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July 12, 2011
  • Boca Chica hosts First International Optimist Regatta
  • Leading PR company launches new site
  • Preference for small hotels
  • Destination weddings
Boca Chica hosts First International Optimist Regatta
The Pre-World Optimist Sailing Championship for North America is taking place at the Santo Domingo Yacht Club in Boca Chica this week. The 2011 event, dubbed the First International Optimist Regatta, is being organized by the Dominican Sailing Federation.
The regatta began on 11 July and will continue through 17 July. The championship is helping prepare Dominican hosts for the 50th International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) World Sailing Championship that will take place at the same yacht club facilities 15-26 July 2012.
Andrea Garrochategui de Pacheco is the president of the tournament organizing committee.
70 competitors aged 8 to 15 from 17 countries are participating. Competitors have come from faraway countries including Argentina, Brazil, Great Britain, New Zealand, Spain and South Africa. The two recent South American champions and others who have participated in world competitions are vying to win the local sailing event.
10 competitors are on the Dominican team.
Leading PR company launches new site
Cicom, the leading Dominican tourism industry public relations company, launched its travel news site, Access Dominican Republic, on 12 July 2011. The URL for the website is
The new site features sections on news, gastronomy, culture, and visitor guides in several languages.
Preference for small hotels
The small hotels known as Bed & Breakfasts or boutique hotels have been catching on in the Dominican Republic. In recent years more have opened to offer comfort to independent travelers.
Now a recent report in YPartnership tells that the US traveling public is showing marked preferences for this type of accommodation and the reasons mentioned.
According to the newly released 2011 Portrait Of American Travelers™ of YPartnership, one out of every eight (13%) American leisure travelers stayed at a B&B or inn at least once during the previous year. This incidence rises to one out of six (17%) among leisure travelers with an annual household income of $125,000 or more. YPartnership reports that a remarkable eight out of ten (79%) leisure travelers express interest in staying at a B&B during the year ahead. The appeal is the distinctive ambiance of the small hotels.
More than half of the survey respondents said they enjoyed the private, less crowded, quiet ambience of the small inns, liked to try new things when traveling, felt the inns provided a better sense of the local culture, enjoyed the personalized service of the innkeepers, liked the architecture/decor of the inns and the home-cooked food.
They also gave high points to the comfortable bed/linens, the friendly staff, complimentary and freshly prepared breakfast, having time just to relax and unwind, knowledgeable innkeepers, and opportunities to taste different or unusual cuisines.
Destination weddings
A Chicago Sun Times publication points out the advantages of getting married abroad. As reported, destination weddings are one of the fastest-growing markets in the wedding industry in the United States. The growing interest is due to the fact that more people just don't want to go through the stress and expense of a big wedding at home. When choosing an all-inclusive resort, the on-site wedding planner takes charge of the organization and costs are reduced because guests will pay for their own food and drink through their vacation packages.
The report says that while Mexico leads the pack in term of popular sites, other leading destination wedding sites are Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Florida and Hawaii.
Travel agent Lisa Torgerson said that Punta Cana was for people who want to relax, and is first and foremost a beautiful setting.
Another advantage of the destination wedding is that it can turn into a weeklong party for friends and family.

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