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November 8, 2011
  • New European flights this winter
  • Lifestyle adds Cofresi Palm Beach
  • Time for Santo Domingo
  • Punta Cana Poker Classic at Hard Rock Cafe Hotel Punta Cana
  • DR Jazz Festival
New European flights this winter
Condor has added a Vienna Schwechat (VIE)-Punta Cana (PUJ) flight every Wednesday with a plane with capacity for 270 passengers. The connection is also attractive to sun seekers from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. The destination is also served by Air Berlin.
Condor also began an extra frequency from Frankfurt to Punta Cana for a current total of 15 to the Dominican Republic.
Condor, based in Germany, flies scheduled leisure flights to the Dominican Republic as part of the Thomas Cook Group. The airline connects German airports to southern Europe, with a destination map that extends to Africa, Asia and the Americas. Many of Condor's flights are essentially charter flights ferrying vacation package holders away or back home.
Lifestyle adds Cofresi Palm Beach
Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club (LHVC), located in Puerto Plata on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, has added the new Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort property just adjacent to its core resort in Puerto Plata. The new property features 180 oceanside king and double suites, four restaurants including the signature Rodizio Brazilian Churrascaria, eight bars, a night club, theater, six swimming pools, one kids' pool with water slide, kids' art camp, Ying Yang Asian Spa, wedding gazebo, tennis and basketball courts. Members and guests staying at Cofresi Palm have access to LHVC resort activities and restaurants next door. Guests staying at LHVC also have the same reciprocal benefits at Cofresi Palm.
Visitors staying at the hotels are next door to the Ocean World Adventure Park with its daily animal and aquatic shows and casino. Other activities in the area include a cable car ride to the peak of Mount Isabel de Torres, white water rafting, horseback riding, deep sea fishing, boating, snorkeling, monster truck safaris and city tours of Puerto Plata.
Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Club, located on Cofresi beach and with majestic mountain views, features luxury accommodations, gourmet restaurants, cafes, swimming pools, daily activities, and concierge services for destination tours. Seven distinct developments include The Tropical, The Crown Suites, The Crown Villas, The Residence Suites, The Presidential Suites By Lifestyle, The Royal Suites and the new Cofresi Palm Beach & Spa Resort.
For more information, go to or call (809) 970-7777.
Time for Santo Domingo
The Inter-American Development Bank recently approved a US$30 million loan for improvements in the Colonial City that will be implemented by the Ministry of Tourism. The Colonial City Tourism Development Program seeks to recover and restore public spaces within the first European city in the Americas.
The Ministry of Tourism will implement a new program for the enhancement of the Colonial City as a major draw for tourists in the Dominican Republic. Santo Domingo nevertheless only receives 15% of the tourists who visit the Dominican Republic. A recent study also showed that only 13% of travelers who decide to visit the city stay one night, as most just come on a day tour.
Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia says this will change once the Autopista del Coral is completed later next year. The highway will put the city only two hours away from the beach and sun destination of Punta Cana where most tourists arrive for a week or two at the beach. Already, it is simple to combine a visit to many tourism destinations that are only two hours away, namely La Romana and Samana, with its new express toll roads.
The program also seeks to enhance the old city to incorporate new areas that through shopping and gastronomic and cultural experiences will become a new draw for more sophisticated European tourists who are more likely to spend and interact with the Dominican culture, rather than just sun and beach. Jorge Daries presented a study for the IDB recommending that the city needs to improve parking facilities, general upkeep, security and activities. Nevertheless, 79% of the tourists polled said they would return.
The IDB expects that with the development of the Colonial City, visits could increase from one million in 2010 to 1.6 million in 2020 and spending could go from US$91 million to US$191 million. Daries said that the developers also have to focus on the restoration of the adjacent Ozama River and the Malecon. He also called for reorganization of informal trade.
Minister of Tourism Javier Garcia said that the leading source markets for the DR continue to be the United States and Canada, with South America as the new emerging market. Tourism from Brazil is up 127%.
Punta Cana Poker Classic at Hard Rock Cafe Hotel Punta Cana
Heavy casino rollers are in Punta Cana for the Punta Cana Poker Classic 2011. This year's five-day Texas Hold'em poker event boasts a guaranteed prize pool of $500,000 and starts Wednesday, 9 November. This year it is hosted at the Hard Rock Cafe Hotel & Casino Punta Cana.
DR Jazz Festival
Now in its 14th year, the DR Jazz Festival takes place in Sosua and Cabarete from 9 to 12 November.
The schedule is Wednesday 9 November at the Parque Mirador Sosua (Calle sin salida), Thursday 10 November at the Amphitheater of Hotel Casa Marina in Sosua, Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November in Playa Cabarete. For the DR: Sabrina Estepan, Tes-A-T, Jovenes en Jazz, Xiomara Fortuna and Rando Camasta. International guest performers: Puerto Varas Jazz Sextet and Puerto Varas Big Band (Chile), Ismael Miranda (PR and USA), Tutti Druyan (Israel and USA), Gema Corredera (Cuba) and Jerry Medina & La Banda (PR and USA).

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