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December 1, 2009
  • Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada reopens
  • DR at spiritual tourism festival
  • Moving ahead with Metro's Las Olas
  • UK press reports on Punta Cana
Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada reopens
Expect new-and-improved to be the standard throughout the Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada in Puerto Plata. The hotel reopens Friday, 11 December, announced sales and marketing vice president Amanda Santana. Major improvements have been made to the rooms, the lobby and the pool area, and the Las Palmas buffet restaurant has been completely redecorated.
Viva Wyndham Playa Dorada is located in the Playa Dorada hotels and golf complex in Puerto Plata. It has 204 rooms, three bars, a snack bar and three restaurants, including two a-la-carte restaurants. The hotel caters to couples and families, with a kids' club and children's pool, complete gym with sauna, sports area with tennis, basketball and volleyball area, plus all the watersports available in the Playa Dorada area.
In Puerto Plata province, Viva Wyndham also operates the Viva Tangerine in Cabarete. On the southeastern coast of the DR, the chain operates the Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach & Palace in Bayahibe.
DR at spiritual tourism festival
For the first time the Dominican Republic will have a stand at the II Edition of JOSP Fest, Journeys of the Spirit Festival, which embodies a new and in-demand way of traveling. The event will be held at the New Rome Fairs Grounds in Rome from the 14 - 17 January. The Festival is described as "an event that promotes pilgrims and the experiences they go through when they journey with their heart and soul".
The Dominican Embassy in the Vatican, in Rome, is coordinating the local participation.
The 4-day Festival will present the value-grounded tourism involving journeys to religious and cultural destinations that also have a social and ethical component. The destinations include the main pilgrimage destinations, but also the ancient walkways and roads of Italy, Spain and Europe, as well as the Middle East. These destinations not only help pilgrims to reflect and grow, but they also increase the value of the local territories and the communities of people who live there.
JOSP Fest highlights these destinations and through a series of seminars, workshops and roundtable discussions, a synergy is created among the different options that exist today ensuring that they all contain the ingredients of value-grounded tourism.
To help the tourism industry, for the first time the Festival will also be holding the JOSP trade workshop, focused on business-to-business opportunities. The workshop will begin with presentations of proposals linked to the world of pilgrimages and "Journeys of the Spirit." Then a group of national and international buyers selected by festival organizer Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi (ORP) will meet with the tourism operators exhibiting at JOSP Fest in an effort to help grow and expand their operations.
An estimated 100,000 attendees are expected to visit over 400 stands at the event.
Moving ahead with Metro's Las Olas
Group Metro has announced a US$35 million growth capital investment with Portland Private Equity. The funds are earmarked for the Las Olas oceanfront condominium complex in Juan Dolio, allowing the company to further develop the project.
Located in Juan Dolio, 35kms from Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Dominican Republic, and 15kms from the Las Americas International Airport, Las Olas is a 16-level Art Deco style beachfront condominium with 227 spacious apartments with panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. Residents will also have exclusive membership to the nearby Metro Country Club, which features an expansive Clubhouse, the Las Marlins 18-hole golf course, mini golf, tennis courts, swimming pools, restaurants, preferential access to the in-resort Embassy Suites Hotel, and much more.
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UK press reports on Punta Cana
The launch of a direct British Airways flight from London to Punta Cana has brought several members of the British press who have come to check out the destination for British readers. Read the first British press articles that have appeared in The Independent, The Telegraph, The Daily Express and The Sun.

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