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Dominican Hotels are Cholera free

The Dominican hotel industry said Tuesday that it has established health measures to prevent the spread of cholera, after two European tourists and four Chilean infected by the disease in the resort of Punta Cana

The president of the National Association of Hotels and Restaurants (Asonahores) Julio Llibre, acknowledged that "unfortunately we have to learn to live" with cholera and dengue, malaria and leptospirosis.

According to statistics from the health ministry, to July 22 had died from cholera and 87 people were confirmed 2,000 cases of 13 200 patients suspected of having the disease.

Llibre considered, however, as "isolated" cases of cholera infected foreign tourists in the resorts of the Dominican Republic and Punta Cana and Casa de Campo, where in January about 300 Venezuelan tourists and other countries contracted the disease during a wedding.

The Centers for Disease Control and the European Union (ECDC, its acronym in English) issued on 22 July on its website a warning of possible cholera infections when traveling to the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The institution explained that a tourist from the UK and one of Germany had contracted cholera while staying at a hotel in Punta Cana, 200 kilometers east of Santo Domingo.

ECDC's warning occurs in parallel to confirmation by the Chilean Ministry of Health that four tourists from that country last week contracted cholera during their stay in Punta Cana

The Ministry of Health of the Dominican Republic insisted he had not received any official information from contagion by the government of Chile or of the ECDC, in Europe, so he did not know details and the names of the hotels. more


Airway Tourists increase 3.6% in Dominican Republic

Tourist arrivals by air to the Dominican Republic during the first half of 2011 grew 3.6% over the same time last year, according to the latest statistics released by the Central Bank.

In June last arrived in the country 2.3 million non-resident travelers for various airports across the country, recording the arrival of additional tourists 80.432.

To the Dominican Republic arrived 2 million foreign residents, "as a result of promotional campaigns by the Ministry of Tourism and the private sector."

Most arrival came from South America (47.69%), Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru, followed by North America due to the growth of the U.S. market, contributing additional tourists 29.895.

They are followed in Asia and elsewhere, the Caribbean and Central America and finally Europe, which recorded decreases. more


Travel to Punta Cana from Colombia

Trade and tourism relations between the Dominican Republic and Colombia are strengthened, this time with the opening of direct flights between Punta Cana and Bogota made by the airline Avianca and Taca.

This seeks to increase the number of tourists and Colombians who are interested in this country, rising to the 30,000 visitors in 2009, according to information from the Colombian government.

Every Wednesday and Saturday flights will depart from the Colombian capital at 1:00 pm and arrive at the tourist center at 5:25 pm.

The inaugural flight took place on Wednesday, from Bogota to Punta Cana, followed by a ceremony in which executives were Consorcio Avianca and Punta Cana

This first trip surpassed expectations, as it had a plane with 120 passengers, however, had to be replaced by one with capacity for over 145 people. This new flight frequency joins the four existing between Bogota and Santo Domingo, operated by Avianca.

"This flight is extremely important for the region of Punta Cana and Bavaro. We must remember that South America is rapidly becoming an area of ​​great importance for tourism, "said the chairman of Grupo Punta Cana, Frank Rainieri. more


Caliente Caribe Resort (Nude Beaches)

Known as an oasis of tranquility of the Caribbean and located in Playa Grande, the northern coast of the Dominican Republic is located the Caliente Caribe Resort, amidst a large garden with palm trees and over a cliff with two beaches, approximately 90 minutes from the Puerto Plata airport.

Visitors can enjoy the nudity in all its possibilities: live beautiful nude beaches, nude snorkeling and diving lessons and dives organized by the Caliente Caribe Resort (beach diving takes place outside the hotel).

Ask bare their drinks at the bar in the pool hall Eve, nude in the Appletree eat-in or make purchases at the store naked.

Enjoy the beach life everywhere. Guests may at first be partially clothed, until they are accustomed to the freedom of Caliente Caribe Resort.

Caribe Resort in a beach hotel for singles and couples. Please note that you must be over 21 years to be accepted by the hotel.

Caliente Caribe Resort Highlights:

Beach volleyball and Waterpolo.
Billiards and table games.
Beach towels in the rooms.
Bidet in some villas.
External shower in some villas.
Telephone at reception.
Kingsize beds and rooms with Queensize.
Balcony or terrace with sea views.
Daily room arrangement.
The hotel has a private electricity generator
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Boutique Hotels in Dominican Republic

"Boutique" is a French word that is associated with the small luxury retailer focused on fashion and jewelry. When applied to a hotel, the idea is "to make guests feel as if at home, surrounded by luxury and tasteful details." When analyzing its features, the three things that define the boutique hotel are the size, its charm and individual attention.

As for size, these hotels rarely exceed the 100 rooms. Most have less than 50. Being small can call you by name each host and manage their needs. It also leads to intimacy and even greater ease. The giants of hundreds of rooms are much more impersonal.

While the boutique does not tend to be part of hotel chains, there are brands that specialize in marketing. Small Luxury Hotels and Leading Hotels of the World are the best known. Belonging to them is a hallmark for easy marketing.

But the smallness itself is not the charm. Boutique hotels are distinguished because they have a design and decor which pays particular attention to detail.

Almost always
higher standard and luxury, the elegant boutique facilities available and some are themed design.

The strongest of these hotels is the service impeccable without being obsequious or intrusive.

Management strives to know the preferences of its guests and to answer your needs.
And employees pursuing a personal relationship with the host. In the big hotels it is virtually impossible.

For the small size allows them to be profitable, boutique rates tend to be high. In more than a dozen of these hotels and the country has, the rates range from $ 130 per person per day to $ 4,500, depending on season and room type. The regime is never "all inclusive".

In the Dominican Republic the first boutique was hotel Casa Colonial Beach & Spa Puerto Plata (

With 50 rooms and rated by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the most beautiful in the world, this hotel has, paradoxically, the environment, mass tourism of Playa Dorada.

But it is reported that so far remains an acceptable occupancy and profitability.

On the north coast run for at least another 5 of these hotels. In Sosua operates the Natura Cabana Hotel & Spa (, a small complex of ten cottages with harmonized design by Fen Shui.

On the beach of Las Galeras (Samana) operates the Villa Serena (, a haven of tranquility and good taste of 21 rooms. And recently opened the elegant Hotel Puerto Bahía Bannister (Samaná) with 48 rooms.

But the crown jewel in Samana is none other than the Peninsula House (, a shelter of only six rooms is the most expensive of all. Not affiliated with the famous chain of the same name, but is placed in the five stars. Another sold as boutique in Las Terrenas is the Hotel La Tortuga (http / / more


Dominican Women

Dominican women have a particularly heterogeneous reality, rooted in the specific form taken by the mixing after Columbus' arrival to the island of Spanish in 1492 and the massive importation of African slaves and slave as in the sixteenth and XVII.

These differences of race join the class in the context of widespread poverty.

Historically, collective action of women has been limited by invasions, dictatorships, revolutions and authoritarian governments that the country has suffered since independence.

This is how the struggle for women's suffrage, which was an important organization, the Feminist Action Dominican, was under the dictatorship of Trujillo, without obtaining it in 1942, meant full citizenship.

The State has developed for years patronage practices against women, especially urban and rural poor, creating mechanisms of cooptation that have greatly hindered the development of specific claims.

However, since the 70's as part of the activities of the United Nations Decade for Women, there have been groups and organizations from different sides, have shaped a social movement.

The prolonged economic crisis and its aftermath of poverty has given many women's organizations a peculiar sensitivity to the pressing social problems of the urban poor and rural areas, a challenge to incorporate gender-specific claims.

The participation of women in the workplace has also grown considerably, according to all available sources. It is estimated that at the beginning of the nineties, about 40% of the national workforce are women, a proportion that has increased continuously.

Another important transformations in terms of increasing the educational level of the Dominicans. It is true that they still suffer significant educational deficiencies, especially in rural areas, but average figures achieved and surpassed men in the last two decades: in 1991 the proportion of people who had high school and college was higher in the female population in the male.

They have also improved their health since the middle of this century, but given the extremely poor that these conditions were then, today presented considerable difficulties, which worsened in many respects to the severe economic crisis that hit the country during the eighties. more


Dominican Republic is a safe place for vacations

The vice president of the National Association of Hotels and Restaurants (Asonahores), Arturo Villanueva, said the warning made by the Minister of Health of Puerto Rico, Lorenzo González Feliciano, for Puerto Ricans do not visit places where cholera cases will not affect Dominican tourism, because in this country has recognized the problem and the authorities have taken appropriate measures to cope with the disease.

He said that the different tourist areas of the Dominican Republic plays a prevention protocol recognized by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to prevent the disease to become the country's hotels.

"As the proverb says Dominican Minister of Health of Puerto Rico that is doing is healing in health," Villanueva said after referring to the Dominican authorities have already informed the various international agencies in this country there is anger, but that does not mean they do not have control of the disease.

He explained that both the Dominican Republic, as elsewhere in the world there are other diseases that have caused more deaths than that caused cholera, without any warning whatsoever.

He said Mayor Mayaguez recently been asked to be a complementary destination between Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, he understands that Gonzalez's statements mean "an excess of jealousy," to fulfill a calling as a health authority of that island . more