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July 10, 2007
  • Real Madrid's Guti in Punta Cana
  • Maxim Lifestyle at Cofresi
  • CTO honors Rita Cabrer
  • Merengue Festival
Real Madrid's Guti in Punta Cana
Real Madrid soccer captain, Jose Maria Gutierrez (Guti) vacationed at the Tortuga Bay in Puntacana Resort & Club with family and friends, from 22 June to 2 July. The group participated in hotel kayak competitions, horse ranch activities, ecological walks, games of golf and tennis and experienced the very relaxing Six Senses Spa. They also took a catamaran tour of Saona island and spent an afternoon swimming with the dolphins.
See http://dr1.com/directories/hotels/puntacana.shtml
Maxim Lifestyle at Cofresi
The first Maxim Bungalows in the Caribbean will open this October at Cofresi Beach, Puerto Plata. Elliot Group is partnering with Dennis Publishing of Maxim men's magazine-fame to launch the new style of vacationing in the DR, with a first location at Cofresi to be followed by a second in Juan Dolio, on the southeast coast of the DR.
Maxim Bungalows at Cofresi Beach will feature 108 studio, one and two bedroom luxury bungalow accommodations away from hustle and bustle. Each guest will be greeted at the airport and driven to the resort by a luxury SUV and given VIP access on and off property at all the top restaurants, bars and golf courses.
Each bungalow will be appointed with 5 star amenities geared to sophisticated travelers including resort-wide WI-FI, iHome audio capabilities, and plasma screen TVs. In addition to special pool and beach areas, Maxim Bungalow guests will also be able to enjoy preferential access to The Spa, a new state of the art 17,000 square-foot spa and fitness center.
The 54 foot Maxim yacht, 'Independence,' will be available exclusively for Maxim guests to charter for day trips and evening soirees.
The Juan Dolio Maxim Bungalows are scheduled for opening in early 2008.
CTO honors Rita Cabrer
A Caribbean Tourism Organization Award of Excellence was presented to Rita Cabrer Botello, for her 40 years in the Dominican tourism publishing industry. She received the award during the 34th Annual Governments of the Caribbean State Ball at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. In 1966, she co-founded with her former husband Luis Augusto Caminero the publication Bohio Dominicano that continues to cover the tourism industry. Caminero in the 50s had launched the publication, "Things you should know," probably the first tourist guide published in the DR. In the 80s, Rita Cabrer would participate with her husband in the launching of La Cotica, a tourism guide published in several languages, continuously funded by the Ministry of Tourism for promoting the Dominican Republic in international markets.
Merengue Festival
Merengue Festival is slated for 26-29 July in Santo Domingo. This year, the festival will be sponsored by Brugal Rum and will be known as the Festival Brugal del Merengue. Some 18 merengue groups have been contracted for live performances at the Avenida del Puerto of Santo Domingo.

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