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August 18, 2009
  • Introducing Club Residence at Guavaberry
  • Los Corales Golf Course opening in October
  • Travel costs are the determining factor
  • New! Caribbean VIP Safari
Introducing Club Residence at Guavaberry
Developer Grupo Nolan held a launch party to introduce the first completed phase of "The Club Residences" at Guavaberry Golf & Country Club in Juan Dolio. The only villa project in the Juan Dolio/Guayacanes area, the first phase of "The Club Residences" consists of 10 one-family villas with modern comforts, private amenities, views of the Gary Player-designed golf course and easy access to Guavaberry's golf club.
Construction for the project's second phase of 17 villas is under way with completion scheduled for October 2009. At that time construction for the third phase will begin.
For more information contact Grupo Nolan at 809 202-2582 or visit www.collectionguavaberry.com.
Los Corales Golf Course opening in October
Los Corales at the Punta Cana Resort & Club announces the opening of its Tom Fazio-designed golf course for October 2009. A variety of short and long holes, holes playing into the breeze as well as down wind and a tremendous mixture of visual elements frame this new 18-hole, 7555 yard course.
The designer promises that playing Corales will be an experience to remember as it has no less than 7 holes where the ocean is in play at some point. Jay Overton is the resident golf director and pro. This is a membership course part of the Los Corales residential luxury development. Non-member green fees will be US$395.
This would be the second golf course owned by the Punta Cana Group. The first is La Cana Golf Club, Punta Cana Resort & Club.
Travel costs are the determining factor
According to the ADAC Travel Monitor, which is presented each year at ITB Berlin, 37.9% of German vacationers polled said value for money is the deciding factor when choosing a destination. This is up 2.8% compared with last year. Savings on ancillary holiday costs are also being sought by a growing number of vacationers, the actual figure being 5% more than in 2008.
According to Martin Buck, director of the Competence Centre Travel and Logistics at Messe Berlin, "there is no doubt that holiday travel is one of the basic needs of people in Germany. The good news for the travel industry is that, before Germans completely renounce holiday trips during difficult economic times, they will choose a destination that is within their budget."
It is therefore obvious that the cheaper vacation countries are proving popular with German visitors.
Within Europe it is Spain, with 10.6%, maintaining a narrow lead over Italy, with 10%. Austria is in third place with 6.8%.
The good news for the Caribbean is that despite the difficult economic situation long-haul travel seems to be almost as popular as ever. Compared with last year only 0.5% fewer Germans are planning a trip to far-off destinations. The USA still occupies the top spot, thanks to a weak dollar and the positive Obama effect.
To an increasing extent the price is the deciding factor for long-haul travellers too, with 28.3% of those questioned looking for tour operators who are offering cheaper deals. For trips within Europe 22% of travellers are seeking low-priced offers, while 15.8% are on the look out for bargains on holidays in Germany.
There are savings to be made across a broad front during the coming season. "In general holiday travel will be cheaper next winter", is the forecast by Martin Buck for travel over the next 6 months. "All the leading tour operators have announced price cuts averaging between 3 and 5%, due to falling hotel rates and air fares, and these savings will be passed on to the customers."
New! Caribbean VIP Safari
Bavaro Runners launched its Caribbean VIP Safari this July in time for the summer peak tourist season. This is the same company that introduced the very successful Ziplines Adventure side trip for travelers to the Punta Cana area two years ago.
Javier Ortiz Golibart, marketing manager, says the company particularly had in mind repeat travelers, who return to Punta Cana already have enjoyed one of their excursions.
The Caribbean VIP Safari is a premium excursion that combines culture with nature. Tourists visit Higuey and its La Altagracia Basilica, the largest cathedral in the Caribbean, for a cultural immersion. On the program also is a visit to a sponsored school, and to a typical country home to sample Caribbean fruits, roasted coffee, and cacao.
Tourists also visit the El Gato town from where they board a riverboat for enjoying a grilled lobster and fresh fish lunch while observing the majesty of Chavon River. They are shown the river sites where scenes of the Apocalypse Now and Rambo II were filmed.
The safari also takes tourists through the fields of Central Romana Corporation, the largest sugar cane plantation in the country, with a stop to taste freshly cut sugar cane. The excursion is also an opportunity to learn about Dominican tobacco, its traditions and see first hand how cigars are made. There is even time for a plunge into the river. Tourists travel on board 18-passenger trucks when on land.

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