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March 13, 2007
  • Reaching out to the local community
  • Lovewrecked now on DVD
  • Delta to fly from Fort Lauderdale
  • DR ranked at midpoint in Competitiveness Index
Reaching out to the local community
The Elliot Foundation, part of the Sun Village Resorts holding company, has entered into partnership with CitiHope International to donate US$300,000 worth of medical supplies to poor families in the Puerto Plata area. Sun Village Resorts is a Canadian founded company with operations at Cofresi Beach, Puerto Plata and will soon be opening a resort at Juan Dolio Beach.
"We are blessed and honored with the opportunity to support CitiHope's mission assisting people in need in the Dominican Republic," said Derek Elliott, co-founder of the Elliott Foundation and president and CEO of Elliott. "Since the opening of our first Dominican Republic resort Sun Village Resort & Spa Cofresi, we have become very involved in the local Puerto Plata community. Funding a CitiHope mission helps us make lives healthier and more comfortable in an impoverished community that, despite a recent explosion in tourism, still needs so much."
The materials are being airlifted in March. CitiHope International and The Elliott Foundation will then distribute the materials to local medical institutions and physicians.
For more information about the foundation, please visit www.sunvillageresorts.com/elliott_ver1/elliott_corp_foundation.asp
Lovewrecked now on DVD
Tourists headed to Puerto Plata and Sun Village Resort in Cofresi can get a preview of the area by renting or purchasing the DVD, "Love Wrecked". The DVD was launched in the US on Tuesday, 13 March. Amanda Byrnes (What A Girl Wants, She's The Man, "The Amanda Show"), Chris Carmack (Just My Luck, "The O.C."), Jamie-Lynne DiScala ("The Sopranos"), Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls, The Dukes Of Hazzard: The Beginning) and 'N Sync's Lance Bass. The film was directed by Randal Kleiser (Grease).
Love Wrecked was shot on location at Sun Village Resort & Spa Cofresi. Love Wrecked was produced by Derek Elliott, owner of Elliott Motion Pictures and Elliott Group, which operates Sun Village Resort & Spa in the Puerto Plata. The company is using feature film as an additional outlet for marketing their resorts, and sponsors an annual Film Festival in November.
For further information on Sun Village, see http://dr1.com/directories/hotels/sun_village.shtml
Delta to fly from Fort Lauderdale
Delta is announcing a new service between Fort Lauderdale and Santo Domingo on 7 June.
As part of its summer schedule, Delta will be offering Santo Domingo customers 21 weekly flights - seven to New York-JFK, seven to Atlanta, and seven to Fort Lauderdale. This complements 28 other flights from US gateways to Puerto Plata, Santiago and Punta Cana. Santo Domingo, the second-most populated city in the Caribbean region, is located in the south of the country on the shores of the Caribbean Sea, and is the prime driver of the Dominican Republic's growing popularity as a beachgoers' paradise. The schedule for the daily Flight 291 will be departing Fort Lauderdale at 7:15am, arriving Santo Domingo at 9:15am, and a return flight 292 departing Santo Domingo at 7:15pm, arriving in Fort Lauderdale at 9:20pm.
DR ranked at midpoint in Competitiveness Index
The Dominican Republc is ranked in 53rd position in the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2007, recently released by the World Economic Forum. The ranking is based on data from the Tourism Satellite Accounting Research carried out annually by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
The DR is ranked 50th on the overall 2007 Index. For the complete report, including the data on the Dominican Republic, see http://www.dr1.com/travelnews/archive/2007/Competitiveness.pdf
(Please note, the document is a large 11MB pdf).

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