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August 6, 2012
  • Free transfers to Casa de Campo
  • New tourist card online payment
  • Destination Management course in Santo Domingo
  • New tourism brochures available
Free transfers to Casa de Campo
Casa de Campo is celebrating the opening of the Coral Highway on 8 August.
Casa de Campo has announced it will be offering courtesy transfers from Punta Cana for two guests arriving for minimum four-night stays in La Romana, Santo Domingo and Punta Cana airports from 15 August to 20 December 2012.
Reserve at Casa de Campo before 31 August and get free transport from one of the three airports.
The La Romana resort wants the world to know that after the opening of the new Coral Highway it takes only 45 minutes (45 miles/73 kms) to get there from the Punta Cana International Airport, which has the most flights in the Caribbean. The new highway will enable safe and easy driving between Punta Cana, the leading tourist destination in the Dominican Republic, La Romana and the capital city, Santo Domingo.
To commemorate the official inauguration of the new highway, Casa de Campo is making the transfers also valid for arrivals to the Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) in addition to the Casa de Campo/La Romana International Airport (LRM). The idea is to encourage travelers to test the new roadway.
The Coral Highway is scheduled for inauguration by President Leonel Fernandez on 8 August. Some stretches of the highway remain under construction.
New tourist card online payment
Tour operators and tourists can now purchase tourist cards (US$10) to visit the Dominican Republic online by using American Express or Visa/Mastercard. The online explanations are in Spanish, English and French.
The Department of Taxes has also opened kiosks at Dominican airports for the purchase of the cards, expediting it on entry. Exact change of US$10 or EUR10 is required. The tourist gets a receipt and the tourist card.
The tourist card authorizes stay in the country for 30 days, and is valid for one use for up to 12 months following the date of purchase. It is not transferable. The same person to whom the card is issued must use it or lose it.
The Tourist Card can also be acquired at points of sale in land, air, or seaports in the country, including the new kiosks. It is also available at Dominican embassies and consulate offices overseas and through tour operating companies.
Most tourists will need to purchase the card, with the exception of foreigners coming from Argentina, Chile, South Korea, Ecuador, Israel, Japan, Peru and Uruguay, and those who need visas.
Destination Management course in Santo Domingo
Learn the new trends in tourism management and how they apply to tourism in the Dominican Republic during the upcoming Destination Management course. The initiative is sponsored by the Dominican Competitiveness Consortium (CDCT), under the USAID Sustainable Tourism Empowerment Program (STEP). The 80-hour course begins Friday, 24 August and ends Saturday, 8 December.
Clara Barriola, training coordinator at CDCT, says participants will receive training on planning, marketing, product development and management inter-relationships.
The course is primarily targeted at the members of Dominican tourism clusters, managers, project leaders, and professionals interested in project management, government authorities working in tourism, and tourism professionals.
Doctors in Tourism from the Universidad de Nebrija and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Spain will teach the course: Manuel Figuerola Palomo, Ana Munoz, Laura Fuentes, Bruno Pujols and Monica Figuerola, director of Tourism of the region of Rioja in Spain.
The course will take place at UNAPEC University with classes on Friday from 1 to 8pm, and Saturdays from 8:30am to 5pm.
To register, visit the website or all 809 872-0001.
New tourism brochures available
The Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic has published eight new brochures in English and Spanish on the principal tourism regions. The brochures highlight the main attractions and activities of each region. They feature new maps created by DR1 Maps for the Ministry of Tourism.
The first brochures in this series now available cover Santo Domingo, Boca Chica and Juan Dolio, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Samana, and La Romana and Bayahibe. Another two focus on weddings and golf tourism in the Dominican Republic.
Read about the destinations, their beaches and attractions, main events, golf courses, transport and distance charts and other details.
Evelyn Paiewonsky, director of E-Marketing for the Ministry of Tourism, says that the brochures will soon be available in French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Russian. They have QR codes and are available in PDF format at the Ministry of Tourism website:
Upon making the announcement, Deputy Minister Magaly Toribio said that the Ministry is also active on Twitter and Facebook. Follow the Ministry on Twitter at GoDomRep and Facebook: DominicanRepublicTourism

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