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Shark Byte Boat Wins Big Five Fishing Open

The Shark Byte  boat was the winner of Big Five Fishing Open, held from 25 to 29 June at the Marina Cap Cana, to get 1,050 points for the largest number of fish caught and released. The second place went to the boat Reel Passion, upon reaching 950 points, and third place went on the boat Sea Wish, with 650 points. 

Fishermen who were winners were Kyle Francis, Shark Byte of the boat, with the first; Brayan Ingram of Reel Passion, second, and Peter Cherasia also Shark Byte, won third place. Rick Barrett, Shark Byte of the boat was the captain who scored the highest number of catches and released into the Big Five Fishing Open.

The event was held as part of the fishing season Marina Cap Cana which began in May and took place in la Plaza del Pescador. more

Casa de Campo promotes tourism golf with special offers for summer

Renowned Resort House reaffirms its leadership as a golf destination and interest to promote golf tourism by promoting an attractive offer for lovers of the sport, with regard to Father's Day and as part of its 40th anniversary. 

This offer, which runs until August 30, includes accommodation in rooms ¨ Pete Dye Golf Lodge ", breakfast, two free children and stroller for 4 passengers and a free round of golf at Dye Fore golf for $ 72 per person per night, double occupancy. 

For owners of villas and their friends, the Casa de Campo resort is offering a special rate of $ 85 per person, which includes green fee or Dye Fore The links and lunch.

House, besides being the favorite of celebrities for their holidays, is the leading golf resort in the world and the Caribbean, Honoring the campaign of The Sporting Life, which includes a choice of 90 holes in their four impressive golf courses, designed by internationally renowned architect Pete Dye. 

The property features spacious rooms and suites Elite plus Ocean Front luxury villas, exclusive and Classic. It has five-star restaurants: The Beach Club by Le Cirque and Caña by Il Circo. 
Among his sports catalog also include Polo, Equestrian Centre, Shooting Center, tennis, fishing, sailing a world class Marina Casa de Campo Yacht Club, exclusive beaches, the Spa and places to explore as Altos de Chavon. 

Casa de Campo is  member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Preferred Hotels & Resorts and Great Golf Resorts of the World, also features Conference Centers, designed with a modern operational technology. more


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