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May 8, 2007
  • Two Conde Nast hotlist picks for Punta Cana
  • Viva Wyndham gets sister hotel in Puerto Rico
  • Santo Domingo to become shopping hub?
  • Vacation Planner 2007
Two Conde Nast hotlist picks for Punta Cana
Punta Cana's Tortuga Bay boutique hotel has made the Conde Nast 2007 Hotlist.
Tortuga Bay is located within the Puntacana Resort & Club complex and features 50 guest suites contained within 15 villas decorated by Oscar de la Renta, who owns a home nearby. The guest suites are spacious, starting at 1,127 square feet. The villas terraces face a green lawn and the Caribbean Sea or the P.B. Dye-designed golf course. The hotel's Six Senses Spa is included among the 2007 Hot List Spas.
See http://www.dr1.com/directories/hotels/puntacana.shtml
Viva Wyndham gets sister hotel in Puerto Rico
Viva Wyndham, the Dominican affiliate of Wyndham World Hotels, is now joined by Puerto Rico's Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The Wyndham chain announced that with the operation of the Puerto Rico property, the chain reinforces its presence in the Caribbean. Wyndham promotes five hotels in the DR, one in Bahamas and two in Mexico, part of the chain's strategic alliance with Viva Wyndham. For information on Viva Wyndham properties in the DR, see:
Santo Domingo to become shopping hub?
The capital city of Santo Domingo is set to become the most coveted shopping destination in the Caribbean. With the implementation of DR-CAFTA, the city is proving to be an attractive location for major international chains. Although the companies have not made any official announcement, sources indicate that construction has begun for the opening of a Swedish home furnishing retailer Ikea store to serve the Caribbean and Central America at a site on John F. Kennedy Avenue. Pier 1 Imports will be the first mega home furnishings international store to open in Santo Domingo. Its location is under construction at a site on Sarasota Avenue, in the Bella Vista neighborhood. The Fort Worth, Texas-based retailer that specializes in imported home furnishings and decor, already operates in Mexico and Puerto Rico. More companies are expected to enter the Dominican market, which is sizeable by Caribbean standards, and at present dynamic, especially in the home furnishings area, in response to the current nationwide real estate boom.
Vacation Planner 2007
The Hotel & Restaurant Association (Asonahores) Vacation Planner, the leading tourism information brochure on the country, will soon be available in Santo Domingo from the Asonahores offices at Edificio La Cumbre, Naco and throughout Ministry of Tourism offices abroad (with the exception of Chicago) latter this month. The Vacation Planner features updated content on where to go, what to do and what to see in the Dominican Republic's leading tourism destinations. DR1 editor and founder, Dolores Vicioso, was responsible for the content.
For more information, contact Asonahores at [email protected]

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