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September 8, 2009
  • Puntacana Resort to receive Conde Nast Traveler award
  • Asonahores honors its own
  • Coral adds Vista Mare
  • Remodeling the Barcelo Golf
Puntacana Resort to receive Conde Nast Traveler award
Puntacana Resort & Club executives will be recognized in an award ceremony in New York for their education programs later this month at the Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Congress. The Punta Cana development pioneers won the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler World Savers Award.
"Despite these challenging economic times, corporate social responsibility is as important as ever," editor-in chief Klara Glowczewska says. The awards honor travel companies around the world for their leadership in social responsibility in five key areas: poverty alleviation, cultural and/or environmental preservation, education programs, wildlife conservation and health initiatives. "Sustainable travel has gone mainstream," says the magazine editor.
The Puntacana Group sponsors public and private schools in Punta Cana, on the East Coast. The Puntacana International School opened in 2000 to offer private bilingual education. The company also sponsors the Ann and Ted Kheel Polytechnical School, a public middle school, with model education for 300 students from the communities of Veron, Bavaro, Cortecito and Cabeza de Toro in the Punta Cana area. Both schools were created to serve the children of company workers, but are also open to the residents in the area.
Asonahores honors its own
The National Hotel & Restaurant Asociation (Asonahores) and its Ladies Committee recognized the support of the Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia, and that of several hotel general managers and industry executives during the 23rd Trade Show.
Javier Garcia was recognized for the 6.66% increase in 2008 in arrivals, increase in arrivals from emerging destinations, increase of 65% in maritime visitors, and promotional campaigns, including the new "Dominican Republic Has It All."
Also recognized were Radhames Martinez, Enrique Zapata, Alberto Smith, Alberto Abreu, Carlos Jimenez Ruiz, Ignacio Subias.
The hotels Grand Oasis Marien, Iberostar Costa Dorada, Natura Park were recognized for receiving the Blue Flag European beach management certification.
Barcelo Bavaro Casino, Sirenis Tropial Suites, Casa de Campo and Bahia Principe Clubs & Resorts were acknowledged for receiving the Check Safety First certification in 2008.
During the event, Asonahores recognized the Tortuga Bay for its Leading Hotels of the World award, and the 5 Diamond Stars, as well as for its chef being awarded by the French Culinary Academy. The Puntacana Resort & Club was also recognized for the award it had received from the World Tourism & Travel Council for efforts towards sustainable tourism, among others.
Coral adds Vista Mare
Coral Hospitality Corporation that manages hotels and condominium resorts has added the operation of Vista Mare condominium. Julio Llibre signed for Coral, and Alfonso Lomba for Vista Mare. Coral operates the Costa Caribe all inclusive resort in Juan Dolio, the Stanza Mare condominium project in El Cortecito, Punta Cana that opened 1 September, and the Aquamarina and Founders condominiums already operating in Cap Cana.
Vista Mare is located in a small bay in Samana. It is set to open in time for the winter 2009 season.
Remodeling the Barcelo Golf
Barcelo Golf in Punta Cana is being remodelled. The course, originally designed by Spaniard Juan Manuel Gordillo, had opened in 1991 and then was the first in the region. The course is now only operating as an 9-hole course. Holes 10-18 are being remodelled. Golf architect PB Dye is responsible for the new design. Plans are to close holes 1-9 in March for the remodelling. Then the course would open its full 18 holes in time for the winter season.

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