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19th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival delights music lovers

An estimated 12,650 music patrons attended the concerts.

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Talented lineup headlines 19th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

The festival brings five nights of free concerts, Nov. 4-8, to Santiago, Sosúa, Puerto Plata and Cabarete.

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Puerto Plata: The Caribbean’s newest cruise destination

More than 250,000 cruise passengers are expected in the first year.

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Puerto Plata amphitheater on target for March completion

Adjacent to the San Felipe fortress, the project is reshaping the Puntilla del Malecón

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Damajagua volunteer Joe Kennedy re-elected to Congress

As a Peace Corps volunteer, Kennedy worked on sustainable tourism for Damajagua Falls. Photo: Joe Kennedy for Congress Facebook page

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Damajagua’s Joe Kennedy wins US Congress seat

Joe Kennedy spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer organizing the Damajagua Falls ecotoursim attraction near Puerto Plata

Carnival announces $65 million cruise port for Maimon Bay

The facility is expected to open in Fall 2013

Air Turks & Caicos to fly Puerto Plata – San Juan PR

Turk and Caicos announced that it will start daily flights from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to the popular Caribbean hub of San Juan, Puerto Rico from April 15th

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New arrival at Ocean World, a baby sea lion

Ocean World Adventure Park executives announced the birth of a baby sea lion. This is the second event of its kind to be recorded at the site, as in 2006 a bottlenose dolphin “Lili.” was born under human care at the park.

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DR invites logo designers to create new tourism icon

Ministry of Tourism is seeking aspiring designers to create a new tourism logo design that reflects the growing recognition and stature of the DR as the world’s premier Caribbean destination

Research and Markets: The Dominican Republic Is Suffering Less Than Many Other Caribbean Countries from the Tourist Slowdown

The Dominican Republic is suffering less than many other Caribbean countries from the tourist slowdown. In the first four months of 2009 arrivals fell by 4.8% year-on-year (y-o-y), making it the fifth best performing country in the region.

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“Dame Fodor’s” graces the north coast

This month, businesses along the north coast welcomed Eileen Robinson Smith, 17-year correspondent for the prestigious Fodor’s Guide to the Caribbean and Fodor’s Dominican Republic. In this critical role, as North Coast spokesperson to a large and afluential readership, her views on Puerto Plata are of note.

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Tourist arrival statistics for May 09

Canada up, US and EU down, emerging markets compensate

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Canadian business leader meets with tourism minister

CABRERA- A Canadian business leader hailed the Tourism Ministry’s decision to motor the development of the town Cabrera, in the country’s northeast, noting that it’s a very attractive area for international investors. Rebecca McDonald, who built a villa at a cost of more than US$20.0 million in Orchid Bay, a gated community in Cabrera, said […]

UN will be consulted on controversial cement plant installations

Fernandez affirmed that on controversial issues which affect public opinion he’ll seek out the expertise of neutral international organisms

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Sosua Bay Casino to host webcam gambling

Cameras will be installed over table games at Sosua Bay Grand Casino for Internet live betting

Customs & Immigrations procedures changed to reduce boater ripoffs

The Dominican Republic has taken steps to reduce boater ripoffs by changing rules and giving marinas the job of collecting fees.

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Samana seeks “most beautiful bay” status for two locations

Samana Bay and Rincon Bay are the contenders

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Tourism ministry launches know-your-own-country campaign

Dominicans will be encouraged to get to know their own country via a Tourism Ministry project “Tourism for All”

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Drunken German diverts inbound flight

Munich man fined 100 Euros while pilot had to dump eight tonnes of fuel to land

$75M advertising barter deal proposed to hotels

Program allows hotels to trade unsold rooms for advertising in the markets of their interest

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Yale says DR is world’s 33rd greenest country

The university evaluated carbon and sulphur emissions, water purity and conservation practices.