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2011/03/24

Hotels Want to use new kind of energy


Hotel companies
in the region east of the Dominican Republic are interested in accessing alternative sources of power generation, because, to date, the energy bill represents about 30% of its operating costs.

Forum "Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for Sustainable Tourism in the Dominican Republic, "coordinated by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and Industry, representatives of the major hotels in La Altagracia assured that the kilowatt-hour costs the industry between 28 and 29 cents.

If hotel owners add the cost of fuel that carries the power plant emergency buildings whenever the service is suspended, the cost could reach $ 0.40 in "many cases. "


According to a market study done for Investment, Group of Companies Dominican Renewable Energy (Geder), hotels in the East and Puerto Plata usually pay more than U.S. $ 150 billion for electricity consumption per month in the rooms, to which should be added consumption other structures.
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2011/03/23

Spain Will Rescue Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone Town


Spain will help the Dominican Republic to rescue the image of the Santa Barbara area, a flagship sector of the colonial city of Santo Domingo, declared World Heritage by the Organization of the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

National District Mayor Roberto Salcedo, Ambassador of Spain in the country, Diego Bermejo, and the general coordinator of the Spanish International Cooperation Agency (AECI), Carlos Cano Corcuera, today signed an agreement to monitor the Revitalization Project of this neighborhood.

The initiative aims to improve environmental hygiene conditions of that sector, to recover its assets, public spaces and their living conditions, of trade and services sector.

The project will cost 46 million dollars (864,871 euros), according to a statement from the Mayor of the National District.

Salcedo said at once that for a while, "the eyes of the public are put" in the Colonial and has articulated a "strategic plan for revitalization to become a better tourist destination. "


The project is running since 2007, seeks to reduce the amount of garbage in the streets, reducing pollution from the use of chemicals, and lead to channel sewage to improve water supply service and state of the public facility electrical power distribution.

In the chapter on recovery of public spaces and heritage of the neighborhood, the initiative seeks to restore the walls and fortifications in the neighborhood, improving the state of the streets, put the square of the Church and establish signs and posters in streets and monuments, including the labeling of the streets.

Also expand the public lighting of the intervention area, developing an awareness campaign about the value of tangible and intangible assets, write and support the management of public spaces legislation in the Colonial and promote the cultural heritage of the area.


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2011/03/19

Copa Airlines Successes in Dominican Republic


The Dominican Republic's economic development has substantially increased business tourism and all types of frequent business travelers to and from the local market.

This was stated yesterday in an interview with the newspaper Listin Diario the company's CEO Copa Airlines, Pedro Heilbron, who noted the growth of tourism, trade, business and the entire country's infrastructure, which, in his view, has been key to strengthening the aviation market to the Dominican Republic.

For the chief executive of Copa Airlines, the country's proximity to important destinations such as Central America and being in the Caribbean have allowed this market to experience fast positioning.

To justify the rapidly growing local market, Heilbron notes that part of strengthening Cup in the market is the increasing number of travelers to and from the Dominican Republic.

Mr. Heilbron noted that part of the company's growth has been reflected in the growth experienced by the Dominican market, since only the capital there are five flights a day, to which we must add destinations and Punta Santiago Cana The airline flies to 56 cities in 25 countries in Latin America.


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Japan Earthquake affects Tourism


Nearly two weeks after senior officials from the Tourist Office of Japan arrived in New Delhi to promote tourism, natural disasters have been spoiled their plans.

With the high intensity earthquake and devastating tsunami, have paradize flights to airports in Japan seriously affecting tourism.

Hindus, for example, have been traveling to the "land of the rising sun" in large numbers, especially for businesses, thanks to close links with companies in the automotive and engineering. In 2010, Japan received more than 69,000 tourists from India.

To boost Indo-Japan Tourism, Japan recently introduced multiple entry visas for Indians who have U.S. visas and recommendations of three chambers of commerce - the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).

In addition, huge ads, promoting travel to Japan, are published in several newspapers from the last days.


According to experts, traffic from Japan to India, especially to visit the Buddhist monasteries are also affected.

The National Tourism Organization of Japan has put a notice on its web site for foreign visitors traveling to northeastern Japan and its surroundings, including Tokyo.

The notice provides information related to the embassies and consulates, as well as the updating of the international flight schedules.

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2011/03/11

Twenty New Flights to the Dominican Republic


When forty-fifth ITB Berlin Fair finish this weekend, the Dominican Republic will feature over 20 new flights from different countries of Europe and North America, including some charter, the result of agreements reached by the Ministry of Tourism within the framework the conclusion of the international event.

Part of these agreements were concluded on Thursday, as explained by the Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia, after the meetings he held with tour operators and airline owners.

"Four of those agreements were reached with four major airlines, which ensures an increased flow of tourists to the Dominican Republic, " he said.

He cited among the agreements signed with Condor Air line, which will add two new flights, one from Vienna to Punta Cana and the other from Frankfort-Punta Cana and vice versa, in addition to the fifteen flights that currently performs the country.

Similarly, Garcia said that because the negotiations were conducted at the fair in Berlin, Sunwing Airlines of Canada, decided to raise from three to six flights from Toronto to Puerto Plata, with the expectation of reaching the eight weekly.

"On this second day of activities with the various tour operators and airlines may be considered as very important because all the lines we have had contact expectations have been higher than we had last year, "said Garcia.

The Tourism Minister also agreed with the main French airline, Air France, which will increase the number of business class seats on its flights to the Dominican Republic and will continue the promotion through the line in the hundred and fifty-three countries.

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2011/03/07

Dominican Republic in ITB at Berlin



The International Business Exchange (ITB) in Berlin, the largest tourism fair of its kind, begins Wednesday in Berlin, a scenario that is used the Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia, Dominican Republic to promote and discuss the arrangements business for years with airlines, tour operators and travel agencies.

Tourism Minister recalled that last year alone four million 135 thousand tourists visited the country, contributing over U.S. $ 4.000 billion in foreign exchange to the national economy.

"This scenario, which brings about 180,000 visitors and more than 11,000 exhibitors, is the perfect platform for exposing the country to continue its qualities to the international showcases, but it is also a business center and concretize to renew agreements with the leaders of this sector "said the official.

For this edition of the ITB, the country have a promotional booth in 300 square meters that will show the charm and diversity of the destination.

The
event is held at the Convention Center of Messe Berlin.

During the event are scheduled meetings of the Minister of Tourism with the major airlines touching Dominican soil, to discuss regarding the high cost of fuel, among other topics.

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