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June 14, 2011
  • Avianca adds Bogota-Punta Cana
  • Miami Dolphins cheerleaders film 2012 swimsuit calendar here
  • Salamander Hospitality in the Dominican Republic
  • Puerto Ricans win fishing tournament
  • Electronic music in Juan Dolio
Avianca adds Bogota-Punta Cana
Avianca has announced the start of its twice a week Bogota-Punta Cana-Bogota flight on 20 July linking the Colombian capital to the beach resorts of the east coast. The flights will be on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The airline will fly Airbus A319s with capacity for 120 passengers, including 12 in business class. Avianca already flies between Bogota and Santo Domingo four times a week, landing at the Las Americas International Airport.
Upon making the announcement, Avianca president Fabio Villegas Ramirez said the plan was to motivate more people to travel from South America to the Punta Cana area, world famous for its leisure and pleasure attractions.
He said the new schedules would also allow more efficient connections from Bogota to Caracas, Quito, Panama, Sao Paulo, Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires, as well as to the principal cities in Colombia.
Miami Dolphins cheerleaders film 2012 swimsuit calendar here
22 Miami Dolphins cheerleaders were in Puerto Plata for a photo shoot from 16-24 May. The Ministry of Tourism says that the Miami Dolphins chose the eco-rich area for the filming and photography for their sexy Cheerleader Swimsuit Calendar. Several features for the Dolphin Digest publication and television specials were also prepared, focusing on the beaches, historic attractions and water sports of the north coast. Scenes were filmed in Puerto Plata, Cofresi, Cabarete and Sosua.
"The Puerto Plata region's amazing sun, sea and sand will make a memorable setting for the Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders swimsuit calendar," said Magaly Toribio, Deputy Minister of International Promotion for the DR Ministry of Tourism. "Puerto Plata offers visitors so many authentic Dominican experiences to discover and savor including vibrant history, breathtaking scenery, contemporary and de-luxe resorts, and unlimited eco-adventures making it the perfect film location," she stressed.
The cheerleaders and filming crew were housed at the Iberostar Costa Dorada hosted the cheerleaders providing a distinct flavor of Dominican culture, elegance.
The Ministry announced that a first television special would air in September on
Miami's CBS 4 featuring behind-the-scene images of the cheerleaders and their travels throughout the Puerto Plata area.
The swimsuit calendar will debut at Barnes & Noble and Calendar Club this September, while online calendar sales will commence in August. In the meantime, you can read the cheerleaders' diaries and view exclusive clips of their experiences in Puerto Plata at:
Salamander Hospitality in the Dominican Republic
The Punta Cana area is expected to generate even more attention these days. Sheila C. Johnson of the WNBA Washington Mystics is betting on the area. Salamander Hospitality has chosen to open the Fishing Lodge Cap Cana. The property will be managed as a Salamander Resort Marina. The new hotel will include 302 villas with marina views. Of these, 220 will be available to resort guests. A second property, Ocean Club Cap Cana will open in 2012 as a 92-room boutique style hotel, located where the marina meets the Caribbean Sea. Guests and owners at the property will enjoy children's activities, boat rentals, sport fishing and nautical provisioning. The Fishing Lodge seeks to cater to all guest types and stays - from family reunions to executive group retreats. Guests will have access to the Punta Espada Jack Nicklaus signature golf course and club. They will also be close to the P.B. Dye and Tom Fazio courses at the nearby Punta Cana Resort & Club.
The Fishing Lodge Cap Cana is scheduled to open October 1, 2011
"This is a different type of Dominican resort destination, one that offers numerous experiences within a Mediterranean seaside setting, an energetic centralized location and freedom from traditional boundaries," said Sheila C. Johnson, founder and CEO of Virginia-based Salamander Hotels & Resorts. Upon making the announcement she said that the resort owner, Corporacion Hotelera Del Mar (CHM) has created an iconic destination. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to develop a long-lasting relationship with the Dominican people. Our company philosophy will be to hire from within the country - from senior management to hourly employees," she has said.
"The Dominican Republic is a fantastic choice for groups and meetings," said Prem Devadas, president of Salamander Hotels & Resorts, who has personally developed and managed four independent Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond properties.
Special introductory guest rates of US$129-599 per night at Fishing Lodge Cap Cana are available from October 1-December 31, 2011, ranging across all styles and sizes of accommodation options. Usual rates range from US$275-725 per night.
The official opening date is 1 October 2011, but bookings will begin to be taken in July at [email protected]
Puerto Ricans win fishing tournament
Anglers from Puerto Rico bested Dominican crews and walked off with all the trophies at the 46th International White Marlin Fishing Tournament, the leading event organized by the Santo Domingo Yacht Club at their Cabeza de Toro facility. The visiting fishermen were impressed by the large number of fish that were captured and released, as per tournament rules. The Puerto Rico Light Tackle Team (PRLT I) caught 13 fish, for a leading 1,300 points. Fishermen Carlos Garcia, Bruno Rodriguez and Eugenio Belabel won the main tournaments of the event held last weekend. In second place, Los Frescos, also from Puerto Rico, won second place with 1,100 with Puerto Rican fishermen Luis Dordova, Jorge Muro and Richard Matos Senior. Third place went to the San Juan Shopping Center team, made up by Eduardo Read, Jesus Montero and Ignacio Cruz.
In the individual events, Puerto Rican Angel Muntaner won the first place with 800 points, followed by Dominican Domingo Viyella with 700 points.
Summer is the best time of year for fishing in the southern and eastern Caribbean.
Electronic music in Juan Dolio
Hotel Coral Costa Caribe is hosting two electronic music evenings on the beach. From 22-23 June, the Caribbean Music Festival (CMF) will bring six international DJs for two days of practically non-stop music. Coming for the event are Hardwell, James Zabiela, 16 Bits Lolitas, Steve Bugs and Desyn Massielo. Local DJs include Karlanton, Lui, Hyper, Namnum, Dimitri Mi Jailov, Manuel Alliata, Miguel Duarte and Gabriel Peralya.

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