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Dominican President inaugurates agro-tourism resort In Ocoa Bay

Dominican and U.S. investors began the development of the first agro-tourism resort to be built in the country, which is also the first resort hotel and real estate in Tourist Destination Number 8 on the coast of the beautiful bay in the South Ocoa .

The start and formal launch of the project was conducted with a ceremony attended by President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, accompanied by several ministers and heads of departments related to this initiative, local authorities and tourism business personalities.

The initial investment is $70 million and the construction phase will create 600 jobs, upon completion of the investment project is $167 million dollars and 1500 jobs. 

Both investment and job creation, for its important agricultural component-is higher than in traditional tourism projects.

The area initially committed to this development is 1.4 million square meters, and the first phase covers 140,000 meters square this complex agro tourism and real estate whose main attribute distinguishing a vineyard capable of producing high quality wines and grapes table.

Medina planted a vine "Missions", which is the heir to the Spanish conquerors introduced to the country in the early days of the colony, and from here taken to Mexico, Peru, Chile and Argentina, countries that still cultivate this species.

The activity gave a historical account shows that wine culture is initially introduced in America in what is now the Dominican Republic and from Hispaniola was introduced to the rest of the continent in the hands of Hernan Cortes, who took her to Mexico and Francisco Pizarro who introduced it in South America.

OcoaBay has been conceived as a resort community with villas, boutique hotels, clubhouse, restaurant, marina, shops, conference rooms, amphitheater, church, spa, botanical garden, raquet club, kids club, heliport, airstrip, parking, water supply, treatment plant wastewater, electrical service and collection system and treatment of solid waste.

In the first phase includes villas, plots for sale and a boutique hotel and the main facilities and infrastructures such complexes, in addition to the vineyard.
This new complex is the first sustainable agro-tourism type, developed in the country and the first major initiative in this sector in the South coast. more


Casa Bonita is nominated by the magazine Hôtel & Lodge for Best World Lodge

The Hotel Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge has been selected by the French magazine Hôtel & Lodge as one of the best four year institutions around the world in the "Lodge" for the quality of its services.

The delivery of the fifth edition of the awards will take place on December 20 in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the magazine, dedicated to showcasing the most exclusive being the benchmark for the French market demanding Hotels and Spas gathering more senior in the world.

The nomination was announced as part of the Fair Market International Luxury Travel (ILTM, for its acronym in English) held this year in the city of Cannes and where Bonica House is participating.

Polybius Schiffino, Vice President Hotel Casa Bonita said this is an honor not only for the hotel but for the country. ¨ It was a good news knowing we nominees in this category where only four hotels were chosen, which helps to position the destination Dominican Republic Barahona and worldwide. This motivates us to continue to provide a unique experience to our guests with personalized and professional service. "

Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge is a boutique hotel with 12 suites acclimated elegant rustic style, located on the southern coast of the island of Hispaniola, with a breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea in an area of ​​tropical forest surrounded by rivers and mountains, located at kilometer 17 Barahona on the coastal road leading to Pedernales.

This hotel received the 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award granted by TripAdvisor, to achieve a rating of 4.5, the highest awarded by the respondents by the renowned firm.

Visitors also enjoy the Casa Bonita Tanama Eco Spa, Canopy Tour, hiking, tennis, mountain biking, snorkeling equipment, surfboards and innovative services in the area of health, wellness, adventure and the use of fresh in its cuisine, reflected in the establishment of organic vegetable.

Member of Small Luxury Hotels, is now developing a tourism real estate project on the same property where the hotel is located, intended to be a model of sustainable development.

Casa Bonita is operated by Prohotel International, a company that operates, markets, develops and repositions elite boutique hotels in markets around the world with presence in Spain, Mexico, France and Nicaragua. 

They have developed programs for hotels in Greece, United States, Thailand, Peru and Costa Rica more

La Romana-Bayahibe receive Blue Flag certification International for 2012-2013

La Laguna Dominicus Beach received the Blue Flag international certification for the period 2012 - 2013, awarded by the International Jury of the Blue Flag program then successfully completing the evaluation process.

The Blue Flag beach ratified extends from the Oasis Canoa hotel facilities, crossing in front of the Catalonia Gran Dominicus, Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus, even ownership of Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace resorts and Beach.

The Association of La Romana-Bayahibe Hotels (AHRB), has been recognized for the work to achieve and maintain the Blue Flag certification Dominicus Beach, obtained in 2004 was the first in the Dominican Republic and the region in America.

Ana Garcia, Executive Director of the AHRB, stated that the achievement of maintaining this condition is the result of the cooperation of various public and private entities, which together with the Association of Hotel La Romana-Bayahibe, are working hard to keep one of the resources most important and emblematic destination.

This environmental category is awarded to beach hotels that meet the requirements of the International Blue Flag Coordination, such as quality of bathing water, environmental education and information, environmental management, safety and services. IDARD oversees and collaborates nationally to ensure the strength and maintenance of the criteria by the beaches.

It also requires regular monitoring of coastal reefs conducted by Reef Check and establish a lifeline systems to 100 meters away to the benefit of all users and sponsored by the private sector.

In addition to maintaining a very strict water quality, exceeding national regulations for four, also requires the implementation of an environmental program.

La Romana Bayahibe Hotels Association (AHRB) was created in 2000 in order to ensure sustainable development of the tourist, hotel operations make implementing sound practices environment, ensure the conservation of natural resources and implement social programs directed to neighboring communities. more


Nebrija University Professor highlights importance of multi-destination

Prof. Bruno Pujol

Professor Bruno Pujol, assistant dean of the University of Nebrija, Spain, highlighted the importance of multi-destinations and said that in the case of the Americas meet a market demand for medium and long distances and can contribute to reposition established destinations, in combination with other startup process.

Pujol addressed the topic "Multi-Destination" in a dynamic way, as part of the second Dominican Annual Tourism Forum (FODATUR 2012), organized by the Dominican Tourism Competitiveness Consortium (CDCT), sponsored by the U.S. Agency for Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Sustainable Tourism Empowerment Programme.

Among the advantages of multi-destinations Pujol cited to include the combination and synergies between complementary products and destinations that dinanamiza supply and product portfolio and the work of tour operators.

Pujol  explained that  the multi-destination offers the advantages of more alternatives to tourists  available to the move to a lower cost, the ability to integrate several countries on vacation and have a wider choice, attractive and varied.

The professor of the University of Nebrija stressed that the multi-destinations favors the public sector is the private, the official tourist agencies, customs, tour operators, tour guides, air travel and especially to the hotels more

Puntacana Village celebrates the spirit of Christmas

As is traditional at this time of year, Puntacana Village resort community located in Punta Cana Resort & Club, met to celebrate the spirit of Christmas carols paced, merengue and an array of cultural traditions.

All members of this community are integrated to enjoy the joy and peace of mind that permeates the celebration of the birth of Jesus, singing carols door to door while the residents are added to the family celebration to gather in the main square Puntacana Village, where awaits a meal based on the traditional roast pig.

In this atmosphere of joy, enjoy some food and drinks social, others dance to Dominican music, including Christmas meringues, while children share and take ownership of a tradition that has been enriched generation after generation.

What we are seeing in Puntacana Village in every December is a true celebration of Christmas, where residents regardless particular beliefs and customs, come together to share the traditions of our country.

Puntacana Village is a small multicultural community where residents enjoy a safe environment combined with the facilities and services offered by the destination of Punta Cana Resorts & Club. more


Ministry of Tourism will rescue Puerto Plata and will develop Barahona

Maribel Villalona

The Dominican Republic has an ambitious Tourist Land Use Plan (POTT) to encourage investment in the sector and promote community participation which houses the various tourist destinations in the country.
"This plan seeks sustainable tourism development, and urge through regulation and policy formulation and strategic actions to encourage investment in tourism, and promote management ensure community participation,"said Maribel Villalona Nunez who participated in the Dominican Annual Tourism Forum (Fodatur 2012), organized by the Dominican Tourism Competitiveness Consortium (CDCT), sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Sustainable Tourism Empowerment Programme.
According to the expert, representing the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism at the event, working in the education of human resources, order the territory, having adequate infrastructure, conserving nature, protecting the attractions, guarantee security, stability investment and an effective marketing plan.

Villalona Nunez says the POTT seeks Barahona positioning as differentiated tourism product of the region, strengthening support infrastructure to tourism, local human resources qualification and promoting SME oriented tourist economy.
In addition, the Dominican tourism authorities make efforts to strengthen regulatory instruments relating to tourism and the regulatory framework to ensure the proper management of natural resources and sustainable architectural form.
In that regard, she announced plans to boost the tourist resort of Puerto Plata which includes the rescue of public space, creating walkways, readjust the structures of buildings, retrofitting of city landscape, its power lines and tree planting and signaling streets.
"In short, we are committed to ensuring the long term viability of the different tourism, providing the necessary support to encourage cultural activities so that tourists and residents have access to the characteristics of Dominican culture," said Nunez Villalona .

  In this regard, we propose to rescue and restore the lands of Fort San Felipe to create a strong and clear identity that celebrates the geographic, historic and urban site, with the creation of the amphitheater, plazas and living spaces, areas green and parking will become a cultural center to complement the tourist offer. more


Announced Westin Hotel Puntacana Resort Club

With a symbolic first piebald, President Danilo Medina began construction work Puntacana Hotel Westin Resort & Club. 

The project is part of a strategic alliance between Puntacana Group, pioneers of tourism development in the area east and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1.090 properties in nearly 100 countries .

The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club, will be built with Puntacana Group's capital, and result in a significant financial investment reflects the confidence we have in our country," said Frank Rainieri, President & CEO of Grupo Puntacana.

The five-star hotel will feature 204 rooms and will be located in the area of ​​Playa Blanca in Punta Cana Resort & Club, just minutes from the Punta Cana International Airport.

Guests will enjoy all the amenities and services of the Westin brand distinctive : 16 suites, convention and wedding facilities, a large outdoor pool, poolside grill, lobby bar, cigar bar, kids club and a business center open 24 hours and the Westin Workout gym experience.

Guests have access to top-notch facilities in PUNTACANA Resort & Club, including the 3 miles of white sand beaches of property, 45 holes of world class golf, eight restaurants, a 1,500-acre ecological reserve with crystalline water springs, nature trails, equestrian center and ranch animals Dominican countryside. Also, water sports and outdoor as Scuba Ecotour Segway and Bugguies, Kite Surf and Paddle Surfclub. more

Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Punta Cana Village.

The inaugural event of the Four Points by Sheraton Punta Cana Village, was led by His Excellency President Danilo Medina, together with businessman Frank R. Ranieri, President & CEO of Grupo Punta Cana and Members of the Board of Directors of Grupo Punta Cana, Oscar de la Renta, Robert Kheel, Arnold Jacobs and Haydee de Ranieri.

With an investment of over U.S. $ 12 million from the Punta Cana Group, Four Points by Sheraton Punta Cana Village is the result of a franchise agreement between Starwood Hotel & Resorts and Grupo Puntacana who will assume the management and operation of the hotel.

The new hotel has 125 comfortable rooms, large rooms for meetings, conferences, exhibitions, weddings and all kinds of events; pleasant outdoor spaces, lobby bar, restaurant, gym, swimming pool, laundry services, and self parking.

 It also offers the facilities of a business center open 24 hours a day, equipped with cutting-edge audiovisual technology and wireless Internet.

Each hotel room has LCD TV 40 inch with remote, iPod dock, spacious bathroom, clock radio, individual climate control, electronic key, wireless high speed internet, and other amenities .

 One of the main features of the hotel chain and Four Points to note is the comfort of their beds.

 Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Punta Cana Village. is conveniently located opposite the Punta Cana International Airport, with direct access to a wide range of shops, restaurants and financial institutions located in Punta Cana Village.

Additionally, theyoffer complimentary shuttle guests to and from Punta Cana International Airport, as well as Puntacana Resort & Club, with 45 holes of world class golf, three miles of beach, Six Senses Spa, and Aquatic Center Tennis Center. more


Santo Domingo Colonial Fest will begin during the weekend

The Ministry of Culture, the San Souci Group and the National District City Council announced for the 12th, 13th and 14th of this month, the celebration of the "Santo Domingo Colonial Fest", which will include popular concerts, gastronomic, craft, opening of museums, restaurants and hotel deals.

In Colonial Fest works to revitalize the culture, monuments, gastronomy and history of the Dominican Republic, to raise awareness, healthy and festive, and the public to appreciate the authenticity and uniqueness of the Dominican. The opening ceremony will be led by Minister of Culture, José Antonio Rodríguez.

The festival seeks positive and sustained transformation of families living in the area's oldest first capital of the new world, according to a statement announcing the Communications Division of the Ministry of Culture.

During the days of the event, the artisans can sell their products and artists will have the opportunity to create and showcase new works. Also expected to revive area hotels hosting by 100 percent and that restaurants have higher influx during the days of celebration and later.

For the day, presentations are scheduled clowns and mimes, and concerts with local artists (singers and new talent). 

In addition, train rides will be offered with colonial characters, presence of living sculptures from all periods of American history and diverse activities in the Colonial City Museums. more


ASONAHORES welcomes tourism policies of President Medina

The decision by President Danilo Medina to support its economic program giving a boost to tourism places this sector as "best" in terms of its relations with the government sector and the adoption of public policies that facilitate their growth, said the new President of the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES).

Mr. Luis Emilio Rodriguez Amiama, said that with regard to government support, the industry is "facing the best possible scenario for the tourism sector, with a President pro-tourism, with a quantitative target set by the President and a Minister of Tourism has been consistent in its policy of cooperation with the private sector. "

For the first time, he said, the country has a president "who has placed tourism as one of the pillars of its project," for the first time the government "set a quantitative target for tourism", and raises the industry as "locomotive "of the economy.

He described the situation as "the best that has been our partnership, and we made ​​the decision to be active" and "get as far as possible" in the effort to achieve in 10 years the figure of 10 million foreign tourists via air ".

Rodriguez said some suggest that this goal set by President Medina is "ambitious" but ASONAHORES "do not see it", and as you can not predict the future, consider this a very important proposal because everything is made to reach that goal "will be immensely good for the country and its economy."

ASONAHORES President stressed that the entity has its "engine on" and has "a proposal for tourism connected with the vision of the Plan of Government of President Medina and also with the National Development Strategy." more

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