October 5, 2004
  • Go-ahead for Sans Souci/Malecon projects
  • More British tourists to come
  • Gold for Secrets and Sunscape in DR
  • CBS highlights Casa de Campo as No. 1 Family Travel Spot
  • CHA press conference
  • Felix Jimenez in France
Go-ahead for Sans Souci/Malecon projects
President Leonel Fernandez granted a power of attorney to Public Works Minister Freddy Perez to discuss and approve the implementation of a mega-port tourism complex for the Sans Souci, the Eugenio Maria de Hostos park and the tourist terminal at Don Diego. The plans call for the construction of residential real estate, a marina, a yacht club, and duty-free shopping areas, with an investment of US$300 million. Companies favored with 10-year contracts or concessions, whose terms may be extended to 40 years, are Guayacanes SA, Diconfo, C por A, Olcox, C por A and Condico SA. In its report on the presidential instruction, the Listin Diario says that the names of the executives of the companies are not divulged in the power of attorney. The newspaper says that the mega-project was described as one that would integrate the existing infrastructure in the colonial city.
It also calls for the construction of two hotels, a convention center and residential complex in the Sans Souci naval port area.
More British tourists to come
While participating in a tour of ambassadors organized by the Association of Playa Dorada hotels over the weekend, British Ambassador Andy Ashcroft forecast that UK tourists to the DR should increase 15-20% this year, thereby exceeding 200,000 visitors. As reported in the Listin Diario, Ashcroft said that in 2003, some 170,000 tourists had visited the country. He spoke of a renewed interest in the UK for DR vacations. Ashcroft says that the North Coast has been a favorite destination for the British tourist and that some 100,000 British tourists arrived via the Puerto Plata international airport. “Puerto Plata marked the start of British tourism in the country and is a tourism destination that is always attractive for British nationals,” he said when interviewed. According to him, the growth in the flow of British tourism has been achieved without much advertising, leading him to believe that with an adequate advertising campaign the number of visitors could double.
Gold for Secrets and Sunscape in DR
For the second consecutive year, Apple Vacations, a leading United States tour operator, recognized the Secrets Excellence Punta Cana and Sunscape Punta Cana Grand with its Golden Apple Award. Out of over 500 hotels that form part of the Apple Vacations program, these resorts are but a handful of quality properties that to earn this honor, according to a 4 October 2004 release from AM Resorts, the operator of 11 resorts in the DR and Mexico under the Secrets Resorts & Spas, Dreams Resorts & Spas and Sunscape Resorts and Spas brand. The award means that the resorts provide above average service and facilities.
Additionally, Secrets Excellence Punta Cana received the Best Staff and Service Crystal Award.
CBS highlights Casa de Campo as No. 1 Family Travel Spot
Laura Bagley, the editor of Travel & Leisure magazine, appeared on the CBS Morning Show on Saturday, 2 October to promote the publication’s new Fall edition of a Family Travel magazine. The magazine ranked their readers’ favorite family destinations around the world and gave top honors to the Caribbean’s Casa de Campo in La Romana, DR. "It's super luxurious, but not too expensive and it is the all-in-one vacation. This place is unique in that it has not one, but 4 different kids programs including one for toddlers, tweens and teens!" said Bagley.
Below is a link to the CBS morning show citing Casa de Campo.
CHA press conference
The Dominican Republic successfully participated in the Caribbean Tourism Organization and Caribbean Hotel Association press conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel to present the status of the Caribbean following the August and September tropical storms.
Deputy Tourism Minister Luis Simo and marketing director for the National Hotel Association (Asonahores) represented the country.
Asonahores distributed several press releases on how Hurricane Jeanne affected the Dominican Republic and how the country has been recovering since. Likewise, a press release on the updates provided by DR1 was distributed to the travel press that attended the event.
For updates on the industry, see http://www.dr1.com/travelnews/status.shtml
Felix Jimenez in France
Tourism Minister Felix Jimenez was recently in France to participate in the Top Resa tourism trade show, where he met with several leading French tour operators and industry leaders to discuss the characteristics of the French traveler. Among those with whom he met were Jean Marc Siano, the director general of TUI France and Nouvelle Frontiere, and Jean Robert Reznik of Accor Loisir & Vacances group. Jimenez agreed to develop a joint plan to promote the DR in France over the next three years.
The tourism minister also presented new projects and plans for tourism investment in the country and expressed his interest in promoting the DR as a product that goes beyond “sun and beach,” highlighting the cultural, historical, musical, gastronomic and natural resources that make the Dominican Republic “the most complete destination in the Caribbean.”
The representatives reviewed the development of the French market and explained the need to direct the ministry’s efforts to attract the higher-spending segments of the market, as well as to specialize communication concentrating on different market niches.

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