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October 28, 2014
  • Tourism boosts Dominican economy
  • Now easier to reach Bahia de las Aguilas
  • Third La Romana Bayahibe at Dye Fore Golf Course
  • Gansevoort Hotel to open in Sosua
Tourism boosts Dominican economy
Central Bank governor Hector Valdez Albizu said recently that the buoyant tourism industry is behind the 7% Gross Domestic Product growth the country has experienced over the first nine months of the year. Valdez Albizu said that hotels, bars and restaurant earnings were up 11.5%, for US$4.29 billion in receipts. There has been a 10% increase in tourist arrivals from January to September 2014 compared to the same period last year. In September, Central Bank statistics show a 13.3% increase.
Other growth sectors were mining 24.1%, construction 10.7%, 8.2%, health 8.2%, finances and insurance 7.8%, education 6.7%, manufacturing 5.7%, transport 5.6%, farming 5.4%, and commerce 5%.
Remittances were also up 10.8% to US$3.46 billion, some US$336.4 million more than in 2013.
In his keynote address during the Central Bank's 61st anniversary celebrations, Valdez Albizu stated that the economic statistics point to an optimistic outlook for the country's future.
Now easier to reach Bahia de las Aguilas
The government has leveled the access road to Bahia de las Aguilas, making it much more accessible overland. Previously, the road was so steep that few people attempted the stretch and most visited by sea. The sea outing, because of its great panoramic views of the coastline, continues to be recommended.
Bahia de las Aguilas, a beach that still maintains its look prior to the arrival of the European settlers and tourism, is one of the main attractions in the southwest. Take note this is a beach without coconut trees, which are not native species. The high temperatures of 40+ on the beach contrast with the refreshing crystal clear waters.
Tourists traveling to Bahia de las Aguilas need to bring all they plan to consume there and take back their garbage, too. There are no shade-giving trees, and no hotels or restaurants are permitted on the beach, which is part of the Jaragua National Park, a protected area.
See photos of the new roadway at
Third La Romana Bayahibe at Dye Fore Golf Course
The third Romana Bayahibe Golf tournament is set for 8 November 2014 at Dye Fore Golf Course in Casa de Campo. The event is being organized by the La Romana Hotels Association and the La Romana-Bayahibe Tourism Cluster. World famous tennis players John McEnroe and Jim Courier are coming for the tournament. It will be played in Categories A, B, C and ladies, in the Stroke Play Individual with 100% handicap. Cost to participate is RD$7,500 that includes welcome kit, shared golf cart, green fee, lunch and entry into raffles. For more information contact 829 520-7391 or [email protected]
Gansevoort Hotel to open in Sosua
The Gansevoort Hotel Group is banking on the revitalization of Sosua. Their deluxe oceanfront resort is scheduled to open on 15 December 2014 at Playa Imbert (Calle Bruno Philip 5, El Batey), the Gansevoort Hotel Group announced this month. The former Ocean Club Luxury Residence in Sosua will be reopening as Gansevoort Playa Imbert.
The resort will have 48 luxury suites in loft layouts, along with three-bedroom apartments and four-bedroom penthouses.
The hotel amenities include a three-tiered cascading infinity pool overlooking the beach, the Baia Lounge restaurant under chef Giancarlo Fiori whose credits include working at the world-famous, Michelin 3-star El Bulli restaurant in San Sebastian Spain, La Cantina Wine and Cigar Cellar, a fitness center and spa. Yoga and meditation sessions will be offered.
Rates will range from US$595 to US$5,000 a night including breakfast for two, and round trip transfer to the Puerto Plata International Airport (POP).
In the announcement, Gansevoort founder and president Michael Achebaum said: "Gansevoort prides itself on bringing a whole new level of service and amenities to emerging destinations. From Playa Imbert to Cabarete, we love the vibe and beauty of the north coast and believe there's a unique opportunity to create something truly special for the luxury market here."
For its initial property, Gansevoort led the revitalization of the once gritty Meatpacking District in New York City by opening the first and only full-service five-star hotel in the neighborhood, Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC. Recognizing its success in New York, the group opened in the Caribbean, debuting Gansevoort Turks + Caicos as the first island location for the boutique brand. A second Gansevoort hotel in New York, Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC, opened to much fanfare in 2010, and has become synonymous with celebrity, fashion and entertainment.

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