May 24, 2005
  • DR gets two in Golf Digest list
  • USA 3000 Punta Cana airplane
  • The beautiful Zoe Saldaña
  • Mariasela nightly on TV in Spain
  • Casa Colonial, the find of 2005
  • Ban on motorized transit on beaches
DR gets two in Golf Digest list
Five Dominican golf courses were ranked among the top 100 golf courses outside the United States by Golf Digest magazine. Casa de Campo’s Teeth of the Dog is ranked in 17th place. Playa Dorada in the Playa Dorada hotel complex of Puerto Plata is included for the first time in 53rd place. Golf Digest also features five courses amongst the best courses in the DR in its listing on 184 countries. These are Casa de Campo’s Teeth of the Dog and the new Dye Fore in La Romana on the Southeast Coast, Playa Dorada and Playa Grande on the North Coast and Punta Cana Resort & Club along the East Coast.
USA 3000 Punta Cana airplane
USA 3000, the charter airline that transported 62% of all charter passengers arriving to Punta Cana International Airport, has named one of its airplanes the Punta Cana in honor of the popular destination. In April, the Ministry of Tourism recognized the airline with an award during the National Tourism Awards ceremony. Last year the airline made 1,350 flights to the country, of which 1,150 landed in Punta Cana. In 2003, it flew 1,150 flights, and 1,100 of these to Punta Cana. At present USA 3000 operates 23 flights a week to the country, of which 22 land in Punta Cana and one in La Romana. USA 3000 is the airline division of Apple Vacations, one of the largest tour operators in the US.
The beautiful Zoe Saldaña
26-year old Zoe Saldaña was chosen among the 50 most beautiful Latin American women by People en Español magazine. Saldaña was born in New Jersey to Dominican parents. At 10, shortly after her father had died in a traffic accident, she moved to the DR until she was 17. In Santo Domingo she got her first training in dance at the Ritmos (Ecos) dance school, where she studied with Dilia Mieses.
She returned to New York where she took theater training that lead to her present successful career.
Zoe Saldaña first gained the attention of Hollywood when staring as an aspiring ballerina in Center Stage, followed by Get Over it, Cross Roads, Drum Line, The Terminal. Her recent film Quess Who is showing in Santo Domingo. In the film she costars as Bernie Mac’s daughter and Aston Kutcher’s fiancée in the comedy turnabout on the 1967 interracial drama “Quess Who’s Coming to Dinner” with Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn that back then won two Oscars. Her TV work includes guest-starring spots on the WB’s Keeping it Real and NBC’s Emmy-winning drama, Law and Order. She has under production Lucy, Ways of the Flesh, La Maldicion del Padre Cardona (filmed in the DR), all for release in 2005.
In an interview with the Boston Globe, she recently explained that her physical attributes enable her to realistically play someone Arab, Indian, Filipino, black or Latina.
Mariasela nightly on TV in Spain
The Dominican Republic’s Miss World 1982, Mariasela Alvarez will return to TV.
After winning awards in the DR for her long-running TV variety show, she relocated to Madrid with her Spanish husband, well known hotelier Alberto Del Pino.
She announced to the Dominican media last week that as of October she will be back with a 10:30 pm one hour show, “Esta noche, Mariasela,” producing for Popular TV, a UHF channel property of COPE, the second largest radio broadcast station in Spain. “When I left Santo Domingo I said that I would return to work in a year, and it looks like it will be that way after all, because the doors have been opened for me to enter a channel that transmits programs along the lines that I like, with messages of interest to the entire family and good products,” she said. She said she is looking forward to a career with Spanish TV.
Casa Colonial, the find of 2005
Conde Nast, the leading US travel publishing company, annually checks out a selection of new hotels and prepares its annual hot list. To prepare the list their reporters visit the pre-selected hotels “incognito, accepting no freebies and showing no favor”. They score the hotel on its look, location and service. This year the magazine’s reporters checked out a record 116 properties—spanning 38 countries on six continents— that they feel reflect “the global triumph of thrilling authenticity over the dulling, dutiful comforts of the cookie cutter.” This year, Playa Dorada’s brand new Casa Colonial was included in the five Caribbean properties. For the complete list, see
For more on the hotel, see
Ban on motorized transit on beaches
The Ministry of Tourism issued Resolution No. 68/2005 that specifically bans the operation of “four wheels (quads), jeeps safaris, golf cars, among others” in the area of 60 meters of the maritime stretch before the hotels and the beach.
Arturo Villanueva, executive vice president of the National Hotel & Restaurant Association (Asonahores) saluted the decision as a positive step to guarantee the physical safety of those who flock to the beaches for rest and relaxation.
He suggested that horseback riding also be banned from the beach areas.

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