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July 10, 2012
  • Windsurfing and kiteboarding Cabarete Classic set for 12-15 July
  • Will Santo Domingo be the next Saona?
  • Canadian company purchases Grand Paradise Bavaro Beach
  • Trapeze flying, now in Bayahibe
Windsurfing and kiteboarding Cabarete Classic set for 12-15 July
Pablito Guzman's 7th Annual Cabarete Classic, the popular summer windsurfing and kiteboarding event takes place in Cabarete from 12-15 July. Competitions will be in formula, slalom and free-style categories. There will be long-distance windsurf and kiteboarding races. The races are open to people of all ages and abilities.
The event has become the leading windsurfing competition held annually in the Dominican Republic. Competitors and tourists from all over the globe come to Cabarete to join the festivities. The event is coordinated by former Dominican windsurfing champion, Pablito Guzman. For more information, call 809 876-6003.
Will Santo Domingo be the next Saona?
The most popular excursion booked by tourists arriving to Punta Cana hotels is the Saona beach and cultural day, that takes tourists two hours west to visit Altos de Chavon in Casa de Campo and then to the Saona island beach adventure. On Saona there are no resorts, and tourists come by boat for a beach barbecue and swim in paradise-like island setting.
Now with the expected opening of the Coral Super Highway this August, the Dominican Republic's most important cultural attraction, the Colonial City of Santo Domingo will be less than two hours and a half away from Punta Cana hotels, making it an attractive option for those seeking a day trip away from the resort.
Everyone is now talking about whether Santo Domingo will attract some of the over 300,000 tourists that every year have been taking the Saona excursion. At present, the drive to see the Colonial City takes a stressful four hours from Punta Cana. So only a trickle of guests staying at the Punta Cana resorts book the excursion.
There is speculation whether Santo Domingo is ready to receive the expected more than 2,000 tourists a day that could start to trickle in once tour operators begin to offer the easy-done day trip.
An Inter-American Development Bank US$30 million loan is expected to help prepare the city to receive the flux of tourists, but many question how the logistics will be handled if the tourists start gushing in. The IDB project includes improvements to monuments, lighting, streets, and underground cabling, plus programs to educate the population and help small businessmen offer new products and services to the tourists.
Beyond the Colonial City, the challenge is for the city businesses to help tourists spend their money. A city with intense cultural life, the most museums, restaurants and nightspots of any city in Central America and the Caribbean, Santo Domingo is also a major shopping destination. But it has always been quite nonchalant about the tourist trade.
Now the Ministry of Tourism, the Santo Domingo Tourism Cluster, the Association of Hotels of Santo Domingo, and the National Hotel & Tourism Association seek to address the challenges of how the city will be able to successfully manage large numbers of tourists.
Fausto Fernandez, Deputy Minister of Tourism, says there is a drive within the industry to convert Santo Domingo into an important destination, to complement beach tourism. Some of the priorities are simple things, such as improvements to city signage, different language explanations in museums and monuments, and improved cleanliness.
Canadian company purchases Grand Paradise Bavaro Beach
The Toronto-based Blue Diamond Hotels & Resorts announced the purchase of the Grand Paradise Bavaro Beach Resort, Casino and Spa owned and operated by the Dominican hotel company, Ahmsa. The all-inclusive resort features 1,029 guest rooms and suites, six a la carte restaurants, two buffet restaurants and ten bars across the resort.
The Blue Diamond team will take over the management of the resort that will continue to operate as Grand Paradise Bavaro Beach Resort through to 30 April 2013. The Canadian company announced the resort will close in May 2013 for a six month renovations period. In November 2013, the hotel will re-open as the 5 star-rated Memories Punta Cana Beach Resort and Spa.
Blue Diamond recently also took over the ex-SuperClubs resort in Trelawny, Jamaica, and is investing US$40 million to reopen it as the "Memories White Sands Beach Resort & Spa" later this year.
"With the increase in demand for Punta Cana and the scarcity of available rooms, the destination was the obvious choice for our next expansion of the Hotel Division," commented Stephen Hunter, President & CEO Sunwing Travel Group. "Already a popular resort on a perfect wide expanse of white beach, we have ambitious plans to differentiate the resort under our Memories brand next year".
Blue Diamond Hotels & Resorts, a division of Sunwing Travel Group, currently operates over 3,500 rooms in all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Latin America under its "Memories Beach Resorts" and "Royalton Luxury Resorts" brands.
Sunwing Travel Group, which includes Sunwing Airlines and Sunwing Vacations, is the leading integrated travel company in Canada.
Trapeze flying, now in Bayahibe
Viva Wyndham Dominicus resorts in Bayahibe have added a trapeze school for the enjoyment of their guests. The school has an outdoor full-sized flying trapeze rig and offers classes to the guests at the all-inclusive resort at no extra charge. During their stay, hotel staff train guests signing on for the program to be circus performers. Guests can learn how to hang upside-down by the knees while flying 25 feet above ground. Dominicus is the only Bayahibe-La Romana hotel to offer the trapeze lessons.
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