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August 25, 2009
  • DR 1st runner-up in Miss Universe
  • Iberostate Bavaro set for November opening
  • Barahona gets tourism boost
  • Take a cruise from Santo Domingo
DR 1st runner-up in Miss Universe
Miss Dominican Republic, Ada Aimee de la Cruz, a professional model, was voted first runner-up in the Miss Universe Pageant held 23 August in the Bahamas. If necessary, she will step in for Miss Stefania Fernandez of Venezuela, who won the 2009 title. This is the second highest placement in a Miss Universe contest by a Dominican. In 2003, Amelia Vega was voted Miss Universe.
Iberostate Bavaro set for November opening
The 18-hole Iberostate Bavaro Golf Club at the Iberostate Bavaro Villas & Condos Golf Resort is scheduled for a 1 November opening. This is part of the Iberostar properties located in Arena Gorda (Punta Cana). Iberostate is Spanish hotel chain Iberostar's international real estate division that specializes in residential developments (golf villas and condos) within resort complexes.
The Iberostate golf course is packaged to tourists staying at the Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominicana and Grand of the Iberostar chain. The course has a driving range. It was designed by PB Dye. Course director is Fernando Cuesta.
The course promises a perfect climate, finest and most carefully maintained installations, great care in the vertical movement of the course and interesting work with stone and rocky materials, to create the setting for enjoying a golf match and improving handicaps. The course promoters encourage their players to "allow yourself to fall under the spell of this new seaside golf course".
Also scheduled for opening this year in the area, are the 18-hole Los Corales private membership course at Los Corales in Punta Cana Resort & Club in October. Next the first 9 holes will be playable in late November at Cana Bay part of the Moon Palace resort complex, also in Arena Gorda, Punta Cana. Cana Bay was designed by Jack Nicklaus Design company.
Barahona gets tourism boost
Hotelier Polibio Schiffino of Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge, a Small Luxury Hotels of the World boutique hotel, says Barahona has the geographical characteristics to complement the "sun and beach" so traditional to Dominican tourism. On occasion of the start of scheduled flights into Barahona's Maria Montez International Airport, Schiffino said: "Barahona give something more than sun and beach, plus the marvels of a natural countryside that is marvelous, full of contrasts between the sea, the mountains and an impressive geographical diversity."
The hotelier pointed out that Barahona can offer tourists unique visits to some very singular places: The Neiba National Park, the Magnetic Pole, the Jaragua National Park, Lake Enriquillo and the Cabritos Island National Park. In addition there are the Larimar mines, the Bahia de las Aguilas bay, and the Hoyo of Pelempito, the natural depression. He also mentioned Barahona has the only biosphere reserve in the Caribbean. It is made up of Lake Enriquillo, the Bahoruco Mountains and the Barahona Peninsula. Biosphere reserves are special ecological systems that combine land and sea features recognized by the Man and the Biosphere Program of the UNESCO.
Schiffino, a pioneer of tourism in the region, said that the new flight is a great boost to tourism in the region moving. The M&N Aviation Services flight will offer regular flights to Maria Montez on a 19-seat airplane on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. M&N Aviation Services is located at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Take a cruise from Santo Domingo
Pacific Dream (Pullmantur) is departing Santo Domingo for an 8 Day/7 Night cruise of eastern Caribbean this fall and early winter. The cruiseship will make stops in Barbados, Martinica, Guadaloupe, St. Maarten, Tortola and Santo Domingo. A promotional price of US$287.28 plus taxes and charges for Saturday departures in October (3, 10, 17, 24, 31) is being marketed to local passengers originating in Santo Domingo. Other departures are in November (7, 14, 21, 28), December (5, 12, 19, 26), January 2010 (2, 9, 16, 23, 30), February (6, 13, 20, 27) and on 6 March. This is a tour with a Latin feel to it throughout. Alcoholic beverages are included in the prices.
Pacific Dream, Pullmantur Cruises' new 46,811-ton ship with capacity for 1,875 passengers, went into service in 2009.
In Santo Domingo, contact [email protected] or call 809 685-0102, Ext. 279

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