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September 11, 2007
  • Passports required again
  • Hockey at Sun Village
  • Four Seasons Casa de Campo
  • Viva Wyndham ISO 9001:2001
Passports required again
The US Department of State has sent out a reminder that all travelers will once more be required to present valid passports for re-entry into the US as of 1 October 2007, in compliance with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) aimed at strengthening border security. The WHTI passport requirement for air travel went into effect on 23 January 2007, but the US government temporarily instituted a waiver for US travelers who could show proof of having applied for the passport.
Note that this is a requirement of the US government, not the Dominican government.
Hockey at Sun Village
Sun Village Resort & Spa will be hosting the first-ever Ball Hockey Tournament at Cofresi, Puerto Plata from 1-8 December 2007 in partnership with The National Hockey League Alumni Association. Some of the players confirmed to attend include Chris Nilan, Gary Leeman, Dave Schultz, Paul Coffey, two-time Stanley Cup winner Mark Napier and several other hockey notables from the NHL Alumni Association.
The resort is offering travel packages that include accommodation at the Sun Village Resort & Spa, tickets to VIP events and parties with the athletes, participation in hockey games and tickets to all the games. Proceeds from the event will be donated to two of Sun Village and the NHL Alumni Association's favorite charities.
Guests of the resort will experience a full week of hockey clinics, hockey games, VIP parties and events, celebrity-athlete 'meet and greets,' invitations to the poolside karaoke night and an array of other activities.
Sun Village Resort & Spa is a four-star, all-inclusive luxury resort featuring five restaurants showcasing fare from around the globe, seven swimming pools, eight bars and nightly entertainment. Guests at Sun Village Resort are welcome to enjoy the private, 54-foot yacht, daily scheduled activities and the exciting shows and activities at Ocean World Adventure Park, Casino and Marina located next door to the resort. In addition, the resort recently announced a range of new amenities and services, including Kerstin Florian spa products, at the 17,000 square foot spa and fitness center.
For more information, contact the hotel at http://dr1.com/directories/hotels/sun_village.shtml
Four Seasons Casa de Campo
Casa de Campo is promising that the recently announced 200-room Four Seasons Casa de Campo Resort will be the most luxurious beach hotel in the country. Eddie Creed, one of the founders of the Canadian chain, said that the owners of Casa de Campo are going all out with the project. He said the US$120 million hotel would open in winter 2009. "We could have gone anywhere else on the island, but we chose Casa de Campo because we know the property well, the company behind the project and the spectacular property they were offering us," said Creed. Creed has owned a villa in Casa de Campo since 1978.
The Four Seasons Casa de Campo will be located at one end of Punta Aguila at Caleton Beach on 67 acres with 3,100 feet of beachfront. All rooms will have a sea view. Felipe Icaza, from Diego Villasenor y Asociados the Mexican architectural firm entrusted with the project, said that they have been inspired by the country's history and its sugar industry. The Villasenor firm (DVA) was responsible for the design of the Four Seasons Punta Mita hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and is regarded as one of the top contemporary architectural firms in the Americas today. Icaza explained the hotel will recreate the style of a sugar hacienda, and the hotel will be located amidst an exuberant garden with trails for the guests' enjoyment. The hotel's interior design has been contracted to Zmistowski Design Group of Colorado, USA.
This will be a family hotel, with a 'Kids for All Seasons' club, and a young adults area too. The hotel will also feature two additional beaches for 1,250 feet of beach, and four tennis courts. A banquet and convention area for social events is part of the resort.
There will also be a 43,000 square foot spa on the premises, run by Amy McDonald, a former spa director at Miraval in Arizona.
For more information, contact the hotel at http://dr1.com/directories/hotels/casa_de_campo.shtml
Viva Wyndham ISO 9001:2001
Viva Wyndham has become the first Dominican hotel to receive the rigorous ISO 9001:2001 certificate of accordance with standards of quality management systems in the range of an all-inclusive hotel property. The company says the certificate is in line with the company's commitment to providing guests with exceptional service.
The certification covers the seven properties the Dominican-based chain operates in the DR - Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach and Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace in Bayahibe; Viva Wyndham Tangerine in Cabarete; Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada in Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata; and Viva Wyndham Samana, in Las Terrenas. Also certified are the Viva Wyndham Maya and Viva Wyndham Azteca in Mexico. Work is under way to certify the chain's Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach in Bahamas.
"It is a great honor to achieve this recognition," said Ettore Colussi, president of Viva Wyndham Resorts. "It is the direct result of the work of the great team of people that makes up Viva Wyndham."
For more information, contact the chain through http://dr1.com/directories/hotels/casa_de_campo.shtml

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