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March 18, 2014
  • DATE to promote MICE travel segment
  • New boutique hotel for Colonial City
  • 100K Marathon of the Caribbean
  • Gustavo Rodriguez at Terrazas del Meson
  • Ocean World Park in Puerto Plata celebrates 10th anniversary
DATE to promote MICE travel segment
The Dominican travel industry is meeting at the brand new Paradisus Palma Real Convention Center in Punta Cana for the 15th Annual Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE). This year, the Ministry of Tourism and the National Hotel & Tourism Association (Asonahores), the event sponsors, will be focusing on attracting more meetings and events to the Dominican Republic.
The event takes place on 26, 27 and 28 March.
The new Paradisus Palma Real Convention Center seeks to attract a good share of the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events that have already made Punta Cana a leading MICE destination in the Caribbean.
The new Paradisus Palma Real center has a hall for up to 1,400 persons, and the largest single space is 1,698 square meters (17,760 square feet). It offers 14 rooms and is right next to the Palma Real Shopping Village.
DATE is expecting around 100 leading tour operators, wholesalers, media and other travel related companies to attend the event and meet local travel product and service vendors.
New boutique hotel for Colonial City
Grupo Vicini is behind the opening of the Hotel Casas del XVI, a five star hotel located in twenty renovated 16th century mansions in Santo Domingo's Colonial City. Some RD$800 million is being invested in the venture. Upon making the announcement, Juan Vicini said they would be inviting other property owners in the Colonial City to join the project.
At present they are taking bookings for two houses, the Casa del Arbol (Calle Padre Billini 252) and the Casa de los Mapas (Calle 19 de Marzo No. 115).
The boutique hotel is scheduled for a 23 April opening with 17 rooms in five houses.
The hotel has been open since 14 March and is now offering pre-opening rates of US$225-US$265.
Hotel Casas del XVI is a collection of colonial era mansions converted into modern hotels. The project is due for completion in 2016.
Dominican architects and interior decorators Juan Mubarak, Juan Batlle, Alejandro Marranzini, Cristina Perez and Patricia Reid worked on the renovations.
The perks include iPhones that are lent to each guest. The property is managed by Prohotel International and marketed by Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The hotel is located at Calle Padre Billini 252 in the Colonial City.
100K Marathon of the Caribbean
Ultramarathoner Marco Olmo is coming for the five-day, 100-kilometer run across the north coast. From 18 March to 23 March, the run was created as a trail running race in five stages. The plan is for runners to discover the wild nature of the island while running. It is part of Run of the World, the world's best stage cross-country running races.
The organizers say that the friendly and relaxed environment that marks this event allows runners to get close to the sport with the right approach in safety and good company. On the other hand, the expert and competitive athletes who will be running are given the chance to face a landscape where wild nature still rules.
The organizing committee is chaired by Mariluz Vinas.
The stages of the race will take runners from Sea Horse Ranch to Cabarete Beach, from Puerto Plata city to Isabel de Torres Mountain, from Sosua to Cabarete (Monkey Jungle, Laguna de Cabarete and Parque El Choco) and along the north coast to Las Terrenas, and then to El Moron Beach in Samana. Hotel Viva Wyndham Tangerine in Cabarete Beach is the participating hotel along with Viva Sublime Hotel in Samana.
Gustavo Rodriguez at Terrazas del Meson
Enjoy a tropical evening to the tunes of tropical jazz this and every Tuesday in Santo Domingo. One of the best jazz pianists in the country, Gustavo Rodriguez and his quartet are booked for the customary Tuesday live music event at the Las Terrazas del Meson in Santo Domingo on Tuesday, 18 March. His son Gustavo Rodriguez (Guti) will be playing bass, Federico Mendez, guitar, and Carlos Herrand on drums. 8:30pm. Av. Mirador del Sur No. 1. Tel 809 930-1840.
Ocean World Park in Puerto Plata celebrates 10th anniversary
Ocean World Adventure Park is celebrating its first 10 years operating in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. The park is a leading tourist attraction in the north coast area.
The highlights of the park are the dolphin encounter, dolphin swim, shark and stingray encounter and the sea lion encounter. The Park is proud of its animal- breeding program. Dolphins and sea lions have had babies that have become attractions in themselves for the visitors.
Over the years, the park has added the Royal Dolphin Swim, where participants can interact with two dolphins for 60 minutes, trainer for a day program for learning about care techniques, feeding, and dolphin training. The newest program is Behind the Scene, where visitors receive privileged access to restricted work areas to learn about training techniques used with dolphins, sea lion and sharks. In other special programs, visitors get the opportunity to feed tigers, iguanas and birds and learn about veterinarian care for these animals and operational details of the park.
Also added since the initial opening was the Waterslide Triple Twister and its three fun water slides.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, Ocean World is offering a special deal in March and April to legal residents in the Dominican Republic where all 10-year old kids get free admission and 10% off all animal programs. Groups of 10 people or more can get deals of RD$999 per adult and RD$795 per child.

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