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October 18, 2011
  • Oscar de la Renta duty-paid store in Punta Cana
  • Non-stop from Lansing, Michigan to Punta Cana
  • Chicago Tribune recommends Cabarete
  • Samana boulevard opens 25 October
Oscar de la Renta duty-paid store in Punta Cana
Fashion brand Oscar de la Renta is set to open a duty-paid store in Punta Cana. This will be an evolution of its existing retail format targeted at a travel, destination lifestyle. The 100m2 (1,076sq ft) shop will have a "soft" opening at the five-star Tortuga Bay resort on 1 November.
As reported, the strategy is to develop a model, which the company can roll out to travel-retail markets both duty-free and duty-paid worldwide.
Oscar de la Renta CEO Alex Bolen told Duty Free News International Online: "Whereas at our Oscar de la Renta shops in New York or London you will find cocktail dresses and ball gowns, at our store in the Dominican Republic you will find kaftans, sandals and totes. We think this has huge potential for us and it is a market we are excited to tap into".
Bolen explained that the new store can be half the size of a typical Oscar de la Renta shop because they don't require all the space needed to hang ball gown and need the larger fitting rooms.
"The branding will not be different as it is still an Oscar de la Renta store and the merchandise can be found in the other outlets. The format will be finely tuned to balance the right mix of shoes and bags with beauty and apparel. Home and gift products will also be an important part of the model as it is a category the company has earmarked for development," he said.
Non-stop from Lansing, Michigan to Punta Cana
Lansing, Michigan residents will now be able to take a non-stop flight to Punta Cana. The flights depart from Capital Regional International Airport and are coordinated by Apple Vacations on Sun Country Airlines. The flights are being added for this winter season along with non-stops to Cancun, Mexico, and Montego Bay, Jamaica.
"Lansing worked hard to get the Sun Country service at their airport that does run seasonal non-stop flights to (these spots)", according to Peggy Riley, of Dolphin Vacations, a division of Professional Travel, in Grand Rapids. "The first year, (the Lansing airport) only offered Cancun, the second they added Jamaica, and this year they added Punta Cana."
Local travel agents have booked many of the seats for the Spring Break dates on these flights. Riley said Lansing is the only airport to offer these other than Chicago or Detroit.
"The flights to Montego Bay and Punta Cana operate once a week, and the service starts in December and operates through the first week of April," she said.
Remarkably, Riley said, one of the advantages of the Sun Country service is they rarely cancel a flight. Even in the worst snowstorms of last year, their flight departed from Lansing when others didn't.
Travel agents also can help travelers find hotels to stay at the night before and be taken to the airport for the flight, "just like in Detroit and Chicago," she said. For more information on these flights, see
Chicago Tribune recommends Cabarete
A feature in the travel section of The Chicago Tribune advises travelers to avoid the most popular Caribbean destinations and have a Plan B. The writer mentions the DR is known for "its bounty of inexpensive all-inclusive resorts," but then encourages travelers to head to Cabarete, calling it "excellent value in lodging found in an array of inns, hotels and all-inclusive resorts." Writer David Swanson recommends Cabarete for "its superior kiteboarding conditions", and activities like mountain biking, white-water rafting and canyoning. "The beachfront restaurants welcome barefoot dining; the youthful scene is easygoing, unpressured". The writer recommends Velero Beach Resort, "an attractive collection of 60 privately-owned condos, ranging from standard hotel-style rooms to two-and three-bedroom units with all the frills.",0,5035845.story
Samana boulevard opens 25 October
It will now take less than two hours to go from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas. The builders of the Boulevard Turistico del Atlantico (BTA) in Samana are ready for the 25 October opening of the new panoramic toll road connecting El Catey airport on the west side of the peninsula with the beaches of Coson, Playa Bonita and Las Terrenas. The panoramic road cuts driving time down to 20 minutes from the Autopista del Nordeste, the highway that links Las Americas Expressway in Santo Domingo with Samana. This means that visitors traveling to Samana hotels now have the option of arriving at Las Americas International.
The new road means that drivers heading for Las Terrenas no longer have to take the winding road that crosses the peninsula from Sanchez.

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