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June 12, 2007
  • Amhsa turns to residential tourism
  • Bahia Principe to market Santana Beach
  • Facilitating summer travel
  • Spotlight on DR in ITB 2008
Amhsa turns to residential tourism
Amhsa Marina Hotels & Resorts is joining the Dominican Republic's residential tourism trend with a future property sale offer in Samana. The company also announced recently that it would be expanding its The Club at Gran Paradise Bavaro from 228 to 378 rooms, and its Las Galeras, Samana hotel from 334 rooms to 564 for 2008. Plans for 2008 are to upgrade its Casa Marina Reef (378 rooms) hotel and Casa Marina Beach (300 rooms), both in Sosua, Puerto Plata on the north coast. In Puerto Plata province, the Dominican hotel chain also operates the Paradise Beach Resort & Casino (436 rooms) in Playa Dorada, and the Paraiso del Sol Beach Resort (489 rooms) in Cabarete.
Bahia Principe to market Santana Beach
Grupo Pinero's Bahia Principe brand will be selling the former Santana Beach Resort now upgraded under the Bahia Principe brand and scheduled for a November 2007 opening. The hotel has been renamed as the Bahia Principe La Romana. The hotel is promoted as being located "at the foot of 2.800 metres of sandy beach lined with palm trees, and idyllic views of a beautiful bay." The description says it would be located on by the Mortero beach shore on a 950,000 m2 property that is 35 minutes from La Romana International Airport.
Bahia Principe has to show for its recent buying spree: in Samana the Cayacoa, Cayo Levantado, Samana (former Gran Bahia), Portillo properties. In Puerto Plata it operates the San Juan, and it has two properties in the East Coast under their brand, the Punta Cana and Bavaro resorts.
Facilitating summer travel
The Homeland Security announced that US citizens traveling to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda who have applied for but not yet received passports can enter and depart from the US by air through 30 September 2007. Travelers will be required to present government-issued photo identification and a Department of State official proof of application for a passport. The temporary change in procedures is to facilitate summer travel. It usually takes 30-45 days to receive a passport after applying. It is estimated that only 25% of Americans have passports, which meant the new requirement was a major inconvenience for millions of summer travelers that complained to their legislators.
The announcement is good news for the Dominican Republic tourism industry that had been affected by the passport rule.
See http://www.dhs.gov/index.shtm
Spotlight on DR in ITB 2008
The Dominican Republic was named "official partner country of the ITB Berlin 2008. A cooperation agreement between the Dominican republic and the world's leading travel trade show was signed, announced Raimund Hosch, CEO of Messe Berlin, the ITB organizer. As a result, the DR will be prominently features during the 5 to 9 March 2008 ITB.
Hosch commented: "The Dominican Republic is now firmly established in world tourism as a year-round destination for vacationers and for incentive tour operators. This has been borne out not only by the increasing number of visitors from Germany but also by the arrivals from the rest of the world, too, which are expected to exceed four million in 2007. Growth prospects are very promising, he stated. "The ITB Berlin is the ideal platform for convincing prospective holidaymakers of the unique tourism attractions of this destination."
ITB reported that as the partner country of the ITB Berlin 2008, the DR will be organizing the opening ceremonies on Tuesday, 4 March, as well as being prominently featured on various stages during the trade show, with several events and some culinary delights too.
In addition to the Ministry of tourism's pavilion in Hall 3.1, the Caribbean Hall, numerous other representatives from the Dominican private sector will be staging their own presentations at the ITB Berlin on an area occupying some 500 square meters.

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