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August 4, 2009
  • DR1Guide circulating
  • CHTA's Small Hotels Retreat
  • Port traffic expected to double
  • Holiday Inn set for 2 September opening
  • Golden Bear Lodge set for November opening
DR1Guide circulating
Santo Domingo now has its own much-needed tourist city guide. The DR1Guide Santo Domingo is now available free at large and small hotels in Santo Domingo and a selection of sites popular with tourists.
The full color illustrated guide tells visitors where to go and what to do from a local insiders' perspectives. Full of interesting articles on the capital city, the dr1guide Santo Domingo includes pictures, maps, nightlife, eating and shopping references, as well as detailed information on nearby beaches.
"At a time when many successful print publications are migrating to the Internet, dr1.com moves from its strong online position to bring our readers the DR1Guide Santo Domingo, first in a series of print publications that seek to capture the essence of Dominican destinations," says Dolores Vicioso, editorial director of the guide.
"The idea is to keep our visitors discovering what they shouldn't miss," says Vicioso. Behind the guide is the knowledge, experience and talent of the dr1 team, with project managers Thomas Murray and Lu Olivero making the guide happen and keeping it for the young at heart all throughout. Also key to the overall project are Robert Woolford, technical director, and Baldomero Quezada and Ken Harrington with their major design and photography contributions.
Complementing the printed version is a fully interactive website, offering expanded content, downloadable maps, photos, video, articles and much more at dr1guide.com
CHTA's Small Hotels Retreat
Enrique Eduardo De Marchena, president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), is inviting to the 2009 Small Hotels Retreat that this year will be held in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. He describes the event as "a crucial conference."
De Marchena says: "Next year is anticipated to bring some relief for the tourism sector, but we will be competing on a global level and must come together as a region to improve our image and market ourselves accordingly. Since small and independent hotels with 75 rooms or less comprise the majority of accommodations in the Caribbean, this two-day forum has been elevated from a 'good idea' to an 'absolute necessity."
The event is scheduled for the Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, St. Thomas, 30 Sept - 2 Oct.
While the event's primary audience is small hotels consisting of 75 rooms or less, the conference is open to all CHTA members. Last year 18 countries were represented at the retreat with approximately 84 hotel delegates.
The program includes invaluable seminars and discussions on marketing and operations.
Registration for the CHTA Small Hotels Retreat is US$150 for hotelier delegates and US$275 for non-hoteliers who pay by 1 Sept 2009. Registration increases to US$200 for hoteliers and US$325 for non-hoteliers after 1 Sept 2009. Day passes are available to hoteliers for US$125 per day for 1 Oct and 2 Oct 2009.
A special group rate of US$135 per night plus taxes (single or double occupancy) has been set at the Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort.
For complete details and to register for the Small Hotels Retreat, visit http://www.caribbeanhotelassociation.com/smallhotelsretreat.html
Port traffic expected to double
Operators of the Santo Domingo Port are expecting visitation on board cruiseships to the capital city port this year to double that arriving in the 2008-2009 season. For the 2009-2010 cruise season arrivals of around 150,000 passengers are expected.
Luis Molina, executive director of the Sans Souci Ports company that operates the port, said that last season 43 ships docked at the Port of Santo Domingo, proving its capacity and efficiency at world class standards. But this year they expect this to double to 80 ships.
The Port is able to handle two ships simultaneously at its east and west terminals.
The Santo Domingo Port provides easy access to the Colonial City monuments on the west side and the the attractions of the Columbus Lighthouse, Santo Domingo Aquarium and Three Eyes Cave and Boca Chica beach on the east side.
Holiday Inn set for 2 September opening
The 9-floor 141-room Holiday Inn, strategically located on Abraham Lincoln in the Piantini neighborhood, smack in the middle of the prime commercial and residential area of Santo Domingo, will be opening 2 September. Kenia Munoz, sales director for the hotel, says the soft opening will be on the 2nd, but a full opening is set for 6 October.
The hotel was originally envisioned as an affordable Holiday Inn Express brand with limited services. But Munoz explains that further studies showed their market demanded the full-services of a Holiday Inn.
She explained the hotel will offer a Mediterranean restaurant and bar lounge, business center and four meeting rooms, spa, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool on the top floor.
Local company Inverplata S.A. and the international IHG hotel chain are behind the construction of the Holiday Inn Santo Domingo. This is the second IHG property in Santo Domingo. The first IHG property is the InterContinental Quinto Centenario on the Malecon.
Golden Bear Lodge set for November opening
The Golden Bear Lodge & Spa of Cap Cana, inspired on the life of golfer Jack Nicklaus, will be the first of the Zoetry Collection of luxury hotels managed by the US hotel chain AmResorts.
The boutique resort, located in the Cap Cana tourism and residential development, is scheduled for a 1 November 2009 opening. It seeks to cater to discerning travelers and to offer fantastic tropical golfing for vacationers of all ages
It is set between the championship Punta Espada golf course and the Las Iguanas course, under construction. Punta Espada has been a stop on the PGA Tour's Champions Tour in 2008 and 2009.
Alex Zozaya, AMResorts' CEO and president; John Mullen, chairman of Apple Leisure Group; and Ricardo Hazoury, president of Cap Cana's board and vice president of the Abrisa Group of the DR, joined Nicklaus at his Philadelphia offices to make the announcement.

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