Dominican Republic (DR) Ministry of Tourism 'DR for Pilots' Exhibit Brings Paradise to EAA

July 28, 2010

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Dominican Republic (DR) Ministry of Tourism is bringing a taste of the most fascinating and bio-diverse island nation to U.S. pilots with the DR for Pilots exhibit at the 2010 Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) event in Oshkosh, Wis., held July 26 - August 1. The second largest country in the Caribbean, top DR aviation and tourism leaders will attend this annual gathering of more than 500,000 aviation buffs in the U.S. to greet pilots, give away DR trips and provide information on its fee-free airports, rich culture and unparalleled scenery.

"With 14 modern and welcoming airports throughout the country's distinct geographic regions, the Dominican Government aims to increase private flights to the DR. Pilots will discover stunning views of coastlines, beaches, mountains, waterfalls and valleys with charming rural towns and modern cities," said Magaly Toribio, Vice Minister of International Promotion for the DR Ministry of Tourism.

"The DR for Pilots exhibit at EAA is the result of a unified effort among DR Ministry of Tourism, Dominican Airport Department, Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation, Aeroclubs and private sector leaders to ensure that private pilots learn how easy it is to explore our magnificent paradise," she added.

"In the DR, pilots will discover unique flying experiences not found anywhere else and enjoy world-famous Dominican hospitality. Less than a six-hour flight from Miami, it's easy for private pilots to fly to the DR. While many travel destinations can only welcome these pilots in the summer months, the DR is a warm, sunny place to visit year-round," said Aristides Fernandez Zucco, DR Minister and Director of the Department of Airports.

"Eco-friendly policies keep the DR vibrant and green, so flying within the country offers breathtaking views of nature expressed in extreme and different forms. Pilots can cruise around the Central Mountain Range and land at Constanza, the highest airport above sea level where they will see Duarte Peak, the tallest point in the Caribbean. But they can also explore arid deserts and Lake Enriquillo in the southwest, which marks the lowest point in the Caribbean. With nearly 1,000 miles of coastline, pilots can make landings at short sea-side airstrips along the Atlantic Ocean or Caribbean Sea," said Jose Tomas Perez, director of the DR Institute of Civil Aviation.

The DR for Pilots EAA booth, located in EAA's Hangar C, will showcase the country's world-class hotels, golf, unique attractions, geography and culture that make the DR a must-see destination for pilots. Drawings for trips to the country will be held and aviation and tourism officials will be available to provide detailed information about DR airports. In addition, an authentic Dominican cigar roller will provide product demonstrations and samples.

The Dominican Republic's first tourist was Christopher Columbus in 1492. Rich in history, the DR has developed into a diverse destination offering both Dominican and European flavors to more than one million U.S. visitors each year. Named #1 Golf Destination in Caribbean & Latin America by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, the DR boasts 25 designer golf courses, upscale resorts, pristine nature, and sophisticated cities and quaint villages filled with warm Dominican people. The DR features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike. Visit the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism's official website at:

SOURCE Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism