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August 23, 2005
  • Horse Riding Competition at Casa de Campo
  • US passport requirement may be changed
  • Ocean World breaks record
  • Top notch marina for North Coast this Christmas
  • Huhn promoted to head AMResorts in DR
Horse Riding Competition at Casa de Campo
Leading Dominican young jumpers will participate in the 7th and 8th Official Competition of the National Show Jump Circuit of the Dominican Republic. The event will take place at the installations of the Casa de Campo Equestrian Center on Saturday, 27 August and Sunday, 28 August. The rounds for the 7th competition start at 8:30 am and maneuvers at 9 am on Saturday, 27 August. The 8th competition takes place on Sunday, 28 August with the same time schedule. Participating this year are competitors from several of the leading equestrian schools: Nitram, Las Marismas, Scuderia Ieromazzo, Feria Ganadera, Las Colinas, Seahorse Ranch and the host Equestrian Center. Categories: benjamins, juniors, young riders and open. Venezuelan judges are coming for the event. The event is sponsored by Central Romana Corporation, Costasur Dominicana, Costa Nursery, A Caballo TV, El Artistico, Bancalari y Asociados and Equivet. For more information, call 809 523-8171.
US passport requirement may be changed
US tourists traveling to Caribbean countries by air may not have to present their passports when re-entering the US until 31 December 2006. The new passport requirement is part of the Western Hemisphere Initiative section of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 that seeks to strengthen US border security.
The Caribbean tourism sector lobbied intensely in Washington, with the support of the also affected cruise ship industry, against the unfair measure that required passports for Caribbean-bound tourists at an earlier date than Mexico and Canada. Currently, US passport-bearers or green cardholders can travel to the Caribbean countries only presenting a birth certificate and photo ID such as a driver's license. More than one million US tourists visited the DR in 2004 and an increase is expected this year. Travel sources indicate that only about 20% of Americans have passports.
The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires that by 1 January 2008 all travelers to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada to have a passport or other secure, accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States. The US State Department has announced that the timeline for phasing in these requirements is being reviewed and will be published in the Federal Register as soon as it is finalized.
Ocean World breaks record
Ocean World Adventure Park broke its attendance record on Sunday, 14 August 14th, with 1,812 people. The make-up was about 1,200 Dominicans and 600 international visitors. The Merengazo fest in Cofresi and the long holiday weekend were big contributing factors. Stefan Meister, of Ocean World, says the park has been averaging 700 people per day since the end of June. He attributes the strong summer to the British market and the visits of many Dominicans from Santo Domingo and Santiago on the weekends.
Top notch marina for North Coast this Christmas
Ocean World Marina is slated for completion by the winter season. Stefan Meister, in charge of the project says that the dredging is finally finished and the installation of the concrete piers has started and is progressing well. The Dominican construction company, Fortuna, is actually moving ahead of schedule. Contracts have already been signed for the installation of electricity, telephone, satellite TV, wireless internet and voIP facilities for the marina. Ocean World Marina is featured in Superports Magazine's 2006 edition. The publication features the top 440 of the world's top superyacht marinas.
Meister says they expect a soft opening in time for Christmas. At that t ime only the fuel dock and section A of the marina will be open with basic services. A full opening is scheduled for July 2006.
The Ocean World Marina is located adjacent to the Ocean World Water Park.
Huhn promoted to head AMResorts in DR
The general manager of Secrets Excellence Punta Cana, Emilio Huhn has been promoted to regional director for AMResorts in the Dominican Republic. The company oversees the Secrets Resorts & Spas and Sunscape Resorts & Spas brands in the DR.
A native of Switzerland with over 25 years of international experience in the hospitality industry, Huhn worked in Switzerland and Spain tourism facilities prior to moving to Mexico. There he was food & beverage manager, operations manager and general manager at several hotels and the Xcaret Eco Theme Park.
Since 2003, he has served as general manager of Secrets Excellence Punta Cana for two years before his appointment as Regional Director of Operations for the Dominican Republic. He was at Secrets during the difficult moments of Hurricane Jeanne, when guests at the hotel had to be evacuated due to flooding.
He can be reached at [email protected]

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