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August 26, 2014
  • Hotel occupancy great in Punta Cana
  • Public Works Ministry opens 53 km of Uvero Alto-Miches road
  • Coco Bongo hiring in Punta Cana
  • Living Statues: Plaza de Espana, Malecon and Jarabacoa
Hotel occupancy great in Punta Cana
Most hotels in Punta Cana are new or have been refurbished, and rates are hard to beat in the Caribbean. As a result, occupancy remains high along the eastern beach strip. Ernesto Veloz, president of the Association of Hotels and Tourism Projects for the East forecasts that by the year's end around three million air arrivals will have visited on beach vacations.
Veloz says that this year has been the best in the past 10 years in terms of occupancy. He told Hoy reporters that there has been no slow season this year.
Arrivals headed for Punta Cana hotels make up 65% of all tourists coming to the DR, estimated at around five million for 2014.
Public Works Ministry opens 53 km of Uvero Alto-Miches road
The beaches of Uvero and Miches are now easier to reach. The Ministry of Public Works recently opened the northernmost stretch of the highway known as the touristic boulevard that starts at Punta Cana International Airport. The new highway was built by Brazilian company Odebrecht and Dominican company Sinercon and tourists headed to Uvero Alto and Miches hotels can now get there in half an hour less than before.
Minister of Public Works Gonzalo Castillo said that 6.5 km of access roads were built to connect 12 communities in the area.
"We are confident that the opening of the highway will change the future of this region and thus of the Dominican Republic," said Castillo.
Tourism industry, transport, provincial and community leaders were present for the ceremony that marked the start of use of the highway.
Odebrecht was represented by Marco Cruz, Rodrigo Medicis, Fernando Soares (director of the highway), Manuel Reategui and Carlos Manuel Loaces. Representatives of property owners in the area were also present: William Phela of Grupo Cisneros, Fernando Rainieri, and Pedro Delgado Malagon of Tecnoamerica, the group that supervised the work, Ernesto Veloz of the Association of Hotels and Tourism Projects of the East, Manolo Ramirez from the transport sector and the provincial governors of La Altagracia and El Seibo provinces that are connected by the highway.
The final stretch of the Uvero Alto-Miches-Sabana de la Mar highway will connect Sabana de la Mar for a total 112.8 km, and travel time of around 40 minutes.
The Ministry of Public Works announced that the Uvero Alto-Miches highway is costing US$265.3 million. The highway is scheduled for formal inauguration in late November or early December 2014.
Castillo highlighted the considerable savings in fuel and improved safety. He also pointed out that land located along the highway has considerably increased in value.
Speaking during the opening of the highway, engineer Pedro Delgado Malagon of Tecnoamerica said that the eastern region now has 320 km of first class roads. "This initiative has been implemented with the best quality possible, to build highways with the highest safety levels," he said. Ernesto Veloz described the east coast road system as "one of the best in all Latin America."
Coco Bongo hiring in Punta Cana
Coco Bongo, the famous Cancun discotheque, is recruiting staff for its Punta Cana opening. The disco will be located in the Downtown Punta Cana center at the intersection of the Boulevard Turistico with the Avenida Barcelo in Punta Cana (Cruce Coco Loco). Chief promoter Roberto Noble estimates that US$10 million have been invested. Coco Bongo will join Oro Nightclub at Hard Rock Punta Cana, Mangu and others.
The operators promise the latest technology in lights and big screens. The disco will have the same capacity and spaces as the famous Coco Bongo in Cancun.
Coco Bongo is known for their shows and performances that range from acrobatic acts and open bar for one admission fee.
Living Statues: Plaza de Espana, Malecon and Jarabacoa
Now in its fifth year, the Estatuas Vivas Festival brings living statues to public spaces in Santo Domingo and Jarabacoa on 29, 30 and 31 August 2014. Fifty artists are taking part this year, competing for prizes ranging from RD$45,000 to RD$20,000. The event is organized by Guillermo Liriano Bass and Claudia Lizardo.
The mannequins will pose for several hours at a time at the Plaza de Espana from 6pm on Friday, 29 August. On Saturday, 30 August, the exhibition continues at the Parque Eugenio Maria de Hostos on Santo Domingo's Malecon seafront boulevard. The group will then travel to Jarabacoa on Sunday, 31 August where they will perform at the city's Parque Duarte from 3:30pm onwards.

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