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December 15, 2009
  • Punta Cana Airport gets financing
  • Nouvelles Frontieres Hotel Club in Punta Cana
  • Moon Palace to become a Hard Rock Hotel
  • Punta Cana top destination
Punta Cana Airport gets financing
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank, is to finance the US$20 million expansion of the Punta Cana International Airport, the busiest in the Dominican Republic. The expansion work will include the construction of a new runway and roll out areas, giving the airport the capacity to receive larger aircraft, increase passenger numbers and service more European destinations, according to a press release from the Airport Corporation of the East (CAE).
The airport, built in 1984, received 3.2 million passengers during the first 10 months of the year, and served 43.2% of all passengers in the Dominican Republic. It primarily serves tourists flying into resorts in the Punta Cana tourist destination in the East Coast.
The IFC financing will be combined with a US$10 million loan from the Dominican Mortgage Bank (BHD), one of the four major financial institutions in the country.
Nouvelles Frontieres Hotel Club in Punta Cana
Leading French tour operator Nouvelles Frontieres has announced the opening of the first Nouvelles Frontieres Hotel Club in the country, a US$30 million property. Jean-Marc Siano, president of the board of Nouvelles Frontieres and Peter Long, president of TUI Travel visited for the opening. Siano said that they opened in the DR "because we know the professionalism and excellence of hotel operations in the country."
Jean Luc Oizan Chapon,of Inversiones Waterville and formerly of Club Med, was at the ground breaking ceremony of the 215-room hotel in Uvero Alto, in the northern section of Punta Cana on the east coast. He said that the French are also looking into investing in Montecristi.
The hotel will be operated as a four-star property in the all-inclusive model.
Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia represented the Dominican government at the opening.
www.nouvelles-frontieres.fr/voyages_sejours/...
Moon Palace to become a Hard Rock Hotel
Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and Palace Resorts, with resort holdings in the Caribbean, will re-brand the Moon Palace Golf Resort & Spa located near Macao Beach in northern Punta Cana by spring 2010. The 1,800-room Moon Palace, a Mexican investment, will be renamed Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana.
A central attraction of the hotel will be its 48,000 square feet of gaming space, with a high-limit poker room, a VIP lounge, and a race and sports book, along with 457 slot machines and 40 tables, making it the largest in the Dominican Republic. Games will include baccarat, blackjack, craps and roulette.
"As one of the world's most successful gaming operators, we look forward to bringing the excitement of US-style gaming and our industry expertise to the Dominican Republic," said Jim Allen, Chairman, Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment. "Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana will quickly become the premier gaming destination in the Caribbean."
Nearby, the Westin Roco Ki is also scheduled to open in 2010.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana will combine Hard Rock's signature "Rock Star" suites with Moon Palace Resort's signature all-inclusive luxury accommodations, including double Jacuzzis and double showers. The property will also feature an extensive collection of Hard Rock's authentic music memorabilia, highlighting both international and local artists, as well as incorporating diverse music genres throughout.
"We're eager to bring the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino brand to the Dominican Republic, and we look forward to establishing this property as a premier vacation and gaming destination in the Caribbean," said Hamish Dodds, president and CEO, Hard Rock International.
The property will be fully equipped to handle the largest events, from full-sized rock'n'roll performances to small, intimate occasions. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana will feature more than 65,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space, equipped with state-of-the-art technology. For those looking to celebrate a rockin' romance, the hotel will have numerous eye-catching locations throughout the resort, including three floating wedding pavilions.
Guests will be able to enjoy 11 expansive pools, four swim-up bars, a dedicated kids pool and a lazy river. The 15,000 square-foot Body Rock fitness center, the Xtreme Center's rock climbing wall, two tennis courts, mini-golf, billiards, ping pong and various other table games will keep even the most active guests entertained. Hard Rock's smallest guests will also have the benefit of a dedicated Kids Club offering daily activities and childcare services. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana's guests will have access to an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course spread over 155 acres with 7,200 yards of amazing golf.
Retail outlets, including Hard Rock's signature Rock Shop, a 1,200-seat amphitheater and the Caribbean's most expansive spa, will round out the vacation experience. Hard Rock's signature "Rock Spa" is a 60,000 square-foot facility with 48 spa suites, including 11 total indoor and outdoor couples' suites and two Golden VIP Suites, and one of the world's most complete hydrotherapy circuits. Additional services include a beauty salon with kids' salon services and a wedding suite.
The Hard Rock brand has two successful Hard Rock cafe franchises, one in Santo Domingo in front of the Columbus Park and in Palma Real Shopping Mall in Bavaro.
Punta Cana top destination
Punta Cana has been voted one of the top destinations to visit in 2010 by Travel Mole' s "Top Ten 2010 destinations." The continually growing area of Punta Cana ranked fifth on the list, which included Cape Town, Istanbul, Vancouver and New York. "Known for its golf and spa facilities, the island is one of the best-kept property secrets in recent times."
www.travelmole.com/stories/1139508.php

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