DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – AUG. 15, 2011 – Build your dream paradise vacation on Dominican Republic (DR) Ministry of Tourism's award-wining website: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com. Since its launch in January 2011, the social media-friendly site is impressing visitors and tourism marketers. The site has earned prestigious awards for its clever design and function, most recently including two W3 Awards (2011 Gold Award - Government and 2011 Silver Award - Tourism), as well as an International Davey Award (2011 Silver Award - Website).
Build your personal paradise at GoDominicanRepublic.com
The global, interactive website showcases key selling points of the destination, providing site visitors with in-depth information about the country, its alluring destinations, diverse activities, luxurious accommodations and travel information, and includes a dynamic event calendar to help travelers plan their next trip to the top Caribbean travel destination.
Among the most prominent features, the site's "My Paradise" allows users to create their own personal itinerary by adding elements to their paradise section, including cities or towns of interest, activities, events, images they discover in the country while they browse the site. They can write their own notes and even share their paradise on 200+ social media platforms. The site also features a sophisticated "Interactive Map" that adds geo-location and mapping capabilities throughout the website, making it a true, state-of-the-art trip planning tool.
"Dominican Republic is a charismatic and unforgettable island nation boasting intricate architecture, rich culture, amazing accommodations, world-class golf courses, pristine beauty and unlimited eco adventures. Dominican Republic's official and innovative new website has become the primary source for Dominican Republic travel information, consumer engagement and booking for travelers from around the world," said Magaly Toribio, DR Ministry of Tourism's Vice Minister of International Promotion.
The site also has a media center where more than 1,000 high resolution images, 25 videos of the country, a calendar of events, press materials, brochures and more can all be downloaded. And, with the click of a button, the site can be translated into six different languages including English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Russian.
According to Evelyn Paiewonsky, DR Ministry of Tourism's E-Marketing Director, "GoDominicanRepublic.com satisfies the need in the online market for visitor interaction and appeal. The dynamic website achieves our objectives connected to promoting the country's tantalizing regions, which have a lot to offer both residents and visitors alike. GoDominicanRepublic.com continues to be the number one source of comprehensive tourism information about Dominican Republic, and therefore we ensure that the site is fresh, dynamic and innovative for our global audience."
GoDominicanRepublic.com was developed by BVKmeka with special emphasis on cross-platform interoperability and open standards; the vibrant, multi-lingual site was built using the latest Web technologies such as dynamic HTML, CSS3, jQuery and Ajax, along with Joomla, one of the world's leading Content Management Systems (CMS), in order to make it work seamlessly across computers, iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices.
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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 28 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 Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website at: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.
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BVK Public Relations for DR Ministry of Tourism