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April 13, 2010
  • New board at La Romana-Bayahibe Hotels Association
  • Rainieris to be honored at investment conference
  • Royal Slam record met with Cap Cana white marlin
  • Shakira records Dominican merengue
  • Benefit golf tournament
  • Ocean World special offers
New board at La Romana-Bayahibe Hotels Association
The La Romana-Bayahibe Hotels Association has announced its work plan for 2010-2012. This includes the future launch of the website explorelaromana.com and the development of promotional materials for the destination. The association is also working on developing new cultural and ecological routes, including two in the National Park of the East and another in Bayahibe.
Members of the association are: the hotels Dreams La Romana, Oasis Canoa, Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach, Viva Wyndham Dominicus Palace, Catalonia Gran Dominicus, Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus, Casa de Campo, La Estancia Golf Resort, Bahia Principe Nueva Playa La Romana, Cadaques Caribe, and also the La Romana International Airport, the Casa de Campo Touristic Port, the Bayahibe Electricity Company, Dominicus Americanus Ltd. real estate developer, Restaurante Lagos and Tropical Tours.
On the agenda is the implementation of social corporate responsibility programs to reach out to the community, and the promotion of waste disposal, forestation and training programs.
On the new board of director for 2010-2012 are:
- President: Casa de Campo (Luis Emilio Rodriguez)
- Vice President: Oasis Canoa (Pablo Jaureguizar)
- Secretary: Viva Wyndham Resorts (Massimo Carugati)
- Treasurer: Catalonia Gran Dominicus (Ivan Cunillera)
- Member: Iberostar Dominicus Hacienda (Yves Colman)
- Representative of the Non-Hotel Sector: Compania Electrica de Bayahibe (Antonio Martorell)
- Representative for the La Romana Bayahibe Tourism Cluster: Tropical Tours (Daniel Flaquer)
Rainieris to be honored at investment conference
Frank and Haydee Rainieri, founders of Puntacana Resort & Club, will be honored during the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference scheduled for 4-6 May 2010 in Puerto Rico. The Rainieris will receive the Bill Bissell Lifetime Achievement Award that honors individuals who have made a difference in the industry through their actions, contributions and great lifetime accomplishments in the Caribbean and beyond.
"Frank and Haydee's impact on Caribbean tourism - as well as their work on sustainability issues, social reform and education - is well known and is deserving of the entire region's respect," said Enrique De Marchena Kaluche, President of CHTA.
"The Caribbean owes a huge debt of gratitude to Frank Rainieri who founded the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) and served as our chairman for the first several years," said Sir Royston O. Hopkin, KCMG, CAST's current chairman.
Frank Rainieri is a renowned leader and visionary in the Dominican Republic and the Greater Caribbean. He is credited with pioneering the Punta Cana region's tourism product and developing Puntacana Resort & Club from 10 small bungalows in 1971 into one of the most exclusive and elegant tourist retreats in present day Dominican Republic. Haydee Rainieri is the current president of the National Association of Hotels & Restaurants (Asonahores).
Royal Slam record met with Cap Cana white marlin
Jack MacCluskey has become the youngest fisherman to catch all species billfish during the Dominican Republic's Royal Slam competition, local press reported on Sunday. MacCluskey completed his record by capturing two fish in two nations: a swordfish off the Florida Keys in the US and a striped white marlin off the coast of Cap Cana real estate and hotel development in the Punta Cana area.
MacCluskey is only 9 years old. Because of the extensive travel involved to achieve the Royal Slam, only 100 people worldwide have achieved the target, which took MacCluskey 10 months. The nine fish species are the spearfish, the swordfish, the black marlin, the striped white marlin both the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean versions of blue marlin and sailfish.
MacCluskey breaks a record set by Wes Davis, who was 10 when he set the record.
To qualify for the record, all fish must be caught and then released in line with the rules published by the International Game Fishing Association.
Shakira records Dominican merengue
Best-selling Colombian songstress and composer Shakira was in Santo Domingo over the weekend to record the track "Loca con su Tiguere" by Edward Bello, El Cata. The Dominican singer-songwriter recently won a Casandra Awards nomination for his innovative music. Shakira heard his music and came to put her voice to his lyrics. She visited with her boyfriend, Antonio de la Rua. Afterwards, she traveled to Haiti, in her role as UNICEF goodwill ambassador.
Benefit golf tournament
The Punta Cana International Airport and Hard Rock Cafe are sponsoring a benefit, "Sun & Fun Charity Golf Tournament" on 24 and 25 April at the La Cana and Corales golf courses at Puntacana Resort & Club. Funds will go to two corporate social responsibility programs sponsored by the Grupo Puntacana in the region. These are the Regional Youth Golf Program and the Coral Reef Protection Program, both under the Puntacana Ecological Foundation. The golf program encourages new talent among young people from the neighboring town of Veron. The coral reef program works to restore and protect coral reefs in the area and develop new attractions such as underwater museums.
On Saturday, 24 April, the tournament will be played in La Cana, designed by P.B. Dye. It will be a scramble tournament, in which each player takes their turn hitting the ball but the players choose which ball to hit next. On Sunday, 25 April, the tournament will be played at Corales, designed by Tom Fazio, but it will be a best ball tournament, where each person plays their own ball and the one with the lowest score is counted for the hole. The Corales course is scheduled for inauguration this month.
See www.dr1.com/directories/hotels/puntacana.shtml
Ocean World special offers
Through Friday, 30 April, Dominican tourists can enjoy special prices at Ocean World Park in Puerto Plata with a day entrance fee costing RD$1,225 for adults, and RD$875 for children aged 4-12. This includes diving underwater in the Tropical Coral Aquarium. It also includes swimming in the Tigers Grotto, separated only by a glass wall from the tigers, the dolphin, shark, sea lion and tropical birds shows, twice a day. Visits can be made to the tropical forest and the bird exhibition. It includes use of the Dolphins beach and facilities, and use of the Aquaglide slide for children over 6 who know how to swim. They can also take part in the educational classes to learn how they can contribute to marine preservation. Some restrictions apply.
For more on Ocean World spring programs, see www.dr1.com/directories/tourism/oceanworld_marina_casino_bravissimo.shtml

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