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June 13, 2006
  • Ann Layton gets DR PR account
  • Santo Domingo Marathon
  • Tall ships coming to the DR
  • Hilary Magazine on Villa Castellamonte
Ann Layton gets DR PR account
The Ministry of Tourism has announced the appointment of a new public relations and advertising company for the Canadian market. Siren Communications, represented by Ann Layton, now has the DR account.
Layton was introduced during a dinner organized by the Dominican Republic Tourism Office. Some 75 media, including the Journal de Montreal, Metro, La Presse, Le Soleil, were present at the event. Susana Rosa, director of the Montreal tourism office, and her assistant Viocary Feliz, were the hosts for the event. Abdalah Castillo, director of the Toronto Dominican Republic Tourist Office also hosted the press.
Formerly the vice president for public affairs and communications for the leading Canadian hotel companies, Fairmont and Canadian Pacific, Layton has made a name for herself as an expert on sustainable tourism development and green partnership programs.
A strong believer in private/public sector cooperation, Layton was the first-ever Chair of the Media Relations Committee (Americas) for the Canadian Tourism Committee. She has worked with the Communications Committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in London and is an advocate of tourism as an important economic driver. She is a graduate from the London School of Economics (England) and is fluent in Spanish.
See http://www.sirencommunications.com
Santo Domingo Marathon
The 11th Lowenbrau-sponsored Santo Domingo marathon will take place on Saturday, 24 June. This 21-km run takes off from km 1 of the Mirador del Sur Park. Categories are Men & Women (Overall, 18-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, and 70+. There are special categories for persons in wheel chairs (professional and non-professional). Runners will compete for more than RD$500,000 in prizes. Registration opens on 22 and 23 June from 6 to 8 pm and 24 June (all day) at Km. 0 of the Mirador del Sur Park. For more information, call 809 487-3802 or 1-809-200-3802.
Tall ships coming to the DR
Americas' Sail, the Western Hemisphere's spectacular tall ship event, is coming to the Dominican Republic this week.
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, 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 14 to 16 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.
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]
Hilary Magazine on Villa Castellamonte
Hilary Magazine, described as America’s oldest and most popular online women’s magazine, has just published a very positive review following a recent stay of magazine’s editor-in-chief at the luxury villa located in Cabrera, on the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. The villa’s owner, Jason Matthews expressed his satisfaction that travel writer Wade Rowland and the Hilary Magazine group enjoyed their stay. According to the review, Villa Castellamonte is “heaven on earth” sprawling across almost three acres of cliff-top land overlooking the Atlantic. Located in the rustic, rural community of Cabrera, the local area boasts many beaches, including one at the villa, a world famous golf course, restaurants and shops. Hilary Rowland praised “the thoughtfully attentive staff and highlighted that overall it was a luxurious relaxing atmosphere that made for the type of experience you will want to repeat again and again”.
Villa Castellamonte is a private 13,000 sq. ft. 7-bedroom and 9-bath, fully staff villa. See http://dr1.com/directories/rental/castellamonte.shtml
The villa review may be accessed at http://www.hilary.com/travel/dominican-republic-villa.html

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