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June 27, 2006
  • Kiteboarding Cup
  • Sun Village to host Miss Maxim 2006
  • Condohotel Portillo by Prieto
  • Royal Caribbean cruise to Samana
Kiteboarding Cup
The 7th World Kiteboarding Cup begins Wednesday, 28 June in Cabarete, with finals happening on Sunday, 2 July 2006. The event takes place in Bozo Beach, the westernly section of Cabarete Beach. It is organized by the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association and is supported by the Ministry of Tourism of the DR, Wyndham Viva Tangerine Hotel and EH Kiteboarding. There is prize money of US$40,000. For more information, contact [email protected] or 809 571-0882. See http://www.pkra.info/EVENTS/cabarete/ or http://dr1.com/travel/cabarete/ for background information on Cabarete.
Sun Village to host Miss Maxim 2006
Maxim, the best-selling men's lifestyle magazine in the US and the world, with 31 international editions in 45 countries, will be hosting the finals of its Miss Maxim contest at Puerto Plata's Sun Village Resort & Spa. The competition is set for Saturday, 22 July at the Cofresi location. Twenty-seven international finalists will grace the resort and beaches of the Sun Village Resort & Spa, its 54-foot yacht "The Independence" and several notable landmarks in the DR for photo shoots. The finalists will arrive from 15 July for the photo shoot.
The winner will be featured in Maxim editions around the world and will receive a six-figure international modeling contract with one of the world's top modeling agencies, Major Model Management. The agency's clientele includes Versace, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Polo, Estee Lauder, Gap, Valentino and Armani.
The entire Dominican Republic resort shoot will be featured in a 16-page special feature in the October 2006 issue of Maxim's flagship US edition.
For more information on the hotel, see http://dr1.com/directories/hotels/sun_village.shtml
Condohotel Portillo by Prieto
The Consorcio Prieto announced the construction of the Condohotel Portillo, with a US$40 million investment. The project calls for the construction of 206 villas and the development of the Portillo landing field into a larger airport. The developers vie to attract owners of small jets and airplanes that can fly into the residential community with its own beach. The development encompasses an area of 170,000 square meters. Arquitects Gustavo More and Antonio Segundo Imbert have been entrusted with the architectural plans.
The Prieto family was the first to develop a major hotel in the Las Terrenas area, the Portillo Beach Resort, which this year was sold to the Spanish Bahia Principe hotel group.
Samana will have jet service as of this November with the opening of the large airport at El Catey, midway between Samana and Cabrera area.
Royal Caribbean cruise to Samana
Royal Caribbean Line's Grandeur of the Seas will be making a stopover in Samana in 2007 as part of a nine night cruise to the Caribbean underway from 18 May through 16 November of that year. Cruise dates are 18 May, 15 June, 13 July, 10 August, 5 October, 19 October, 2 November and 16 November. Prices vary from US$699 for an interior cabin to US$1,499 for a deluxe suite double occupancy. The ship departs Baltimore, Maryland and makes calls at San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Samana, DR; and Labadee, Haiti prior to returning to Baltimore.

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