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80% of dominican hotels are small

80% of the hotels in the Dominican Republic are small establishments, even in tourist locations such as Jarabacoa, Constanza and Cabarete are the only option for accommodation.

However, the 136 large hotels in the country account for 80% of the total rooms available.

According to the registration of the Hotel and Tourism Association (Asonahores), the Dominican Republic has 674 hotels totaling 66.968 rooms, of which 538 are small with an offer of 13.166 bedrooms.

With the exception of the province of La Altagracia, where 58% of hotels are over 100 rooms, the rest of the Dominican Republic is dominated by apartments and accommodation centers smaller.

Santo Domingo is the second area with the greatest number of large hotels, which constitute 24% of options in town, totaling 71 stores.

In Boca Chica there are 49 hotels, of which 46 are three to twenty-six rooms, totaling 632. However, only three large hotels add 1.284 rooms.

In Santiago alone and Grand Admiral Marriot Courtyard exceed one hundred bedrooms, with an availability of 160 and 138, respectively.

there are 27 small hotels which together offer 707 bedrooms.

Casa de Campo, with 433 rooms, is the only hotel among the 11 large hotels are there in La Romana.

The 10 small hotels barely have 294 bedrooms.

In San Pedro de Macoris, there are 30 hotels, of which nine account for 18% of total rooms.

In Constanza and Jarabacoa there are only small hotels totaling 129 rooms and 213 respectively, which must be added the farms and villas for rent.

The area of ​​Cabrera, Nagua and Rio San Juan, in the province María Trinidad Sánchez , has only 1.964 rooms in 40 hotels, of which only Caribbean Village Playa Grande is the largest, with 303 bedrooms.

The accommodation is 67 Samana hotels, which represent 2.669 rooms.

In Santa Barbara de Samana are located Cayacoa and Cayo Levantado
hotels , with 295 and 214, respectively, in Las Terrenas are five large capacity hotels totaling 955 rooms accommodation in Las Galeras is and Casa Marina Bay with 250 bedrooms.

Puerto Plata is the tourist center with the largest number of registered hotels with a total of 154. In this province there are 41 hotels with 2.945 rooms, concentrated by 73% in the eight largest hotels.

In Gold Coast there are two hotels of 584 and 516 rooms, and in Playa Dorada are 10 hotels with 3.644 rooms, of which only Colonial House is a small school of 50 rooms.

Sosua is the locality with the highest concentration of hotels in the area with 65 hotels with 4.702 rooms, 11 of which exceed 100 bedrooms.

The 27 hotels located in Cabarete are small, whereas Cofresi is only three large capacity of accommodation that encompasses 830 bedrooms.

Also, the town of La Isabela is one of 68 hotel rooms and Luperon Tropical Luperon site covers 89% of the supply of accommodation in that town that has 429 bedrooms in total five hotels.
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Santo Domingo Hotels on high demand

The central polygon hotels in Santo Domingo have the largest demand that provides accommodation in the Dominican capital.

This was stated by vice president of Asonahores, Arturo Villanueva, who emphasized the development that has had the business tourism in the metropolitan area and its relationship to the dynamism of the business and gastronomic in the area.

There are currently several hotel projects in the pipeline in the capital and were inaugurated recently.

Much of the Novocentro Square building has been earmarked for hotel accommodation and the structure of the Blue Mall is still under construction.

In Abraham Lincoln Avenue opened two years ago around the Holiday Inn and actually investors are building two more hotels.

Also in Tiradentes Avenue are building a hotel plaza and Maximo Gomez avenue Lina Barcelo and Cortyard hotels maintain a high level of demand, according to Villanueva.

However, the occupancy rate has dropped significantly in the Colonial Zone, said the executive director of the Association of Small Hotels in Santo Domingo, Rafy Saldaña.

Mr. Saldaña pointed out that most of the guests are non-resident dominicans visiting the country and inhabitants of provinces reaching the National District to participate in conferences or seminars.

The associations of
hotels in Santo Domingo have recorded nine hotels in the Colonial, which together offer 325 rooms.

The Hotel and Tourism Association (Asonahores) and the Association of hotels in Santo Domingo (AHSD) recorded in the Colonial City the following hotels: Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando, French Sofitel, Mercure Comercial, Hodelpa Caribe Colonial and Europe Hotel Boutique, totaling 325 rooms .

The Association of Small Hotels in Santo Domingo brings Beaterio accommodation centers, Count of Peñalba, Coco Boutique and Guest House Naemi with an offer of 44 rooms.

In the center of Santo Domingo AHSD Asonahores and have recorded eight hotels: Dominican Fiesta, Clarion, Santo Domingo Courtyard by Marriott, Holiday Inn, Barceló Santo Domingo, BQ and Apart Hotel Plaza Colonial.

The accommodation
of these hotels sum 1.452 rooms. more


10 Best travel worldwide destinations for Christmas

Christmas is a special time in the year to celebrate and reunite with loved ones. But it is also an excellent opportunity to turn the holidays into an unforgettable journey.

Meet new
destinations or return to our favorite city to see it glow with Christmas lights .. These are the 10 locations recommended for the new year 2012:

1-New York (United States):

New York shines with a special glam for the holidays. What makes it a destination for travel on most wanted Christmas.

A Christmas classic New Yorker is the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" a magnificent spectacle of City Hall to pure spirit of Christmas.

Another can not miss is the "Shopping Week" the week for holiday gifts, each store is lit with beautiful Christmas decorations. And, of course, the magical Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center.

2-Rovaniemi (Finland):

Located in the Lapland region in Finland, Rovaniemi is nothing less than the birthplace of Santa Claus.

It is a town with a picturesque wooden houses, snowy mountains, reindeer and sleigh. Very close to the Rovaniemi is the Santa Claus Village theme park, visited by thousands of people for Christmas.

The park has attractions and shops allegorical, for example, the post office where Santa Claus receives letters from children asking for gifts.

3-Bethlehem (Israel):

It is a very special proposal, which may be one of the most important travel life for believers. Bethlehem visit gives us the opportunity to see the place where the manger where Jesus was born, no doubt something very exciting. In addition, visiting Bethlehem, we will be able to find religious objects and souvenirs about Christmas.

4-London (England):

Christmas in London is not only a feast for the eyes with its beautiful streets lit tree or Trafalgar Square. It is also a treat for the ears.

Christmas carols are heard everywhere. Also in the halls of the english capital is special Christmas concert. In some, the public is welcome to join the singers.

Another classic Winter and Christmas in London is ice skating in one of the many tracks in the city.

For shopping,
there are Christmas markets with crafts, design objects, collectibles, gifts in addition to the typical department store in London.

5-Madrid (Spain):

Christmas in Madrid is another must-see, and of course more affordable proposal for the spanish.

The capital city
offers an unforgettable Christmas experience. Enjoy holiday stories and music in the Plaza Mayor, enjoy ice skating rinks and Christmas markets.

A special mention deserves the dazzling light of the most beautiful buildings in Madrid, such as the Palace of Communications.

To this it adds an artistic activity as mixed. A must-see city for Christmas, for spanish, foreigners and locals as well.

6-Rome (Italy):

Another city that undoubtedly marked by religion is Rome. Here the Christmas celebrations are unique.

The biggest attraction
is probably torchlight processions celebrating the birth of Jesus. In St. Peter's Square and Piazza Navona Christmas markets offer delicious sweets, traditional handicrafts and chocolate coins.

7-Buenos Aires (Argentina):

In downtown Buenos Aires major avenues are decorated with endless white lights that hang like garlands giving a magical effect to the streets.

Christmas Eve in Buenos Aires has a classic is a must the sky lit by fireworks exploding everywhere when they give twelve.

For lovers of holiday shopping, the malls of Buenos Aires is an attractive ideal. In addition to the very favorable currency exchange and tax-free products, shopping malls are open until dawn, offering deep discounts surprising.

8-Paris (France):

Paris shines brighter than ever at Christmas. The lights dress the Champs Elysees, the Eiffel Tower and the Ferris Wheel.

The huge Christmas tree Notre Dame is a point missed. Winter gives us the incredible possibility of ice skating under the Eiffel tower herself.

On Christmas Eve many French are accustomed to dine in one of the wonderful restaurants that have Paris.

the grand finale, the fireworks show of the Seine, an unforgettable experience.

9-Rio de Janeiro (Brazil):

Rio de Janeiro has a unique way to experience the holidays with joy and passion that characterizes Brazil. A very original attraction is the floating Christmas tree in the world, a marvel of lights drifting in the water creating a very beautiful effect.

Those who can stretch his stay until the New Year will see the popular ritual of launching small boats into the sea with gifts and flowers.

different Christmas with the tropical warmth and charm of one of the best beaches in the world.

10-Sydney (Australia):

A Christmas quite different from the known, not only by the warm climate of the southern hemisphere.

Santa Claus - "Swag Man" - is more than original dress hat, blue tank top and shorts! Besides reindeer companions are not, obviously, but kangaroos.

The main attraction is the big fireworks display that takes place in Sydney Harbour. After midnight the party moves to the beaches of the city. more


Dominican Tourism was good during 2011

Despite the
economic crisis facing the main european countries sending tourists to the Dominican Republic in 2011 the country recorded a growth of 5% in the number of visitors compared to last year.

The Ministry of Tourism has launched a strategy to diversify the source markets with which it has been increased to four flights from Russia, and has significantly increased the reception of tourists from Central America, Brazil, Argentina, United States and Canada.

The main markets remain the United States and South America, which has grown this year by over 40%, with the case of Brazil, which has increased by 127% the emission of tourists, according to Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia.

As stated by the vice president of Hotel and Tourism Association (Asonahores), Arturo Villanueva, the Dominican Republic this year ranked among the fastest growing tourist destinations in the Caribbean region, but stressed the need to increase spending by tourists in the country and increase product quality, so that in addition to maintaining the growth rate can attract a greater capacity to consume.

One of the most highlighted achievements of the sector in 2011 was the inauguration in October Tourist Atlantic Boulevard, which promises to boost tourism in Samaná.

Also, this year we have implemented several initiatives to revive the flow of visitors to Puerto Plata.

The Ministry of Tourism has launched an exclusive promotion of the destination for U.S. and Canada with an investment of over $ 1.8 million. more


Santo Domingo Cluster presented art in carriages

The Santo Domingo Cluster delivered the first seven carriages donated by the company Adrian Tropical, within the program of renovation and improvement of services offered to residents, visitors and tourists in the Colonial City.

The carriages have been used as canvases on which have been translated works of great masters of the Dominican Arts, including Guillo Pérez, Elsa Nuñez, Amaya Salazar, Souci Pellerano, Jose Cestero, Mirna Guerrero and Candido Bidó.

They were manufactured
by a specialized company in Canada.

Freddy Ginebra, president of the Tourism Cluster of Santo Domingo (CTSD), said that the act of painting designs on the body of the carriages was quite an art festival, held in Columbus Park on the street El Conde, for two purposes consecutive week, by a select team of students from the end of the National School of Visual Arts, supervised by its Director, Prof. Miguel Valenzuela.

The event took place in the Plaza of Spain, compared to Pata de Palo Restaurant on the Plaza of Spain, where the drivers were the carriages from the president of CTSD, who was accompanied by important artists and personalities in the dominican tourism and cultural issues. more


Green Tower Juan Dolio

Green Tower is a different residential concept in comfort, enjoyment and safety, rooted in the most beautiful in the Caribbean Dominican surrounded by sea, exotic beaches, golf courses and a heavenly vegetation.

Green Tower corresponds to an exclusive apartment project, strategically located in the most beautiful beach in the tourist area of ​​Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic, near Santo Domingo and 20 minutes from Las Americas International Airport, which serves the historic city of Santo Sunday.

Green Tower has been designed considering the highest standards of quality, engineering and architectural development to ensure your investment in the Caribbean the perfect, ideal place for peaceful coexistence in you and your family.

Green Tower is also an ambitious project designed to become the first concept of eco-friendly apartments in the Dominican Republic, building materials that promote the environment, using both a new renewable energy system that would work with all the lighting of common areas the condominium.

Green Tower offers the following facilities:

- Monitored security system with cameras.
- Large green areas.
- Modern panoramic lifts.
-Luxurious and spacious lobby.
-Comfortable reception during 24 hours.
-Finely decorated living rooms.
-Restaurant and cafeteria.
-Infinity pool for adults and children.
-Fabulous thermal jacuzzi.
-Nice terrace solarium type.
-Safe children's play areas.
-Multi-purpose room with terrace.
-Sea view.
- Large modern gym.
- Permanent sauna.
-Relaxing Spa.
-Hall of drivers and employees
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Hilton Hotel builds new parkings

The Hilton Hotel Santo Domingo presented to the media the progress of the construction of a modern building parking, during a tour led by top officials of the hotel.

Hector Concari, general manager of the Hilton, said during the activity that "this new building will strengthen our market leadership, complementing existing services. With this work, Hilton Hotel Santo Domingo is the largest city with parking units for guests and customers. "

This parking has five floors, with modern infrastructure and is located in the northern section of the hotel with direct access from Independence Avenue.

It has capacity for 400 vehicles, loading and unloading area for mounting equipment and events will also have a security system of last generation.

Parking is expected to become operational in the first quarter of 2012. more

Punta Cana Group inaugurates landing runway and control tower in the East

The Punta Cana Group opened a new runway and a modern control tower at the airport Internancional of this municipality of the Eastern Region.

The Punta Cana International Airport, with new facilities, has becomes the most modern air terminal in Central America and the Caribbean, explained the entrepreneur Frank Rainieri, chairman of Punta Cana Group.

Mr. Rainieri explained that the new runway is 10,171 feet long and 150 feet wide, allowing the landing of wide-body aircraft such as Jumbo, Airbus, the Extended-range and the newly launched B-787.

He quoted it is the eighth expansion of the airport since it was inaugurated in 1984, allowing now accommodate a greater number of aircraft.

In this regard, Rainieri explained that the new track has three taxiways will optimize the landing, and said it is equipped with the latest generation of light, allowing better visibility for pilots.

Rainieri said the cab of the new control tower allows a 360 degree unobstructed sight, and is equipped with radio communication aid to air navigation and meteorological systems, identical to those used by major airports in the world . more


JetBlue launches the only nonstop flight between New York and La Romana

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JetBlue Airways is pleased to announce today the beginning of its bi-weekly service to La Romana, its fifth destination in the Dominican Republic.

The largest airline in the Dominican Republic will fly between the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York and La Romana (LRM) on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

To celebrate the launch, the airline's customers can book from now until December first at /new for only $ 149 each way for flights on Wednesdays, until February 2012 .

To begin the week of celebration of the new service JetBlue Getaways will be dodging five vacation packages of four days and three nights for two people including return flights to La Romana accommodation.

Customers can log on to and receive a virtual card to scrape and try their luck.

From tomorrow until Saturday, customers can also enter for a chance to win one of five day vacation packages to Liberia, Costa Rica, as well as St. Thomas and St. Croix, respectively.

All who enter the sweepstakes will also receive a discount code for $ 50 to purchase a vacation package future JetBlue Getaways.

In the Dominican Republic JetBlue also flies to Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Santiago and Santo Domingo, with service to New York.

The company also connects
Boston to Santo Domingo, Santiago and Punta Cana, offering nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and San Juan to Santo Domingo.

With this new service, customers can easily connect through New York to eight destinations including Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Buffalo, Portland (Maine), Rochester and Syracuse, with a convenient service connections in its base of operations located in Terminal 5 at JFK.

JetBlue service between JFK and La Romana will be operated with Airbus A320 aircraft fleet of the airline, with seating, the first bag free and free drinks and snacks, unlimited, comfortable leather seats, more legroom than any other airline in economy class and award winning customer service. more

Brazilian Airline will open in Dominican Republic

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Brazilian airline Gol, one of the largest South American nation, plans to settle in the
Dominican Republic beginning in march 2012.

The information was offered the director of the Dominican Institute of Civil Aviation (IDAC), Alejandro Herrera, who noted that this will allow our country to become a central link between South America and the rest of the world.

He said that this agreement will have a major impact on both economic and in the sense of visibility and mobility of the Dominican Republic.

He explained that the company will make some 200 flights a week, representing about 780 direct jobs and 2,500 indirect jobs. He said the flow of passengers through the Gol will be 2.1 million per year and can load 75 000 tons per year.

He considered that the importance of the installation of the airline in the Dominican Republic is that the country become South America in connection with North America and Europe. He also said that attract a greater flow of tourists from Brazil and other South American destinations to our nation.

On the other hand, said the airline will allow installation of the local agreements to open new routes from the Dominican Republic. (source) more


Pullmantur Air will establish in Dominican Republic

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Pullmantur Air, one of the largest airlines in both Spanish fleet of aircraft and flight capacities, announced this Saturday, operates regularly between the airport of Las Americas and Madrid, Spain.

Mr. Enrique Saiz, Commercial Director of the company in the Dominican Republic reported that the airline will fly weekly from Saturday November l9, and to use the route B747-400 aircraft, known as Jumbo, with capacity for hundreds of passengers.

The airline executive said the decision to include the Americas as a route to and from Madrid-Spain, in order to continue contributing in the development of the Dominican market with regard to air travel.

Mr. Saiz said dominicans are also interested in traveling to Spain, flights will be available from next Saturday with Pullmantur Air, a new service options and rates to pick and choose among the other airlines flying to Madrid.

The manager reported that the inaugural flight is scheduled for four in the afternoon of Saturday at the airport of Las Americas with the assistance of government officials, tourism operators, airline executives and the Consortium Aerodom.

Saiz was pleased with the facilities the company has received both the Dominican Civil Aviation Institute, Aerodom IDAC-like, which are responsible for the management of space and airport services in the Americas

Pullmantur Air has been conducting regular and charter flights between Madrid, Spain and the airport of La Romana and Punta Cana, respectively, deciding to include the Americas with a weekly flight.
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Cap Cana is working as usual for tourism

The director of public relations for Cap Cana, Rosangela Rodriguez, said resort operations are and will continue developing normally according to how they are programmed.

Reported that the publications have been offering in some media about the financial situation of the resort complex, is a subject related to bonds, so that "only a matter for the bondholders."

"The activities continue as usual, in full swing and incorporating many activities for the enjoyment of everyone," said Rodríguez specifying that Cap Cana have events every day of the week except on Mondays.

The executive said that in the event that a bondholder would like more information about what has been publishing must write to the email, and that it is bondholder, clients should refer to publications that are issued .

As announced in a statement, the Cap Cana Group announced that customers can pay the interest due until Oct. 31, which correspond to a bond issue that matures in 2016.

The information known so far is that since the company notified the purchasers of the bonds on the inability to meet financial commitments, which reflect the amount of interest due until 31 October is $ 4.8 million and the amount total debt is U.S. $ 120 million, according to the report.
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Taíno Park Samaná

Taino Park Samaná
is built on nearly 2 acres and provides a roof walk in full contact with nature.

This tourism destination is located in Samaná, Dominican Republic.

The Tainos were the natives who lived in Dominican Republic before this country was founded during the 15th Century.

This civilization was killed by the spanishs.

This dominican museum has an incredible historical staging, with more than 25 situations in real size.

Taíno Park offers a trip to the past about 1,500 years ago.

A great lost civilization. The clash between two cultures, with the landing of Christopher Columbus.

Besides the amazing journey which has a duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes there is audio available in 5 languages​​, also a Taino art museum.

This museum exhibits over 200 pieces of materials such as clay, bone, stone and wood of the Taino culture and art are one of the masterpieces of mankind.

Taino Park is open daily from 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM

This museum is housed Los Róbalos at the Samaná Peninsula. In the center of the Bay. more

Cluster of Samana seeks to provide better services to tourists

The Cluster of
Samana is responsible for promoting tourism in the region and promote the care of natural resources available to this destino.

Tourism Cluster of Samana-CTS-proposed to the various tourism-related sectors to develop a common agenda to improve the quality of services and respond to the challenge posed by new investment and infrastructure works project this area as one of the major tourist destinations in the Caribbean.

Among the Cluster action plans include the establishment of an agricultural fair, a project to support the fishermen's cooperative in the area of Limon and cholera prevention program in collaboration with USAID / DSTA Cdct, Public Come Ahetsa .

Whitney Jensen, program officer for USAID, said the agency will continue to support programs that strengthen tourism in the region and contribute to improving the quality of life for its inhabitants. more


Dominican Jazz Festival 2011 in Puerto Plata

After four years of absence, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival returns to Sosua in the XV version, with the participation of leading national and international exponents of the genre and the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism.

The new version of the Jazz Festival is scheduled from 9 to 12 November. This festival will begin next Wednesday at 8 pm at Lookout Park Sosua with the participation of the chilean Puerto Varas Jazz Sexet and dominican Estephan Sabrina from "The divas of jazz."

On Thursday 10 at 10:30 am in the Amphitheater Hotel Casa Marina, workshops and seminars taught music to young people, in charge of the artistic grouping Puerto Varas Big Band, and 8:30 pm will be presentation of the group of young dominicans TEST-AT, and Ismael Miranda from Puerto Rico.

On Friday 11 the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival moves to Playa Cabarete, where it held during the day and evening seminars, workshops, conferences, and Youth in Jazz concert, and in the evening will be the performance of the dominican Xiomara Fortuna, Tutti Druyan from Israel and the cuban Gema Corredera.

On Saturday November 12th event continues the Cabarete beach from 9:00 pm to Basket Rando, Jerry Medina and La Banda de Puerto Rico.

The festival seeks to strengthen ties of art and culture of the region, which is why every year there are workshops, master classes and a series of concerts to encourage young people to study and develop their artistic talents.

Each year, the DR Jazz Festival invites students of the schools from Cabarete to Sosua, to participate in a musical workshop with internationally renowned teachers.

A sample of them are Marco Pignataro and Matt Marvuglia, the Berklee College of Music, Ramon Vazquez, the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, Giovanni Hidalgo, Dave Valentin, Yoron Israel and John Benitez.

Along with Sancassani, involved in organizing the show are: Ramon Vazquez, Jennifer Kirkman, Anahid Avakian, Vatche Avakian, Adolfo Faringthon, Dario Nicodemus, Alexandra Garcia, David and Maria Elena Grateraux Zineman.

The DR Jazz Festival is an artistic activity full of rhythm, flavor and color that each year is wrapped in the fragrant air of the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, Cabarete, Puerto Plata. It's a unique experience to have the opportunity to enjoy this festival. more