Insider Secrets To Cheap Flights and Hotel Reservations
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Downsized Travel Agent Reveals ALL!

April 24, 2012
  • Air Caraibes
  • Westin Punta Cana by 2013
  • More new hotels
  • DR is the Miami Marlins' tourism destination
  • Carlina Duran, Miss Dominican Republic
Air Caraibes
The newest option for flying to Paris is Air Caraibes. The airline seeks to win passengers over from competitors Iberia and Air France with introductory fares as low as US$299 + taxes, or US$870 round trip with taxes. Air Caraibes has three flights a week departing from Las Americas International Airport.
Westin Punta Cana by 2013
At the DR DATE tourism marketing event in Punta Cana last week, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide announced the signing of a franchise agreement for the operation of the first Westin hotel in the Dominican Republic. Construction on The Westin Puntacana Resort is scheduled to begin this summer with an opening planned for the winter of 2013.
"The Westin Puntacana Resort is a highly anticipated addition to our growing resorts portfolio, offering travelers a refreshing, island retreat on one of the most popular islands in the Caribbean," said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader for Westin Hotels & Resorts. "The new resort will offer all of the Westin brand's signature programs and amenities, designed to inspire wellbeing and send guests home feeling better than when they arrived."
The 204-room resort would be built minutes away from the Punta Cana International Airport within the Playa Blanca area of Puntacana Resort & Club. Westin announces that guests would have access to three miles of white sand beaches, 45 holes of championship golf, nine restaurants, the Six Senses Spa and the 1,500-acre ecological reserve. The hotel itself will feature 16 suites, meeting and wedding facilities, a children's club and walking trails.
The Westin Puntacana Resort will be the second Starwood property to open in the Dominican Republic. Construction is advanced on the 122-room Four Points by Sheraton Puntacana Village Hotel scheduled for opening in October.
Westin was to have operated the RocoKi resort in Macao in northern Punta Cana, but financial difficulties have put its completion on hold.
More new hotels
DR DATE served as a platform to make the point that there is a boom in hotel construction in the Dominican Republic. Several of the hotels under construction in Santo Domingo are: the Silver Sun Gallery Mall, formerly Diandy XX (corner of Tiradentes and Gustavo Mejia Ricart), JW Marriott at the Blue Mall, Boutique Hotel at Novocentro at Lope de Vega with 125 rooms as of floor 11 of Novocentro Mall.
The BQ Princess Hotel & Casino now operates the hotel and Gold disco with 102 rooms at 27 de Febrero and Nunez de Caceres avenues.
Santo Domingo is preparing for an influx of visitors now that the Coral Highway is scheduled for completion this summer, linking the city to La Romana, about an hour away, and Punta Cana some two hours away.
During the conference, the operation of Millennium in Cabarete, Puerto Plata was announced as a deluxe operation on the beach.
In Punta Cana, the opening of the Four Points Sheraton in Punta Cana Village this year, and the announcement of the franchise operation for the Westin Punta Cana were announced. Likewise, the Sirenis waterpark is the newest attraction in the area.
DR is the Miami Marlins' tourism destination
The Dominican Republic, together with Presidente Beer, is setting its sights on the Miami market. The Ministry of Tourism has announced the signing of an agreement with the Miami Marlins to market the Dominican Republic as the Major League team's official destination during this season. The agreement includes promoting the Dominican Republic in the team's new stadium with electronic banners, promotions and special events, including Dominican Heritage Night, with concerts by renowned Dominican musicians. This is the fifth consecutive year the DR and the Miami Marlins have worked together, as reported in Diario Libre.
Carlina Duran, Miss Dominican Republic
Carlina Duran Baldera, 25, from the central province of La Vega became the new Miss Dominican Republic Universe 2012 last week. She was crowned by Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes and her predecessor Dahlia Fernandez at the contest held at the Jaragua Hotel in Santo Domingo on 17 April. She stands tall at 5'11 inches, and is a professional model. She will represent the DR at the Miss Universe pageant to be held in December 2012, with the location still to be announced. She competed in the Tourism Queen International Pageant in 2011 of Global Beauties where she won the title of the Sexiest Woman in the Caribbean. She also represented the Dominican Republic at the Miss World contest. She has worked as a model since 2005.
The first runner-up, Dulcita Leggi (National District), will represent the Dominican Republic in the Miss Continente Americano 2012 pageant in Ecuador.
The second runner-up, Carolyn Hawa, representing Santiago, won the right to travel to Bolivia to compete in the Reina Hispanoamericana competition.
The third runner-up, Alondra Pena will participate in the Miss Intercontinental 2012 and the fourth runner-up, Luz Quezada, will represent the country at Miss America Latina 2012.

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