August 24, 2004
  • De Marchena to preside Asonahores
  • Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada
  • Competitiveness index
  • Horsing around at Casa
  • Summer tennis
De Marchena to preside Asonahores
The National Association of Hotels and Restaurants (Asonahores) elected Enrique E. de Marchena Kaluche as president for the period September 2004-2006. De Marchena is also a past president of Asonahoresí National Council of Promotion. A lawyer by profession, he is a current board member of the EMI Resorts that operates Sun Village in Puerto Plata.
Others on the board are Ventura Serra, Simon Suarez, Luis Lopez, Juan Llinas, Paola Rainieri, Julio Llibre, Luis Jose Cabral, Omar Estevez, Victor Cabral, Felix Felipe, Salvador Bolanos, and Arturo Villanueva.
Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada
Viva Wyndham Resorts hotel chain announced the January 2005 opening of its Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada. The chain has taken over the former Heavens hotel in Playa Dorada and is completely redoing it into a 204-room resort that will include 120 junior suites. The hotel is being given a Caribbean look.
This will be the chainís fourth hotel in the Dominican Republic. Viva Wyndham also operates the Viva Wyndham Resort in Cabarete, as well as the Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace and Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach in the Bayahibe area. The chain also operates two other hotels in Mexico at Playacar and the Rivera Maya, and the Fortuna Beach in Bahamas.
Competitiveness index
The Dominican Republic has ranked well in the 2004 Competitiveness Monitor of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The DR scored average indexes in all categories except technology, where it fell below average. The comparative overview of the extent to which over 200 countries offer a competitive framework for the development of tourism analyzes eight areas of competitiveness. The DR is rated as the most competitive country price-wise, and besting the United States, Mexico and Jamaica in regards to environment.
Comparative Ranking Overview of DR and its Tourism Competitors
  Price Competitiveness Index Human Tourism Index Infrastructure Index Environment Index Technology Index Human Resources Index Openness Index Social Index
Mexico 50.4 18.9 52.5 47.9 66.2 58.8 68.4 59.8
Cuba NA NA 64.9 NA 11.4 NA NA 35.1
USA 24.3 22.5 80.7 38.8 100 96.7 66.2 96.7
Canada 40.5 56.5 85.2 61.6 100 96.7 72 90.9
DR 68.5 64.9 47.0 49.5 35.4 48.6 41.8 55.4
Jamaica 58.2 ND 53.3 22.5 41.4 46.7 52.8 54.4
Horsing around at Casa
For those who enjoy horses, the Equestrian Center of Casa de Campo will be hosting the 9th and 10th Official Jumping Grand Prix AZIMUT-IBI this weekend. There will be prizes for best riders in the categories of 1.10 meters, 1.20 meters, 1.30 meters and 1.40 meters and best overall points. Over 100 equestrians from the countryís best clubs, including Las Colinas, Nitram, Las Marismas, Feria Ganadera, Scuderia Ieromazzo, and the host club, Casa de Campo, will participate. Inversiones Bastillas Internacional (IBI) is sponsoring the event, in conjunction with Central Romana Corporation, Costasur Dominicana, El Artistico, Ferreteria Popular, Costa Nursery, Seguros Bancalari, and Equivet.
Amelie Serrano from Panama and Cesar Hirsch from Venezuela will be the judges of the event. For more information and to register, contact the Equestrian Club of Casa de Campo at Tel. 809 523-3333 and 809 523-8951, by email [email protected] or visit
Summer tennis
The XXVII International Tennis Tournament Casa de Campo Cup (previously known as the Copa Siboney) will be held this year from 2-5 September in Casa de Campoís La Terraza tennis center. Players have registered from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Columbia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Aruba, St. Croix, Guatemala, Bonaire, Argentina, Spain and the United States, in addition to the host country. For the event, Casa de Campo is preparing its traditional tennis package so that the entire family can join the competitors. On the program is a dinner-show with live orchestra performance. La Terraza Tennis Center is a 12-acre facility with 13 private, fast-dry Har-Tru-courts, of which 10 are lit for evening play, a quality pro-shop, swimming pool, snack bar and a beautiful spectator's deck.
For more information, and to register, contact the offices of the Tennis Center at La Terraza, Tel. 809) 523-3333, ext. 5939 and 5940, or 1-800-877-3643, email [email protected]. Or visit the Casa de Campo web site at

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