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November 28, 2006
  • New Bahia Principe hotels in Samana
  • Winter airfare sales
  • Casa de Campo weddings
  • Passport required as of 23 January
New Bahia Principe hotels in Samana
The Bahia Principe hotel chain has announced the opening of several hotels in the Samana area, in time for the new flights into Samana International Airport at El Catey. These are the 223-room Gran Bahia Principe Cayacoa, the 103-room Bahia Principe Samana near the city of Samana, and the 406-room Bahia Principe El Portillo in Las Terrenas. The 191-room Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado, on the island of the same name in Samana Bay, is scheduled to open on 15 December. The Spanish chain, owned by the Pinero Group, runs hotels in Rio San Juan on the north coast, as well as the Gran Bahia Principe Punta Cana and Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro in the east.
Winter airfare sales
For approximately US$500, travelers embarking at Santo Domingo's Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) can fly to Madrid and other European destinations, benefiting from winter season fare sales. Both Air Europa and Iberia are advertising considerable reductions. Air Caraibes is also offering similar fares to Paris, departing from Las Americas.
In addition, American Airlines has announced a fare sale for flights from Santo Domingo to Miami (US$278), Boston (US$328) and Los Angeles ($468). The AA flights do not include taxes, up to an additional US$160, depending on the destination.
Casa de Campo weddings
Maco Destinations magazine, a leading Caribbean travel publication, has published a 10-page feature on weddings at Casa de Campo in its most recent issue. Maco Destinations Magazine is a first-class quality, glossy magazine geared at the sophisticated traveler whose travel focus is within the countries of Central America and the Caribbean. The article, titled "Liz Taylor Would Be Jealous" was written by DR1 editorial director, Dolores Vicioso. The writer emphasizes the fact that the resort offers the largest variety of photogenic locations for wedding parties of up to 1,500 in a single resort in the Caribbean, and while it attracts the rich and famous, its competitive wedding plans also make it possible for non-celebrity couples to marry there. The magazine's main circulation is throughout the Caribbean.
Passport required as of 23 January
The US Department of State has announced that as from 23 January 2007, all persons, including US citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport, Air Nexus card or US Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document. It had been announced that the measure would come into effect on 8 January 2007, but it was postponed until the 23rd of January. The US has authorized an extension until 1 January 2008 for people traveling by sea between the US, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Bermuda.
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html

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