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Last Sunday the 7th of December, just 4 hours after the arrival of the first GOL flight from Sao Paolo, the first direct AirFrance flight from Paris touched down on Dominican soil at the Casa de Campo – La Romana Airport.
Carrying 432 passengers, the B747-400 was also welcomed with a water salute, which taking place after dark, was reminiscent of a Disney light show, as the enormous jet passed slowly through the arc of water.
Carrying passengers exclusively for the MSC Música, docking in La Romana every Sunday on it’s way around the Caribbean, just like the GOL flight, the arrival of AirFrance to the La Romana – Bayahibe area was orchestrated through Claudio Silvestri, Chairman & CEO of Premier Resorts and Hotels, who worked closely with AirFrance and MSC Cruises, as well as the Dominican Ministry of Tourism, and of course Luis-Emilio Rodriguez, director of the Casa de Campo – La Romana Airport, the La Romana Port and the president of ASONAHORES, the Dominican Republic’s Hotel and Tourism Association, and Andres Fernandez, commercial, Airport & Port Manager for Central Romana.
While seats are not currently for sale for non-cruiseship passengers, it has been indicated that seats may come available in the coming months, and it is certainly the intention of all involved to bring more AirFrance flights to the Casa de Campo – La Romana International Airport. Once achieved these additional flights will bring an influx of European tourists to the La Romana – Bayahibe area, while also facilitating travel for locals to Paris and beyond.
“France is a very important market for our destination, particularly for the hotels in Bayahibe. We feel that this new Air France flight in conjuction with the MSC cruise operation will create more awareness for our region and open new exciting opportunities for all tourism-related businesses in the area of La Romana-Bayahibe”, Dr. Silvestri commented to Casa de Campo Living.
Also taking part in the welcome ceremony was Erminio Eschena, Managing Director, France, Belgium & Luxemburg for MSC Cruises and Gerard Baldit, Tourism Sales Manager, Corporate and Travel Agencies Sales for Air France.
Once aboard the MSC Música, the more than 400 tourists arriving from France will enjoy a 7 day cruise around the Caribbean including stops at the British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Guadeloupe and Sint Maarten. For locals looking to escape on a luxury Caribbean cruise, cabins are available to buy, please visit www.msccruisesusa.com for details and bookings.