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September 12, 2006
  • Jack Nicklaus course completed
  • Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
  • Serving El Catey
  • New Asonahores board
Jack Nicklaus course completed
Cap Cana has announced that all 18 holes of the Punta Espada course, part of the Cap Cana luxury tourism development, are now open and ready for play. The opening precedes the official inauguration that is set for 8 November with the participation of Jack Nicklaus, the golf legend, himself. The back nine holes opened for play in July. Punta Espada is the first of three Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf courses planned for Cap Cana. Punta Espada was built at an estimated cost of US$18 million. According to Sam Logan, director of operations, many are considering the course's signature hole as No. 13, a spectacular 249-yard par 3 that is expected to become one of the world's most photographed holes. It requires golfers to execute a challenging tee shot over the ocean into a picturesque green surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. For a hole-by-hole description of the new course, see http://www.dr1.com/travelnews/archive/2006/puntaespada.shtml
Global Code of Ethics for Tourism
The Dominican Republic tourism sector is moving towards implementing the World Tourism Organization Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. Meetings are being held in the public and private sectors for the implementation of the code nationwide. The code sets a frame of reference for responsible and sustainable development of world tourism. While it is not a legally binding document, it reflects social changes at the beginning of the 21st century and seeks to safeguard the future of the tourism industry and expand the sector's contribution to economic prosperity, peace and understanding among all the nations of the world, according to Francesco Frangialli, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization. "With international tourism forecast to nearly triple in volume over the next 20 years, members of the World Tourism Organization believe that the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism is needed to help minimize the negative impacts of tourism on the environment and on cultural heritage while maximizing the benefits for residents of tourism destinations," according to the WTO.
Serving El Catey
El Catey International Airport in Samana expects to open this winter season offering services from Germany (LTU and Condor), Canada (Air Transat and Sky Service) and Italy (Neos). Construction work by Aerodom is proceeding at a fast pace in order to have the airport operational as scheduled.
New Asonahores board
Luis Lopez is officially the president of the National Hotel & Restaurant Association as of Tuesday, 12 September. He began his work during a meeting held at the Hotel Embajador on Tuesday. Other members of the 2006-2008 board are Ventura Serra, first vice president; Roberto Casoni, second vice president; Simon Suarez, third vice president; Ernesto Veloz, fourth vice president; Paola Rainieri, treasurer and Julio Llibre, vice treasurer.
Other members are Luis Jose Cabral, secretary and Omar Estevez, vice secretary; directors Felix Felipe, Ellis Perez, Jordi Perfot, Francisco Castillo, Elizabeth Scheker and Luis Etienne Sanchez.
Lopez is a civil engineer graduate of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra. He is president of Amhsa Marina Hotels & Resorts.

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