pm and admission is RD$100 adults and RD$50 children. The fair is mainly aimed at the domestic market, with deals for booking hotels, tours, summer camps and airfares on offer.
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Travel up again in April
The Central Bank has released statistics for the travel market for April 2016 showing that travel is again up 4.9%, compared to 3.8% in April 2015. There were 22,835 more travelers visiting this April, compared to last year. Non-resident travelers included 12,942 additional travelers. From April-to-April, the increase in foreign visitors was up 5%.
The Central Bank attributes the increase to the strong economy in source countries as well as promotion strategies implemented by the Ministry of Tourism that have contributed to consolidating the leadership position of the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean.
Travel to the country is now at 2,089,226 visitors for the first four months of the year. This is 127,862 more travelers than for January-April 2015 for an overall 6.5% increase. Of the increase, the Central Bank reports that 75.7% are foreign tourists (96,840 passengers) and 24.3% are Dominicans living abroad (31,022 passengers).
Air arrivals during the first four months of the year were 2,268,481, or 7.1% compared to last year, or 149,606 more passengers.
In April 2016, North American tourists (United States, Canada and Mexico) make up 62.3% (264,091 passengers) of all travelers to the country, followed by Europe with 21.3% (90,288 passengers), South America with 12.7% (53,783 passengers), and Central America and the Caribbean with 3.5% (14,765 tourists). US travel is up 4.9% during this period.
The Central Bank report observes that South American travel is also up significantly, with a 15.3% growth. Main source countries are Venezuela, Colombia, Uruguay and Peru.
Punta Cana continues to be the main port of entry for tourists, with 65.3% of air arrivals (1,209,246 passengers), followed by Las Americas (Santo Domingo) with 296,474 passengers, Puerto Plata (195,695 passengers), Cibao (60,081 pax), La Romana (51,111 pax), El Catey (Samana) with 35,993, and La Isabela (Santo Domingo) with 2,363 passengers.
Fathom success adds another year of bookings
Carnival Corporation has announced that it has added another year of sailings to its new social impact brand Fathom as demand continues to grow for the new cruise line. New dates for the Fathom trips have been added through December 2017, sailing from Miami, Florida. The extension is both for the Dominican Republic social impact cruise to Puerto Plata and also on the cultural immersion trips to Cuba with stops at the Cuban ports of Havana, Cienfuegos and Santiago de Cuba. The travelers sail on board the relatively small ship, the MV Adonia.
Fathom president Tara Russell gave the following statement: "We have been humbled by the tremendous response Fathom has received from travelers eager to experience Fathom while helping the Dominican Republic to flourish and making history through human connections and immersive experiences in Cuba."
After arriving at Amber Cove port in Puerto Plata, passengers are given the opportunity to take part in social impact activities such as reforestation, community English, pouring cement floors in homes, teaching English in local schools, and creating water filters to provide clean drinking water for the locals.
Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald said that their decision to add another year of sailings was partly due to the positive feedback the cruise line has received from travelers, travel professionals, and community leaders who have taken one of the first few cruises on Fathom.
Prices for the seven night cruises to the Dominican Republic start at $974 per person with cruises to Cuba starting at $1,889 per person, excluding visas, taxes, and fees.
This year, Fathom became the first cruise line to sail to Cuba from the United States in over 50 years.

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