December 21, 2004
  • Golf Tournament at Punta Cana Resort & Club
  • United to Punta Cana
  • Vying for the Las Vegas junketeers
  • Skateboarding in Cabarete
  • Toll booth single charge
Golf Tournament at Punta Cana Resort & Club
The Fourth Annual PB Dye Christmas Cup Invitational Golf Tournament is slated for the Punta Cana Resort & Club on December 28, 2004. The tournament is open to all and the rates are US$150 per player if staying at the Punta Cana Resort & Club and US$180 per if staying at other resorts in Punta Cana/Bavaro. A special rate of US$200 is also available for those staying at Casa de Campo, La Romana, which fee also includes transportation.
The prices quoted include greens fees, shared golf cart, practice balls, a drink and sandwich during the tournament and a cocktail during the awards ceremony. The deadline for registration is 26 December. For more information please contact Olivier Brizon, Director of Golf, at [email protected]
For reservations at the hotel, call 1-888-442-2262 or email [email protected] or see
United to Punta Cana
United has begun service to Punta Cana (PUJ) from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). The flights will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. The airline will employ an A-320 with capacity for 138 passengers.
Vying for the Las Vegas junketeers
The Bavaro Princess opened its mega-casino on Saturday, 11 December. Ernesto Veloz, the director of the Association of Hotels of the East, described the venue as one of the biggest casinos in the Caribbean in an interview with El Caribe. The casino will be operated by Tower, the company that is building a second casino at Hotel Ocean Blue in Bavaro that is due to open in the spring. Horacio Santoianni, Tower’s spokesman, said they plan to build more in the Uvero Alto-Bayahibe hotel areas. He said the casinos are appealing to those gamblers who now visit Las Vegas less frequently due to restrictions in the US after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Santoianni said they hope to attract players who can spend US$10,000 in one night. El Caribe reports that Tower’s first casino in the DR was at the Napolitano Hotel in Santo Domingo, of which property he was the manager for a year, prior to its sale to a French group. It wasn’t long before they realized that prospects for profit were better in Bavaro.
“We want to turn Punta Cana into a place like Las Vegas, and we are betting on that,” he said.
For reservations at Bavaro Princess, see
Skateboarding in Cabarete
Skateboarding has been added to the sports of kiteboarding, windsurfing, sailing and surfing as those that attract active tourists to Cabarete, Puerto Plata. Boarders from Santo Domingo were on hand for the exhibition that marked the weekend inauguration of the vet skateramp, which was described in the DR1 Forums as “the first underground ramp built in the world.” The official launch of the skateboard facility in Cabarete is slated for 5 March, when a tournament will be held at Extreme Hotel. As reported in the Listin Diario, the ramp was designed by Austrian Hans Peters Hutter. It was built by two Germans who reside in Cabarete, Helmut Ludwig and Bernard Tietz. National skateboarding champion Ivan Marona, who himself is building a world-class skating facility on the outskirts of Santo Domingo (see http://www., commented that the Puerto Plata ramp would be a major plus and expressed his appreciation for the investment on the North Coast.
“I believe that this ramp is going to contribute to the increase of tourism in the Dominican Republic. Sports tourism, and extreme sports in particular, are gaining attention in the North Coast, especially in Cabarete,” said Bill Lee, the owner of the Extreme Hotel.
Toll booth single charge
As of this weekend, the Ministry of Public Works is charging tolls to those making their way out of Santo Domingo. The plan is to decongest the highways and allow a freer flow of traffic. Travelers using the eastbound Las Americas, the northbound Duarte Highway and the westbound 6 de Noviembre will now pay RD$30 in one shot. Upon returning to the city, the toll gates will be open. The same rates will apply for all vehicles. The toll went into effect on Sunday, catching many drivers unawares and causing considerable traffic jams. Drivers need to wait five seconds, up from two seconds in the past, for the traffic bar to lift once the six coins (RD$5 x 6) are thrown in the bin.

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