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March 8, 2011
  • AMResorts + NH Hoteles in Punta Cana
  • Ferry begins service 16 March
  • Punta Cana Carnival 2011
  • Optimist sailing at the Santo Domingo Yacht Club
AMResorts + NH Hoteles in Punta Cana
The Spanish hotel company, NH Hoteles and AMResorts, operator of Zoetry, Secrets, Dreams brands operating in the DR have signed an agreement for developing "a new formula of collaboration, brand management and hotel management in the Dominican Republic".
The pilot plan for this alliance will be implemented in two NH Hoteles properties both located in Playa Bavaro area of Punta Cana. As of 1 May, the NH Royal Beach and NH Real Arena will be operated by NH under the AMResorts' luxury brands Secrets Resorts & Spas and Now Resorts & Spas.
AMResorts announced it would be taking charge of sales, marketing and brand management services.
"We are proud of this strategic alliance with NH Hoteles, leader in the hotel industry in Europe, that allows us to maximize on the commercial and management synergies between both companies," said Alex Zozaya, president and CEO of AMResorts.
Francisco Zinser, chief operating officer of NH Hoteles, said: "We are especially satisfied about the agreement reached with AMResorts, the North American company leader in the luxury leisure market in the Caribbean, which presents an excellent opportunity to further develop and enhance both properties from a commercial point of view."
Ferry begins service 16 March
Caribbean Fantasy resumes ferry service from Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic this coming 16 March. The cruise is operated by America Cruise Ferries, a French, Mexican and Dominican company. The ferry replaces the Caribbean Ferries that provided the service until its suspension in June 2010.
The new ferry has capacity to transport 1,100 passengers and a combination of 165 freight containers and 70 vehicles.
This is an eight-hour trip. The Caribbean Fantasy will depart from the Pan-American terminal in San Juan every Monday at 8am. On Wednesdays and Fridays it will depart from Mayaguez at 9pm.
It will arrive in Santo Domingo on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It will depart to San Juan every Thursday and on Sundays to Mayaguez.
The introductory rates are US$169 for departures from Mayaguez and US$189 for departures from San Juan.
Ferries del Caribe, its predecessor, transported 230,000 passengers from 2008 to 2009, and 271,000 passengers from 2009 to 2010.
Punta Cana Carnival 2011
This Saturday 12th March from 4pm onwards, the 1 de Noviembre Boulevard at Punta Cana Village is the setting for the 4th Punta Cana carnival procession featuring carnival troupes from all over the Dominican Republic followed by a live performance by a top Dominican band. Los Hermanos Rosario are booked for the warm-up concert on Friday night, 11 March, in the Galerias Comerciales area of Punta Cana Village.
Optimist sailing at the Santo Domingo Yacht Club
To prepare to host the 50th International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) World Sailing Championship (15-26 July 2012), the Santo Domingo Yacht Club will host a Pre-World Championship for the North American continent. The event is booked for 11-17 July in Boca Chica and around 100 young competitors from the Americas are expected. The Optimist is the first sailboat for sailors wanting to learn to sail at an early age.
Both the pre-world and the world events are organized by the Santo Domingo Yacht Club and the Dominican Optimist Association (ADO) with the support of the Dominican Sailing Federation. Andrea Garrochategui de Pacheco is the president of the tournament organizing committee.
The Dominican Republic successfully hosted the IODA North American Optimist Championship from 30 June to 8 August last year, attended by competitors between the ages of 6 to 15 from 23 countries around the world.
The DR won the right to host the World Optimist Championship in July 2012 at the same Santo Domingo Yacht Club. For that event, around 300 child and youth sailors from 70 countries are expected. This would be the most important sailing event to take place in the Dominican Republic.
The Santo Domingo Yacht Club boasts brand new facilities. The area provides lodging for those coming for the event, and is 15 minutes from Las Americas International Airport. Even better, the site is half an hour from the capital city of Santo Domingo and its Colonial City and a world of restaurants, plus just half an hour from the Juan Dolio beaches and the world of golf and beach of La Romana and Bayahibe. The event is especially attractive to families that may come for sailing and stay on for an additional family vacation week at one of the country's many all-inclusive resorts.
The DR won the site for the championship competing against finalists from Malaysia, Denmark and Qatar on the promise of the good weather in Santo Domingo, and the strengths of the venue and the location.

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