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October 17, 2006
  • Leading Hotels of the World adds Punta Cana hotel
  • Caribbean spas to meet in Bayahibe
  • Samana highway moves ahead
  • Cabarete Laser regatta
Leading Hotels of the World adds Punta Cana hotel
The prestigious certification organization Leading Hotels of the World has added the Punta Cana boutique hotel, Tortuga Bay to its select collection of hotels. Tortuga Bay is part of the Punta Cana Resort & Club, and is located beside the P. B. Dye-designed seaside golf course and the Six Senses Spa, part of the equally famous spa chain. The hotel has 50 rooms in 15 beachfront villas designed by world famous Dominican couturier Oscar de la Renta. Paul M. McManus, president of the chain made the announcement last week. Guests arriving at the hotel are given a personal welcome at Punta Cana International Airport and taken directly to their private villas.
"What is especially thrilling about our being chosen to be one of The Leading Hotels of the World," said Paola Rainieri, of the Rainieri family, developers of the resort and Director of Public Relations, "is the fact that of the 355 hotels which applied for acceptance last year, only 24 - a mere 7% - were accepted, due to the company's exacting level of quality."
Caribbean spas to meet in Bayahibe
The Caribbean Spa & Wellness Association will meet at the Canoa Coral by Hilton Resort in Bayahibe, Dominican Republic this coming 3-6 December. The 2006 Caribbean Spa & Wellness Conference provides an avenue for spa and wellness industry partners to come together and exchange information and ideas in interactive presentations and panels. The trade show will enable exhibitors to promote their facilities, products and services. Some 100 delegates from 15 Caribbean nations are expected to attend. See information on the host hotel at http://dr1.com/directories/hotels/coral_canoa.shtml
Those interested in participating, should call 809 545-9996 to register, or download the application form at the C-SWA link at http://www.insensespa.com
Samana highway moves ahead
Parallel with the construction of the new Samana-serving airport at El Catey, work is progressing on the construction of the new Santo Domingo-Samana highway. The toll-based highway will halve the time it takes to travel to Samana from Santo Domingo, reducing the journey to around two hours. The 106km highway connects Las Americas Expressway with Samana, using the shortest route to cross the island. The privately built highway is expected to cost around US$162 million. Builders say that the highway could be completed by December 2007. Meanwhile, the government has opened the first section of the highway.
Cabarete Laser regatta
Cabarete will once more be hosting the Caribbean Laser Midwinter Regatta. The regatta takes place on 12-14 January 2007, announced Ari Barshi, event organizer and national Laser champion. He explains that the event is the only Olympic class regatta held in the Caribbean. The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) governs the event and the results count in the international rankings. Prize money of US$5,000.00 is offered. According to Barshi, the average Laser sailor is 55 years old and is known to travel the world to sail. "Many of these sailors are looking to retire in a warm and friendly place that offers great sailing conditions," he explains. He highlights the fact that laser sailors spent US$4.8 million purchasing condos in Cabarete in 2006, a direct result of the regatta, now in its fifth year. For more information, contact Ari Barshi on 809 857-6625

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