May 10, 2005
  • Best in track coming for IAAF meet
  • Ventura wins national grand prize
  • Funding for Samana airport
  • Casa Campo makes tennis top list
  • Miss DR gets attention
Best in track coming for IAAF meet
Cap Cana is inviting to the Saturday, 14 May opening of its Playa Caleton Beach Club, right off one of Cap Cana’s loveliest white sand beach enclaves, fronting the legendary “palapa” restaurant and lounge, from where dreams were promised and gradually are becoming reality for the hundreds of first buyers. Ricardo Hazoury, president of the board and Victor Cabral, chief executive officer of the project will be hosting guests for the first inauguration at Cap Cana and the release of new real estate sections in the project. In addition to the beach club, those attending will have the opportunity to see the major investments already made in infrastructure (roads, utilities), the almost completed Villas Caleton beach houses that will be available for rental and the marina apartments sold to the founders, plus advances on the first phase of the inland marina, with its 118 slots. All these are framed by the first Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in the Dominican Republic, the Punta Espada, first of three slated for the project. Ten of the 18 holes have already been planted and border where the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean meet. Cap Cana is a 25 square million, with 5 kilometers of white sand beachfront luxury vacation development located ten minutes from Punta Cana International Airport.
Ventura wins national grand prize
Puerto Plata walked off with the grand award and the hotelier of the year award during last week’s Annual Tourism Award ceremony. The president of the Playa Dorada Association in Puerto Plata, and chief executive officer of Occidental Hotels in the Dominican Republic, Ventura Serra was awarded the Grand Tourism Prize during last week’s Annual Tourism Awards event. Maria Jose Berbel, general manager of the Iberostar Costa Dorada in Puerto Plata, was named hotelier of the year. The Ministry of Tourism organizes the event every year, and tourism associations contribute to the election of the most outstanding in each field during the previous year.
Winners this year were:
Grand Tourism Prize 2004: Ventura Serra
Tour operator of 2004: Luis J. Vidal
Receptive tour operator of 2004: Andres Fernandez
Travel agent 2004: Maria Viera
Customs inspector 2004: Juan Polanco
Migration inspector 2004: Daysi Milagros Urelio
Tourism Policeman 2004: Navy Captain Samuel Jimenez
Tour guide 2004: Carolina Medina
Hotelier 2004: Maria Jose Berbel
Restauranteurs 2004: Ricardo and Eduardo Brea
Chef of 2004: Oscar Orbe
Bartender 2004: Hugo Martin Acosta
Travel writer 2004: Arelis Pena Brito
Transported most pax to Las Americas, Cibao, Puerto Plata airports: American Airlines
Transported most pax to Casa de Campo: Corsair
Transported most pax to Punta Cana: USA 3000
Funding for Samana airport
The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, and Export Development Canada announced they are providing US$100 million in long-term financing to Aerodom to support a US$265 million investment program to build and upgrade airports under Aerodom’s management. According to IFC, the funds will be used to renovate and expand existing terminal buildings, runways, and aircraft parking areas, construct new terminals, install new security, baggage handling and other equipment, as well as complete construction of the Samana International Airport midway between Nagua and Samana at El Catey.
The construction of the new Samana Airport in particular, is expected to help attract investment to the area and support the development of a new and attractive tourist destination, according to the IFC release announcing the funding.
Casa Campo makes tennis top list
Casa de Campo’s tennis facilities were included in the list of top 75 tennis resorts. The web site requests that visitors fill out a review form and the results are compiled to prepare the top 100 tennis resorts and camps lists. These are released annually in May. Casa de Campo was ranked among the top 25-50 resorts by the website’s readers.
Miss DR gets attention
The Dominican candidate to the Miss Universe beauty contest taking place in Bangkok, Thailand. Renata Sone is leading the web site Missology panel. The 6-foot tall Dominican is one of the hot picks to win the contest. In 2003, Amelia Vega won the pageant held in Panama. The final will be on 31 May.

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