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April 24, 2007
  • The Apprentice to oversee Trump's Cap Cana
  • First quarter travel stats
  • New image for La Romana
  • Sun Village gets good press
  • Natural History Museum reopens
The Apprentice to oversee Trump's Cap Cana
The winner of Sunday's Donald Trump-produced series "The Apprentice" has been chosen to oversee the construction of Trump at Cap Cana, the newest development at Cap Cana that will include a beach club, condominium hotel, private villas, golf course and 68 private estates. The 68 estates to be known as Trump Farallon Estates at Cap Cana, with at least 1.5 acres each, will kick off the Trump investment.Thirty-two year old Los Angeles defense attorney Stefani Schaeffer told the NBC top rating show audience: "I believe I bring not only a legal and business background to it, but also coming at it from the point of view of being in construction, having been counsel for developers in construction, I understand it from the ground up." She was given the option to oversee Cap Cana project or Trump Towers, a 47-luxury apartment complex in midtown Atlanta.
She competed against 17 professionals who competed in a 14-week job interview during The Apprentice's sixth season, which was also the first to have four finalists instead of two. She has done legal work in construction and property development.
When appearing on the Live with Regis and Kelly show on Tuesday, 24 April, with co-host Kelly Ripa and guest co-host Bryant Gumbel, she told Ripa and Gumbel that her decision to pick the Cap Cana project had been an easy one. "Did you see the pictures of Atlanta and of the Caribbean? Did you see the color of the ocean?" Schaeffer told Gumbel when he asked why she had chosen this option. "It is about the work, but there's a golf course!"
First quarter travel stats
Air arrivals (non-resident foreigners) to the DR during the first quarter of the year totaled 1,161,583 tourists, which is 4% (44,624) more passengers compared to January-March 2006. Most arrivals landed at Punta Cana (52.2%), followed by Puerto Plata (18.78%), Las Americas (14.81%) and La Romana (8.11%) airports. Smaller airports Cibao (Santiago), La Isabela (Santo Domingo) and El Catey (Samana) received 6.10% combined. This first quarter, most tourists came from Canada, with 28.46% of all arrivals, followed closely by the US with 27.64%, France with 11.01%, Germany with 6.30%, Spain with 5.21%, Italy with 4.49% and the UK with 3.87%. The US market declined by 3%, partly due to bad weather that led to flight cancellations, as well as the new passport obligation for US travelers.
New image for La Romana
The Bayahibe/La Romana southeastern beach and golf area will now be promoted under the name of La Romana, says Lisette Gil, executive director of the Romana-Bayahibe Hotels Association. A new campaign targeting US and European visitors seeks to show the diversity of attractions in the region, as well as stressing the tourism companies' commitment to sustainable development and environmental conservation. The new campaign is sponsored by the members of the Association - resorts Casa de Campo, Oasis Canoa, Sunscape Casa del Mar, Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach and Palace, Venta Club Gran Dominicus, Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus and the new Casino Dominicus and Tropical Tours, a leading tour operator. The name of the international airport serving the area - La Romana - was chosen to unify the Bayahibe and Casa de Campo hotels. The new logo establishes a cultural link, "Distinctively Dominican", highlighting the arrival of the first "tourists" in 1492 and the environmental link with the image of the frigate bird. The area has five hotels with Green Globe certification and a Blue Flag beach.
Sun Village gets good press
Sun Village has been positioning itself in the US and Canadian market by making the most of leading media. Popular Canadian radio show "Wake Up a Winner" produced live daily broadcasts in January with host Jeff Hutcheson, featuring a different Sun Village location every day. The winners of the show received an all-expenses paid vacation at Sun Village. And Live! With Regis and Kelly featured a report on Sun Village for their viewers to consider for holidays or honeymoons. Woman's Day magazine included the resort among its top 20 options for family vacations, and Spa Magazine covered the resort's new spa. Sun Village was also chosen for the cover story of the 20th anniversary issue of Great Resorts & Hotels magazine.
Natural History Museum reopens
The new place to visit in Santo Domingo is the Natural History Museum, which has reopened after four years under renovation. The museum takes visitors on a tour of Dominican biodiversity. Celeste Mir, of the Ministry of Environment, was in charge of renovating the museum. Located in the Plaza de la Cultura, the museum is divided into seven main areas and halls: Earth, Minerals, Ecology, Biogeography, Marine Giants and Birds, and the Santo Domingo Planetarium. At the inaugural event, Environment Minister Max Puig highlighted the fact that the museum aims to serve as research center as well as to educate the general public in order to contribute to conserving the country's natural heritage. The museum is located in the Plaza de la Cultura, that this week is hosting the annual Santo Domingo International Book Fair.

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