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December 22, 2009
  • Beyonce cancels Santo Domingo concert
  • Casa de Campo's new look
  • New NH hotel for winter
  • Cap Cana Championship Pro-Am announced
  • November travel up
Beyonce cancels Santo Domingo concert
US singing star Beyonce, who received 10 Grammy nominations for the awards that will be delivered in Los Angeles on 31 January, has cancelled her appearances in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo this coming March. She was to have appeared as part of her 2010 World Tour.
Casa de Campo's new look
Casa de Campo is as good as new as of Tuesday, 22 December. The hotel has reopened following a major renovation of its rooms and suites, and a fully remodeled lobby. Also unveiled was La Cana Restaurant & Lounge by Il Circo, a fine dining restaurant with both indoor and al fresco dining, managed by the Maccioni family of Le Cirque in New York. This is the Maccioni family's second venture at Casa de Campo, following the beautiful Beach Club by Le Cirque at the resort's Minitas Beach. The fitness center has been refurbished and a new Montecristo Cigar Lounge has been added.
The new "elite" rooms feature a modern look, while maintaining the use of rich mahogany woods and Coralina stone. The rooms are equipped with 42 Led flat screen TVs and Blu-ray players and cable. Other features are alarm clock radios with dual dock for iPods and iPhones and high-speed, wireless Internet.
The new main area with its grand open spaces makes the absolute most of the surrounding natural Caribbean beauty in a minimalist design.
The main pool area has been completely renovated to include trellised platforms for early morning and late afternoon yoga classes, and shaded seating areas in natural woods and white canopies and cushions.
"Casa de Campo set the benchmark for luxury travel in the Caribbean" said general manager Alberto Grau, "and we are very excited to continue this fine reputation into the future."
New NH hotel for winter
Spanish hotel chain NH has opened its second hotel in the Punta Cana area. The NH Royal Beach has 373 rooms and its royal suites are targeting affluent tourists. It is an adults-only hotel. The all-inclusive property seeks to attract weddings, honeymooners and family and friend reunions. Rooms operate under the Club Paradise, VIP luxury all-inclusive modality. The NH Royal Beach will open next door to the chain's NH Real Arena, both centrally located in Bavaro. It is marketed under the NH Luxury Resorts brand for premium service at all-inclusive resorts.
Cap Cana Championship Pro-Am announced
Put the date in your diaries. From 22-28 March, the PGA Tour Champions Tour, the Cap Cana Championship will be held at the Punta Espada Golf Course. In its third year at Cap Cana, the championship will be bringing over a selection of some of the best golfers from all around the world to play the top rated Jack Nicklaus signature course. Keith Fergus won the Cap Cana PGA Tour Champions Tour last year. The event is regarded as one of the most important sporting events in the DR.
November travel up
The Ministry of Tourism reports that non-resident travel to the DR in November was up 6.09%. Dominican expatriate travel was up 16.67% and foreign tourist travel was up 4.49%. Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia says that there has been a definite trend for recovery in the travel sector since September. In November, 284,824 foreign tourists visited the country, 16,355 more than the 286,469 who visited in 2008. Of the total, 41,167 were Dominicans living abroad, compared to 35,284 last year. Foreign tourist arrivals totaled 243,472 compared to 233,185 in 2008, for a 4.49% increase. Javier Garcia forecast that the year would end with the total number of arrivals exceeding expectations.

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