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American Airlines adds Charlotte-Puerto Plata flight

The new nonstop operates Saturdays aboard Airbus 319 aircraft.

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Spring completion expected for new cruise port

The project is designed to re-establish the North Shore as a popular cruise destination.

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Tourism sector float proves a major attraction at the closing Carnival parade

An example of the important role of the tourism and hospitality sector was seen in its participation in the closing parade of the Carnival last Saturday on the Malecon

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Not for Sale: local hotels join the fight against child prostitution

The Northern Hotel Association signed a pact that unites Puerto Plata’s hotel sector with ECPAT International, UNICEF and the World Tourism Association to combat child prostitution.

Expats volunteer to help improve the visitor experience

Members of the The Meeting Place, a cultural center run by Canadian residents in Puerto Plata, held a press conference to express their interest in participating actively and voluntarily in local projects that will help improve the tourist experience in this province. Frances Boylston and Henry Milner, founders of the center, said they are preparing […]

Puerto Plata advances in brand development

23 JAN 2013– The Northern Hotel Association (Ashonorte) together with The Tourism Cluster of Puerto Plata and the Chamber of Commerce hosted a conference entitled “Development and Importance of branding Destination”, delivered by product branding expert Sergio Forcadell. This event also served to highlight the progress made ​​so far developing the brand Destination Puerto Plata, […]

$59 million resort project heralds region’s reawakening

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President Medina visits north coast flood victims

PUERTO PLATA. President Danilo Medina took a trip yesterday around the cities and towns of Imbert and Luperon in the province of Puerto Plata.

Rains displace 12,000 in northern provinces

After a wicked weekend, the sunshine’s out on Monday morning

Police major busted at airport

PUERTO PLATA– National Police major Jose Antonio Polanco Rodríguez was charged Wednesday with helping a drug trafficking network ship narcotics to Europe and Canada, allegedly using his post as Assistant Security director at Puerto Plata International Airport. He’s accused together with other junior officers and enlistees, in the cocaine shipments for an alleged ringleader, which […]

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Carnival breaks ground on new cruise center in Dominican Republic

The Amber Cove Cruise Center at Bay of Maimon is scheduled to open in 2014

People Making a Difference: Bob Hildreth and Lisa Ballantine

These two innovators, working independently, provide cheap, effective filters that make polluted water potable.

Japan helps relaunch Puerto Plata region’s tourism

Japanese representatives began to implement a sustainable tourism program in Puerto Plata, with the participation of the public and private sectors, to relaunch the country’s north coast as a tourism destination.

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New route guide highlights the Santiago-Puerto Plata panoramic mountain pass

Spectacular views: this mountain pass takes you through sugar and coffee plantations and up into amber mine country. Photo: Kieren Barry

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AAAS raises funds for animal neutering and care

This non-profit provides an important service in the control of a community’s animal population

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Canadian publisher honored for cultural contribution

The ceremony, held last week at City Hall, commemorated El Faro’s 40th year in circulation and marked the paper’s formal designation as part of the city’s Cultural & Historical Patrimony. Five other past and present Directors were also honored.

Flash floods damage homes in Puerto Plata, one dead

Civil Defense director Hugo González said flash floods damaged 34 houses totally, and 850 partially, whereas 635 families lost their belongings and 6,435 others had partial losses.

Spanish Galleon That Sank Around 1700 Found near Nagua

A research team has discovered a Spanish galleon that apparently sank near Nagua between 1690-1700

Missing Hamilton man found

Ex-Hamilton man says he was kidnapped, held for 16 days

Dominican Republic’s bad boat rep hurts marinas, hotelier says

PUERTO PLATA.- “The Dominican Republic has a bad reputation as maritime destination due to the inconvenience of its ports, the problematic entry procedures and the regulations for tourist boats,” the vice-president of the company Ocean World Marina & Casino Stefan Meister, affirmed Wednesday. He said more than eight agencies or authorities receive a boat when […]

UN rejects Los Haitises cement plant

The United Nations multi-sectorial team set up to evaluate the decision to install a cement plant in a buffer zone of the Los Haitises National Park has concluded that the project is neither viable nor pertinent. Los Haitises is known as one of the world’s largest karst reserves, and is a source of reserve water […]

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Canadian Embassy relocates, new ambassador arrives

Todd Kuiack replaces Patricia Fortier as Canada’s Ambassador to the Dominican Republic