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September 19, 2006
  • Celebrating 25 Years of Teeth of the Dog
  • Marina and Casino at Ocean World
  • The agenda for the hotel industry
  • Concerts at Hard Rock Cafe
Celebrating 25 Years of Teeth of the Dog
The 25th Annual Casa de Campo Open is on from Wednesday 20 September to Sunday, 24 September in La Romana. The golfing tournament is a 54-hole event that uses the modified stableford system and will be played on the Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and Links courses, under the direction of golf director Gilles Gagnon. The very popular Teeth of the Dog course was remodeled by Pete Dye in 2005, and the 25th annual tournament commemorates the start of golfing history in the DR in 1971.
283 players from the DR, USA, Aruba, St. Martin, France, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Thomas, Germany, England and Australia have registered to play. The golf tournament is the oldest in the Dominican Republic.
See http://www.dr1.com/directories/hotels/casa_de_campo.shtml
Marina and Casino at Ocean World
Ocean World Marina & Casino in Cofresi, Puerto Plata is announcing that rock'n roll band The Beach Boys will perform at the grand opening on 16 December 2006. A major boat show is also planned.
Over 2,000 people, most of them movers and shakers from Dominican business, tourism and government, are expected to attend the invitation-only event. Ocean World Marina will be the first full-service marina on the north coast, and now fills a 300-mile gap between the Turks and Caicos Islands and Puerto Rico on the well-traveled route between Florida, the Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean.
Despite construction works still in progress, the 100-slip marina has been in operation for months now, and has received 250 yachts, including a 168-footer. The full-service marina has the capacity to harbor up to 20 mega yachts up to 225 feet long and 12-foot draft. There will be 200 dry-dock rack storage slips for boats under 35 feet, which are sure to be popular with local boaters.
The Ocean World Casino will complement the marina, with the spectacular Octopus Bar sharing the lower floor with what promises to be Puerto Plata's first 5-star restaurant. Las Vegas-type revue shows will be held at the casino that will feature 10 tables and 60 machines. The Lighthouse Lounge at the top of the casino will offer incredible views of the area.
As announced, as of 16 November, Ocean World Adventure Park, Marina and Casino will combine the best features of all three sections of the entertainment complex and offer a new excursion: Ocean World's Magical Nights - dinner, sea lion magic show, dolphin show and the "Bravissimo" dancing show, with time to gamble afterwards for US$60 per person including transportation from nearby hotels.
See http://www.dr1.com/directories/tourism/oceanworld.shtml
The agenda for the hotel industry
The new board of the National Hotel & Restaurant Association, Asonahores, has launched its work program for the next two years. Association president Luis Lopez presented the program during the inaugural cocktail party held at the Hotel Embajador last week. The program presents a new vision for tourism in the Dominican Republic, integrating culture, the environment and the community as key elements for sustainable tourism development.
For the English version of the speech, see http://www.dr1.com/travelnews/archive/2006/lopez.shtml
Concerts at Hard Rock Cafe
The legendary group Village People performs on 30 September at the Hard Rock Cafe in the Colonial City, followed by a concert by Australian rock group Men at Work in November. Next up is Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in December. The Hard Rock Cafe opened in August with a concert by Blondie.
For updates, see http://www.dr1.com/calendar

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