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May 29, 2007
  • Kiteboarding World Cup
  • American leisure travel profile
  • PGA Champions Tour in DR
  • Sun Village summer & fall packages
Kiteboarding World Cup
Cabarete is preparing for the summer Kiteboarding World Cup, set for 26 June to 1 July 2007 in Bozo Beach, Cabarete. The event is the third of six stops on the Professional Kiteboard Riders Association (PKRA) 2007 World Tour. This year there will be US$40,000 in prize money for the competitors. Cabarete combines fun for the entire family during the day, with nightly parties. Those seeking lodging for the event, should check the Cabarete section (also see Puerto Plata, Sosua and Playa Grande for nearby accommodations) in the DR1 hotel directory at http://dr1.com/directories/index.shtml#Hotels_Resorts
American leisure travel profile
YPBR's just released 2007 National Leisure Travel Monitor reveals that Americans continue to view vacations as an essential part of contemporary life. Leisure travel fills more hotel rooms and airline seats than business travel. The report revealed that the incidence of leisure travel continues to be dominated by adults traveling as couples (61%), followed by adults traveling with children (31%) and adults traveling alone (28%). And "visiting friends and relatives" remains the most popular type of vacation (by 56% of leisure travelers), followed by beach/lake vacations (27%), general sightseeing vacations (21%), urban/city vacations (15%), cruise vacations (12%), camping/hiking vacations (12%) and theme park vacations (11%).
Nevertheless, only one out of ten (9%) American leisure travelers took a gambling vacation, and only 2% took a golf vacation.
YPBR says that consistent with the prediction the company made several years ago, the frenetic pace of contemporary life continues to erode the limited vacation time Americans have each year (only 13 days on average, versus 26 days in Canada and 42 in Italy). It is also the primary reason why the most popular form of vacationing is a weekend trip of four nights or less that includes a Saturday night stay. This type of vacation represents the majority (52%) of all vacations taken by Americans last year!
Interestingly, the report confirmed that American leisure travelers' lodging preferences mirror those of business travelers, with one primary exception: leisure travelers are significantly less likely to prefer "luxury" accommodations. See http://pr.ypbr.com/agency/pcy/2007/05_07/web/
PGA Champions Tour in DR
The Dominican Republic will be in the limelight of the world's golf community when the PGA Tour's Champions Tour 2008 takes place at Cap Cana in the east of the country next 31 March-6 April. Cap Cana's Board of Directors president Ricardo Hazoury and Champions Tour senior vice president Mike Stevens signed the agreement last week in the presence of Jack Nicklaus at Nicklaus Design headquarters in North Palm Beach, Fla.
The 54-hole stroke-play tournament will feature a 78-player field and official prize money of US$2 million, with the winner collecting US$300,000. Golf Channel will broadcast all three rounds in the United States and coverage of the event will be distributed internationally.
"The Cap Cana will be a prestigious addition to our 2008 schedule," said Champions Tour president Rick George. "The pristine setting combined with the Jack Nicklaus design of the Punta Espada Golf Club and resources and amenities of the Cap Cana Resort will immediately establish The Cap Cana as a premier event on the Champions Tour."
Punta Espada Golf Club, the first of three Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses due to open in Cap Cana, is operated by Troon Golf and opened for play in November 2006. The par-72 course incorporates the surrounding natural beauty of Cap Cana, stretching along a coastline where golfers on each hole look out into the blue expanse of the Caribbean Sea.
Just a few months after opening, Punta Espada debuted at No. 77 in Golf Digest's ranking of the 100 Best Courses Outside the U.S."
Sun Village summer & fall packages
Sun Village Resort & Spa in Cofresi Beach announces new special packages and travel deals for summer and fall, including two romance and wedding packages and two family-fun package.
The Wedding Summer & Fall Special Package for US$1,250 includes: Standard Wedding Package (includes bridal bouquet, groom's boutonniere, bottle of champagne, wedding cake for 8-10 people, photography package, decorations for the wedding ceremony, judge and marriage certificate), complimentary room upgrade, dinners pre-booked at any of the resort's a la carte restaurants, in-room gift package upon arrival, manicure and hair for the bride and her maid of honor at The Spa, a new 17,000 square foot luxury spa and fitness center located at the heart of the resort.
On occasion of the opening of its new spa, Sun Village this summer and fall is offering the romantic Moonlight Couple Massage Package for US$230 as an addition for guests of the resort. This package includes: choice of couple massage from Aromatherapy, Deep Tissue or Swedish; choice of massage location, including on the beach under the Dominican moonlight or in one of the private outdoor cabanas; a complimentary bottle of wine; candles.
Sun Village Resort & Spa is also a great family-friendly getaway. Two family packages valid through 31 October are offered that include: free admission to Ocean World Adventure Park, Casino and Marina with a minimum stay of five nights at Sun Village. Ocean World offers a wide variety of activities, like dolphin swims, shark encounters, sea lion encounters and shows, a snorkel reef, bird sanctuary, rain forest, a 120-slip Marina and the brand new Casino featuring the nightly Las Vegas style dance show "Bravissimo."
Families can also enjoy a special price through 1 May to 21 December 2007. Adults rates (13 or older) start as low as $125 per night, children (7 through 12) are $25 per night, and children 6 and under are free. For more information, see http://www.dr1.com/directories/hotels/sun_village.shtml

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