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Information updated December 2009

April 20, 2010
  • Tourism pioneer dies
  • Tourism is all of us
  • New flights + real estate developments restart
  • La Romana website launched
  • Farr 40 World Championship 2010
  • Fernandez inaugurates Corales Golf
Tourism pioneer dies
Don Angel Miolan, who was the first director of tourism in the DR in 1967, at a time when the 20-room Hotel Hamaca was THE main hotel, died last week in Santo Domingo. He was 97 years old. "There have been many visionaries, but what made Angel Miolan stand apart was that he became a preacher for the tourism industry," commented Jaime Moreno of the National Competitiveness Council. "He would go everywhere expounding on the benefits of tourism, like an evangelist with bible in hand."
When tourism to the DR was practically non-existent, Miolan was appointed by then President Joaquin Balaguer to be director of tourism. Miolan played a key role in the founding of the Festival de Merengue on the Malecon in Santo Domingo.
On the occasion of his funeral, Listin Diario newspaper recalls that in his first year on the job, Angel Miolan was instrumental in trebling the number of visitors, to 45,400.
Nevertheless, those also were the years when the question: "Where are the tourists?" was continuously answered by the skeptical: "In Miolan's head."
But Miolan was proved right, as evidenced by the 4.5 million tourists who now visit 40 years later.
One of the founders of the PRD political party, Miolan went on to work as a conciliator in tourism as well as in politics. He is also recognized for organizing several national tourism conventions to bring stakeholders in the sector together for talks.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, he was responsible for developing President Joaquin Balaguer's awareness that the country had a great future in tourism. As a result, into the 1970s, Balaguer pushed several bills through Congress that set the base for the launch of the Dominican Republic as a leading Caribbean tourism destination.
Miolan is also recognized as being an exception among most leading Dominican politicians today. He remained loyal to the PRD until his dying day, and is recognized for his consensus-building skills. Money did not seem to be his main concern; his wealth was in his social capital. His funeral was paid for by his offspring, outstanding professionals in their own right, as the man who had lived with the country's development as his priority did not accumulate material wealth. He lived his life as testament to the notion that one can engage in politics for the common good and not for individual profit.
Tourism is all of us
Haydee Rainieri, president of the National Hotel & Restaurant Association, has highlighted the importance of the Dominican industry working together for its rightful place in the global industry. Rainieri said that despite its success, the DR product still needed to be recognized by leading tour operators with rates similar to those offered other destinations abroad with equal qualifications. The bulk of tourism in the DR is contracted by tour operators that sell the all-inclusive resorts nationwide. Rainieri said that by working together the Dominican tourism industry was able to withstand the decline in travel caused by the global financial crisis. 2009 ended with numbers similar to those in 2008, but this was helped by the Ministry of Tourism's major advertising campaign and hotels accepting cuts in tariffs. But Rainieri says this is not a sustainable model, and to keep providing quality and to remodel properties, prices need to be set according to product.
Speaking at the Dominican Annual Travel Exchange (DATE), Rainieri stressed that the DR is truly a destination that "has it all," as the DR is now marketed by the Ministry of Tourism. She says the country offers property and activities for all market segments. She mentioned the times when almost all property was in medium-priced all-inclusives are changing to diversity to property in luxury all inclusive, luxury non-all inclusive, vacation homes, small hotels, and more.
New flights + real estate developments restart
Speaking at the DATE event, Deputy Minister of Tourism Radhames Martinez stressed the continued arrival of new airlines and increasing frequencies. He commented on the ongoing trend of charter operations becoming regular operations. He mentioned the arrival of Gol, a low-cost airline from Brazil, Aeroflot from Russia, JetBlue from New York and Boston to Punta Cana, among other new arrivals, thanks to the country's open skies policy. Furthermore, he said the Ministry is experiencing renewed interest from developers in vacation home properties after the lull following the global financial crisis.
La Romana website launched
The La Romana Hotel Association has launched its web page at the Dominican Annual Travel Exchange in Punta Cana. The website is sponsored by the association in coordination with the Tourism Cluster of La Romana Bayahibe, directed by Kelly Robinson.
Announcing the website, Luis Emilio Rodriguez, president of the association, said: "Tourism is not about rooms, it is about involving the community, and the actions of all the players." He said the website hopes to share what the area has to offer with visitors.
Rodriguez recalled that La Romana is the country's oldest destination to formally seek visitors, when Casa de Campo opened over 40 years ago. He said Casa de Campo was a pioneer in the hotel industry, golf and real estate tourism, and continues to lead in the largest luxury real estate vacation development. He highlighted the fact that it is the only tourism destination where three provinces overlap - San Pedro de Macoris, La Romana and La Altagracia. He recalled that the destination is also where Italian tourism to the DR began, in the days when Dominicus (Bayahibe) got its start.
See www.explorelaromana.com
Farr 40 World Championship 2010
One of the most important regattas in the world starts tomorrow at the Casa de Campo Marina in La Romana. The Farr 40 World Championship 2010 is booked for the waters around the Marina Casa de Campo, from 21 April to 24 April. The event is being organized by Casa de Campo Yacht Club commodore Gianfranco Fini.
Farr 40 teams from Australia, Germany, Italy and the USA are competing.
Among the contenders is 2008 Rolex North American Champion Doug Douglass and his Goombay Smash (USA), Lisa and Martin Hill's Australian team Estate Master, and Italian Nerone (ITA), steered by Alberto Signorini. Also defending Rolex Farr 40 World Champion Jim Richardson's Barking Mad (USA), Italian team Enfant Terrible and Alessandro Barnaba's Fiamma from Italy, among others.
Fernandez inaugurates Corales Golf
President Leonel Fernandez was in Punta Cana on Friday for the formal opening of the Los Corales golf course in Puntacana Resort & Club. The golf course, which was designed by Tom Fazio, is the second in the Puntacana Resort & Club. Corales is a private course built as part of the Los Corales luxury residential community, but bookings to play the golf course can be made by guests at the Tortuga Bay or Puntacana Resort.
President Leonel Fernandez cut the symbolic ribbon marking the opening accompanied by Frank Rainieri, president of the Grupo Puntacana and Oscar de la Renta, shareholder in the company and one of the promoters of the new Corales development. Also attending was Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia.

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