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June 6, 2006
  • Jack Nicklaus course opening in July
  • CNN focus on golf
  • Tall ships coming to the DR
  • Spirit prepares for hurricane season
Jack Nicklaus course opening in July
Abraham Hazoury, president of Cap Cana's parent company Grupo Abrisa, has announced the pre-opening to the public in July of the Jack Nicklaus first signature golf course in the Dominican Republic, Punta Espada. The company had earlier announced Nicklaus would be coming for the formal opening in October.
Punta Espada will be the first of three golf courses announced by Jack Nicklaus himself during the formal launch of the project in Santo Domingo in November 2001.
Hazoury explained that work on the project infrastructure has been completed. He explained that the company has had sales of US$500 million so far, and in 2006 achieved sales of US$15 million a month.
The company reports that CB Richard Ellis Group Inc. assessed the worth of the project at more than US$1 billion.
Hazoury also reports that this summer Cap Cana's first boutique hotel will be in operation, Caleton Village and Spa. Up till now, Cap Cana only had a handful of beach villas available for VIP guests. Next on the opening program for this year is the Cap Cana Marina, promising to be the most modern and complete in the Caribbean with berths for yachts of up to 150 feet. Also due for completion later this year is the Hotel Altabella Sanctuary Collection Golf & Spa. "This proves that 2006 an eventful year for Cap Cana as a world class tourism project," stated Hazoury.
CNN focus on golf
CNN in Spanish and Rolex focus on Casa de Campo's Teeth of the Dog and Dye Fore golf courses in a new series on golf, "Viviendo el Golf" that aired as of May 2006. The new CNN TV program is targeted at golf lovers and presents tourist destinations, international golfing personalities and the top Latin American players. Casa de Campo's golf courses were featured in the 6 June 2006 episode that first aired at 9:30 pm Eastern Time. Diego Bustos, who presents the show, featured the Dominican Republic as a prime golf destination. It featured interviews with Pepe Fanjul, Claudio Silvestri and Gilles Gagnon of Casa de Campo. The series includes special contributions from Henrique Lavie, the commissioner of the Tour de las Americas.
The Tour de las Americas is an organized golf tour for professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean. It expands on the former Caribbean Tour played in the late 70s and 80s and that served as battleground for golf stars such as Curtis Strange, Bernhard Langer, Sam Torrance, and Nick Faldo. Nick Faldo is back in the Caribbean, designing the new Rocoki Westin golf course in Macao, north of Punta Cana.
Tall ships coming to the DR
Americas' Sail, the Western Hemisphere's spectacular tall ship event, is coming to the Dominican Republic this month. Santo Domingo has been chosen as a port of call for the A-Class Race for the Americas' Sail Gold Trophy. A-Class ships are large schooners with more than three masts usually used for naval training.
Coming for the event is Brazil"s 249 foot Cisne Branco, champion of America's Sail. The 71 foot Wolf that is a replica of a pirate ship will be representing the United States. Both ships will be open for short tours.
Sail America 2006 will be making a stopover at the Port of Santo Domingo (Puerto Don Diego and Marina Bartolome Colon) with events planned for the Plaza Espana and Sans Souci Beach from 15 to 20 June. During a maritime festival planned for the occasion in Santo Domingo, the winning ship will receive the Americas Sail 2006 cup. From Santo Domingo, the ships will leave for Beaufort, North Carolina, for the Class B (smaller two mast ships) race will take place.
Sail America 2006 begins with a week long Fortaleza Sail Festival in Brazil (27 May-3 June). The Class A ships race to the Dominican Republic on 4 June with scheduled arrival in Santo Domingo on 15 June. A Parade of Sail has been scheduled as well as the Class A Trophy presentation of the Seamanship Trophy to the authorities of the city of Santo Domingo.
Americas' Sail started in 1988 as an ongoing opportunity for the western hemisphere to entertain the world at an event that encourages international sailing competition and promotes the brotherhood of the sea.
In the Dominican Republic, the event is organized by the Dominican Naval League with the support of the Association of Hotels of Santo Domingo, Sans Souci Ports, the Navy, City Government of Santo Domingo, and the Ministry of Tourism, among others.
For more information, contact Cesar Gil Hued at 809 481-2801 or email [email protected]
Spirit prepares for hurricane season
Spirit Airlines, the leading low fare carrier between the US and the Caribbean, reaffirms its 2006 Hurricane Buster Protection policy, and introduces this year's sale names along with its Spirit-Sale Scale, and provides a sale preparedness guide for its customers. The hurricane program enables customers to make changes to reservations without a change fee if there is a hurricane watch in effect for their origin or destination airport during hurricane season, 1 June through 15 November. The company also is announcing a Spirit-Sale Scale with round trip fare discounts based on the hurricane's intensity. A Category One Sale is US$101-US$299 each way. Category Two Sale: US$71-US$100 each way. Category Three Sale is US$30-US$70 each way. Category Four Sale: US$10-US$29 each way. Category Five Sale: US$9 and under each way. Fares must be booked with spiritair.com

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