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December 11, 2007
  • Minimal effect in tourism areas
  • Sosua Jewish Heritage Exhibit in NY
  • Robb Report Vacation Homes focuses on DR
  • Dreams to open in Punta Cana
Minimal effect in tourism areas
International airports operated as normal during and after the passing of Tropical Storm Olga on Tuesday, with the exception of Puerto Plata's International Airport where three flights after 11pm had to be cancelled due to the high winds. Airport operations resumed in the early morning. Some damage is reported to some beach storefronts in Cabarete, on the North Coast and Samana on the Northeast Coast. Hotels are not reporting any damages. Golf courses in some areas need to wait to dry out, but regular activities are expected to resume once good weather again comes our way by the weekend. Light rains continued on Wednesday, but reports from Puerto Rico are that good weather is headed our way.
Sosua Jewish Heritage Exhibit in NY
An exhibition opening in New York City on 17 February 2008 will bring to light the stories of Jewish refugees who made Puerto Plata their home in the late 1930s after escaping from Nazi Germany. The settlers were mostly urban Austrian and German Jews; professionals or craftsmen who were given farmland near a gorgeous beach to build their homes in the Caribbean. Many took the Dominican government up on the offer as an intermediate step before moving on to the United States, but many also stayed in the Dominican Republic.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage located at 36 Battery Place, New York will be presenting the bilingual English and Spanish exhibition in association with the Sosua Jewish Museum in Sosua, Puerto Plata.
Their exhibition is titled: Sosua -- A Refuge for Jews in the Dominican Republic. The exhibition will be on view for six months. There are also plans for it to travel to other venues in the US.
“We are often told about Jews being turned away from country after country, but this exhibition will tell the story of Jews who found a haven, half-a-world away,” Museum Director Dr. David G. Marwell said. “Despite the indifference and intolerance many Jews faced in Europe from their neighbors, none of the Jewish settlers in Sosua interviewed for this exhibition experienced anti-Semitism in the Dominican Republic. On the contrary, their dealings with their Dominican counterparts were congenial and friendly. This is a positive story, and one that should be told.”
Robb Report Vacation Homes focuses on DR
Dominican prime real estate projects received a write-up in the December 2007/January 2008 issue of the Robb Report Vacation Homes. The magazine focuses on “exceptional waterfront, golf, country, mountain and vineyard properties.” The Caribbean is on the front cover, with the magazine focusing on new, rediscovered and up-and-coming properties in the Bahamas, Barbados, Anguila, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, the Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos, Jamaica, St. Barts, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, as highlighted on the cover. Cap Cana, PuntaCana Resort & Club, Casa de Campo, Cristal Beach Resort, Roco Ki, Sea Horse Ranch and Sea Tree Estates are mentioned as options for joining the style of the rich and famous in the DR.
For inquiries on luxury real estate in the DR, see http://dr1.com/realestate/
Dreams to open in Punta Cana
Dreams Resorts & Spas, the premier brand of AmResorts, the Apple Vacation affiliate, announces the December opening of its renovated Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa. This resort was formerly known as Sunscape The Beach Punta Cana. It will be the first Dreams property in the DR. The brand distinguishes itself for offering what it calls “unlimited-luxury”. The resort features what is described as the largest free-form swimming pool in the country that winds its way from the lobby down to the beach, complete with waterfalls, a swim-up bar and venues throughout. The brand also operates hotels in Mexico.

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