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August 2, 2005
  • Delta to fly to Punta Cana
  • Piņero group bets on Samana
  • Small Hotels Workshop
  • Good year for Sosua and Cabarete
  • Mega Dominican baseball players
  • Small hotels on DR1
Delta to fly to Punta Cana
Delta is accepting bookings for its new Atlanta-Punta Cana flight scheduled to start Saturday, 19 November. This would be the first direct scheduled flight from Atlanta to the Dominican Republic. Delta already flies to Santo Domingo and Santiago from John F. Kennedy International in New York.
The airline would be using a 738 aircraft for the daily Punta Cana-Atlanta flight. The flight (DL 1049) would depart Atlanta at 9:50 am arriving to Punta Cana at 2:20 pm daily. The return flight would leave Punta Cana at 3:30 and arrive in Atlanta at 6:20 pm. The flight is showing a US$728 fare with all taxes and government fees included.
The flight is subject to government approval.
The flight comes in time for the winter season traffic. Punta Cana this summer was the sixth most popular international destination with the US travelers, according to a survey carried out by the American Society of Travel Agents.
DR1 sources also indicate that United has applied for permission to fly to Punta Cana effective early December and Continental will be starting Houston-Punta Cana this December, too.
For more breaking news on new flights to the DR, check in with the DR1 Airline Forum at http://dr1.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=26
Piņero group bets on Samana
The Grupo Piņero that operates the Gran Bahia Principe San Juan (Playa Grande) in the North Coast, the Gran Bahia Punta Cana and Gran Bahia Bavaro in the East Coast, announced it is taking on the Occidental Gran Bahia located in Samana, on the Northeast Coast. The 110-hotel was operated by Occidental Hotels & Resorts.
Piņero had recently announced it had reached an agreement with the government for the operation of the Hotel Cayacoa and the Cayo Levantado. The company will be upgrading the hotels to cater to an upscale market in Samana.
Small Hotels Workshop
The Caribbean Hotel Association, in coordination with the Association of Hotels & Restaurants of Sosua and Cabarete, will be hosting a workshop for small hotels on 29-30 September at the Breezes Hotel in Puerto Plata. The workshop is open to all small hotel owners in the Dominican Republic. For more information, call 809 571 3904 or e-mail: [email protected]
Good year for Sosua and Cabarete
Xiomara Desimone, executive director of the Association of Hotels & Restaurants of Sosua and Cabarete, reports that while 2004 was a very good year for area hotels, 2005 will be even better. She points out that hotel occupancy ranged from a minimum 71.16% to a max of 93.09% with an annual average of 80.87% in 2004.
So far this year, the Association is reporting average occupancy of 87.37%. She points out that occupancy increases have been consistent so far. “This means that we are achieving our main goal of repositioning the area of Sosua and Cabarete both at a national and international level.”
Desimone expects that the repaving of the Maimon-Rio San Juan highway will contribute to record arrivals in 2005.
Mega Dominican baseball players
This year at least 100 Dominicans will enter the exclusive 100 RBI club. These are Manny Ramirez (92), David Ortiz (87), Alex Rodriguez (80), Albert Pujols (78), Aramis Ramirez (73), Alfonso Soriano (68), Miguel Tejada (66), Vladimir Guerrero (62), Juan Encarnacion (60), Pedro Feliz (60) and Jose Guillen (54) so far this season.
A report in the Listin Diario points out that of 16 players that have more than 70 runs batted in, five are from the DR.
For Manny Ramirez, this would be his eighth season batting 100 or more. He is out to bat in 120 runs this year, which would make it his 6th season batting in so many runs. The case of Alex Rodriguez is similar to that of Manny Ramirez. Alex Rodriguez, with 712 runs batted in, leads all active players in the past six years.
Meanwhile, Sammy Sosa batted his 586th homerun on Tuesday, 26 July. He is tied with Frank Robinson in the 5th place of the best sluggers in the history of Major League Baseball.
Small hotels on DR1
The Internet is an excellent resource for those interested in contacting small hotels in the Dominican Republic. Many of these are located in areas that offer attractive dining and adventure tourism attractions for all day excursions outside of the hotel of choice. The DR1 selection of small hotels is growing every week and more and more hotels are signing up to showcase their services to the world market.
See http://dr1.com/directories/index.shtml
Small hotels interested in participating in the program, can write to Evelyn Paiewonsky at [email protected]

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