September 7, 2004
  • Hans Dannenberg in Tourism
  • Jet skis banned at many beaches
  • Millionth tourist arrives in Punta Cana
  • Punta Cana polytechnical school
  • Antique hotel opens in colonial city
Hans Dannenberg in Tourism
President Leonel Fernandez appointed Hans Dannenberg, the former director of the Puerto Plata hotel association, as deputy minister of tourism (Decree 916-04). While the Toursim Ministry was under Subervi, Dannenberg assisted with marketing matters. He is now entrusted with touristic issues dealing with the south central region, that is ranging from Boca Chica to Azua and which includes the city of Santo Domingo. Dannenberg was also appointed as the government liaison with airlines and marine lines. He can be reached at the Tourism Ministry at Tel. 809 224-1660, Ext. 2211 or 4300. His direct email is [email protected]
Jet skis banned at many beaches
In a three-column, full-page announcement, the Ministry of Tourism prohibited the use of jet skis at most of the nationís beaches. The basic concern of the authorities is the safety of swimmers at the beaches. As a result, jet skis will not be permitted at Boca Chica, Playa Caribe, Guayacanes, Juan Dolio, Villa del Mar, La Romana, Isla Catalina, Bayahibe, Boca de Chavon, Dominicus, Isla Saona, all the hotel area from Punta Cana to Boca de Maimon, Macao, Punta Palmilla (Samana), Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island), Las Terrenas from Moron Beach to Cozon Beach, Matancitas and Gringo Beach, Caleton (Rio San Juan), Playa Grande, Breton Beach, El Caliche, Diamante, Magnate Beach, Cabarete, Sosua, Playa Dorada, Costambar, Cofresi, Long Beach, Poza del Castillo, (Puerto Plata), Luperon, El Morro, Estero Balsa,(Montecristi), Najayo Beach, Palenque, Monte Rio (Azua), Salinas de Bani, San Rafael, Los Patos (Barahona) and Bahia de las Aguilas (Pedernales). One paragraph of the announcement reads: ďContrary to the above prohibitions, jet skis will be permitted within the prescribed areas at the following places:
  • Playa La Caleta in La Romana, Playa de Bani and Playa Salinas, from Monday to Thursday, except on holidays.
  • Playa de Bani and Playa de Andres, Boca Chica from Club Nautico to the Port of Boca Chica.
  • Boca de Yuma and from Boca de Maimon to Sabana de la Mar.
  • from Sanchez to Arroyo Barril in Samana.
  • Monte Cristi Beach, Buen Hombre beach, and from Club Nautico to the naval station at Punta Rucia, except in front of the naval station and in front of the fishing station.
  • Maimon Beach in Puerto Plata, at one kilometer out from the beach on either side of the naval detachment post.
The ban measure will be in effect until the ministry can meet with the private sector to establish definite limits for the use of recreational water vehicles.
Millionth tourist arrives in Punta Cana
A passenger from Madrid, Spain became the one millionth traveller to come through Punta Cana International Airportís gates this year. In 2003, the airport reached the one-millionth mark for the first time in October. Punta Cana International Airport began operations in 1984 with two international flights a week, moving about 3,000 passengers in its first year. According to the airportís management, an average of 4,500 people arrive daily, or about 120,000 a month. For yearís end, the airport is expected to break the 1.4-million mark of arrivals, up from 1,291,964 arrivals in 2003. The Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) serves the 24 hotels located in the East Coast regions of Punta Cana, Bavaro, Cabeza de Toro, El Cortecito, Arena Gorda, Uvero Alto, and Macao. Around 22,000 hotel rooms exist in the area. The airport was expanded last year at a cost of US$10 million, including the construction of a new 2,800-square meter air-conditioned terminal.
Punta Cana polytechnical school
The Punta Cana Group and the Punta Cana Foundation announced the start of classes at the Anne & Ted Kheel Polytech in Punta Cana. The privately-run technical high school boasts a new building with four classrooms and capacity for 120 students, at a cost of RD$20 million. The school serves low-income students in the communities of Veron, Bavaro, Cortecito, Cabeza de Toro, Uvero Alto, Macao and Punta Cana. The director of social and community affairs of the Punta Cana Group, Paul Beswick, said there is still room for new students. According to him, students pay a minimal fee to enrol and access the many courses and facilities available, such as computers, physics, chemistry, biology labs, as well as basketball and volleyball courts, a cafeteria and parking area. The school is located at the Veron-Punta Cana crossing in front the Veron stadium.
Antique hotel opens in colonial city
An early 20th century hotel has reopened in the Colonial City. The Antiguo Hotel Europe originally operated from 1930-1965 as a traditional hotel, standing out for the exquisite detail and design of its balconies with the characteristic ironwork of the period. The new owners, represented by Spanish businessman Alberto Barrera, have invested RD$100 million in the remodeling, but seek to preserve the original architecture, including the lovely floorwork, considered to be the heritage of colonial architecture. The new, 52-room hotel blends the wonders of the old with the convenience of the new. Its lobby area features Internet facilities, meeting and conference rooms, a travel agency, and a sushi bar. The rooms are Internet ready, offer cable TV, air conditioning, and a safety box. The renowned balconies have also been preserved.
The hotelís La Terraza bar, with its view of the ruins of the San Francisco monastery (the first monastery of the New World), is under French chef Jean Pierre Jaubert and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spectacular sunset views are promised.
During the inauguration Manuel Castro, the president of Hotel Management Solutions which runs the hotel, said they seek to attract Caribbean, French and US tourists interested in culture-filled vacations. He said that in addition to the attraction of being located in the Colonial City near its 15th century monuments, the hotel also offers proximity to the great nightlife in the area. A US$65 introductory fee per room has been set. For more on the new hotel, see

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