Americans can melt away the frigid weather this winter and jet to La Romana and Bayahibe on Dominican Republic's Southeast Coast, thanks to JetBlue Airways' new nonstop service. Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism welcomed nearly 135 passengers on JetBlue Airways' first nonstop flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to La Romana International Airport (LRM) on Nov. 16 in true Dominican fashion, complete with merengue dancers, Dominican rum and world-famous Dominican hospitality that helped draw a record 4.1 million visitors to the country in 2010.
Out of nearly 1.5 million Dominicans living in America today, the largest population lives in New York, both native and foreign-born. JetBlue's new route to La Romana – home to the famed Casa de Campo Resort, Altos de Chavon and the award-winning Teeth of the Dog golf course – will make the escape to La Romana's tropical temperatures and lush swaying palm trees more convenient and cost-effective for everyone living in New York and beyond.
"We are thrilled to welcome JetBlue's nonstop service to La Romana and applaud their vision and recognition of the growing visitor demand for our large island nation," said Magaly Toribio, Vice Minister of International Promotion, Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. "It's easier than ever for visitors to have it all this winter, exploring the incredible beauty of La Romana and Bayahibe along the Caribbean Sea. Visitors can even take the number one excursion from La Romana to Santo Domingo to experience the historic Colonial City and fascinating culture that abounds in our capital city."
Dominican Republic has it all for visitors. Its Southeast Coast includes some of the world's best golf courses; palm-tree covered National Parks, vast sugar cane fields and pure white-sand beaches. "La Romana charms families, honeymooners, divers and golfers alike. This new route will positively impact tourism in the area, and also provide Dominicans living in the United States a convenient opportunity to return home," added Toribio.
The JFK to La Romana flight on Wednesdays and Saturdays is the airline's fifth Dominican city to receive JetBlue service.
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Source: Sacremento Bee