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August 16, 2005
  • The British like the DR
  • Pre World Basketball Championship
  • PUCMM graduate named sustainable tourism specialist
  • Spas at Coral Hotels & Resorts
The British like the DR
The Association of British Travel agents (ABTA) members have cited Dominican Republic as being 'Hot for 2005' and reported a 9% growth in bookings for the island this year.
Frances Tuke, PR Manager, ABTA says "The Dominican Republic has been a fantastic introduction to the Caribbean for many, who would otherwise consider the region just too expensive. The all-inclusive packages in particular have been a massive hit for families who know they have to stick to a budget as everything is paid for upfront, but the destination also offers so much more for the British holidaymaker. Not only are there fantastic beaches and water sports on offer, but if you want to get away from the crowds, there is breathtaking scenery in the form of rainforests, mountains and waterfalls. The cities also offer a vibrant culture that has a Spanish colonial past."
ABTA also report a growth in luxury and designer holidays with the Caribbean continuing to be a popular destination. Dominican Republic native and Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has designed the Villas of Casa De Campo, one of the most luxurious resorts of the Caribbean, which is located in La Romana on the Dominican Republic's south coast. Its also a favorite with well known UK psychiatrist and broadcaster Dr Raj Persaud who recently (Sunday Times May 05) said that with "two small children we try to make everything as stress-free as possible, it's (Casa de Campo) not well known here but very popular with Americans which is a good thing - Americans demand a certain level of service".
The Caribbean attracts over three quarters of a million UK visitors a year. The top five Caribbean countries for UK visitors are Barbados, Dominican Republic, Cancun in Mexico, Jamaica, and Cuba.
See http://www.abtamembers.org/press/kit/trends.htm
Pre World Basketball Championship
The Dominican Republic will play in the Group B against Uruguay, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Argentina in the FIBA-Americas Championship scheduled for 24-28 August in Santo Domingo. Group A will be made up by Panama, US, Venezuela, Brazil and Canada. The teams are opting for the four slots in the World Games scheduled for 2006 in Japan. Argentina's participation has already been secured. The DR's Pre-World Championship Games schedule is: August 24: Uruguay vs. DR; August 26: DR vs Mexico, Aug. 27: Puerto Rico vs. DR; Aug. 28: DR vs. Argentina. The best four teams of each group will pass to the second round of the tournament.
PUCMM graduate named sustainable tourism specialist
Mareba Scott, a graduate of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) is the new Sustainable Tourism Product Specialist of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). Scott, who also studied at the University of West Indies, holds a Master of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management.
Scott has worked and conducted research in Bahamas, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and her native Trinidad and Tobago. Prior to accepting the appointment at CTO, she worked as a tourism advisor in the Ministry of Tourism in Trinidad & Tobago where she was responsible for sustainable tourism issues and tourism policy.
At CTO she will lead the agenda to develop and deliver an annual program of activities that seek to enhance the growth, quality, competitiveness and sustainability of the Caribbean tourism product. This includes helping to develop quality standards for Caribbean destinations and their tourism products and services; designing, delivering and/or coordinating training and development programs dealing with sustainable tourism and product development; helping to create a stronger link between the product development and marketing activities of the CTO and its member countries; and providing and/or facilitating technical advice/assistance on management issues related to product development and sustainable tourism matters to Ministries of Tourism, Boards of Tourism and other public and private sector tourism entities in the CTO member states.
Scott will work closely with Luis Chaves, the consultant for sustainable tourism policy development, to execute the sustainable tourism component of the European Union funded Caribbean Regional Sustainable Tourism Development Programme (CRSTDP).
Spas at Coral Hotels & Resorts
Spas at Coral Hotels & Resorts recently launched its own chain of spas in Coral by Hilton hotels in the Dominican Republic. A fourth spa will offer these services as of December in Juan Dolio. The new chain is branded as "inSense SPA & Salon" and services will be available at the Hamaca Coral by Hilton (Boca Chica), Canoa Coral by Hilton (Bayahibe) and Marien Coral by Hilton (Puerto Plata). A fourth spa will offer these services as of December at the Costa Caribe Coral by Hilton (Juan Dolio). At present inSense SPA & Salons offer a wide range of attractively-priced 19 massages, hair, facial and body treatments available seven days a week from 9 to 7 pm. InSense SPA & Salon uses only top of the line quality products of prestigious brands.
See http://dr1.com/directories/spa/insense_spa.shtml

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