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March 3, 2015
  • Rafael Torres is new Casa de Campo president
  • Punta Cana carnival this Saturday
  • Cabarete Carnival is Saturday, 14 March
  • Best of Latin American golf to Casa de Campo in 2016
Rafael Torres is new Casa de Campo president
The Board of Directors of Central Romana recently appointed Rafael Torres as president of Casa de Campo. Torres is now responsible for operational management, coordination and integration of all business units and projects in the hotel area, as reported in Costasur & Casa de Campo News. Torres comes on board at a time when the company is seeking to enhance its role in the country's hospitality industry.
Prior to taking on this new post, Torres worked for almost four years as managing director at Paradisus Resorts (Paradisus Palma Real, The Reserve @ Palma Real, Paradisus Punta Cana and The Reserve @ Paradisus Punta Cana.
Punta Cana carnival this Saturday
The annual carnival parade along Punta Cana Village's 1st of November Boulevard is set for this Saturday, 7 March 2015. The cultural celebration, now in its eighth year, will showcase some of the top carnival troupes from provinces across the country, including La Vega, Puerto Plata, Santiago, Cotui, San Pedro de Macoris and San Juan de la Maguana along with international guests from Curacao, Aruba, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela and the United Kingdom.
The organizers describe the event as a contribution by Grupo Puntacana to the positive image of the country and the eastern region in particular, with a blend of the main Dominican cultural and folkloric traditions.
On Friday evening, 6 March 2015, the opening gala starts at 8pm in Galerias Puntacana with a special appearance by local carnival troupe Las Musas del Coral and a concert with Dominican merengue star Eddy Herrera, sponsored by Brugal.
On Saturday, the parade kicks off at 3pm and spectators will enjoy the authentic traditions and folklore of Carnival in the Caribbean. The celebrations end with a live concert on the boulevard with reggaeton star Tony Dize.
The Punta Cana Group is promoting special hotel + carnival packages at the Westin Punta Cana. Check out last year's carnival for an idea of what's set for this year.
Cabarete Carnival is Saturday, 14 March
Cabarete will be hosting the North Coast Carnival on Saturday, 14 March 2015. Get to know the Taimascaros, the carnival kings of the north coast. Carnival troupes from San Francisco de Macoris, Constanza and Rio San Juan will be in Cabarete for the parade that is organized by the Sosua and Cabarete Hotels and Restaurants Association (Ashoresoca) with support from the Ministry of Tourism. Ashoresoca president Tomas Callender says the event was placed on the Puerto Plata calendar of events as a way of presenting a new attraction to visiting tourists. While Puerto Plata city has held its carnival processions on Sundays in February, the organizers are encouraging tourists staying in hotels from Sosua to Rio San Juan to watch the parades.
The carnival groups will interact with the tourists and will even have a run on Cabarete beach.
Best of Latin American golf to Casa de Campo in 2016
The Latin America Amateur Championship (LAAC) will take place from 14-17 January 2016 in La Romana at the famed Teeth of the Dog course at Casa de Campo. As 2016 is an Olympic year, the region's best golfers are certain to come for the competition in preparation for the Rio de Janeiro games. This year's event took place in Buenos Aires with 109 players from 28 Latin American and Caribbean countries. The series is broadcast to more than 150 countries.
The host venue, Teeth of the Dog golf course was designed by Pete Dye and built in the early 1970s with seven holes along the Atlantic Ocean. It is consistently ranked as one of the best courses in all of Latin America.
"It is a great honor for us to have been selected to host this prestigious championship," said Casa de Campo president Rafael Torres.
The region's leading amateur event, LAAC was established by the Masters Tournament, the R&A and the United States Golf Association to further the development of golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.
The winner is invited to play at the Masters at the legendary Augusta National Golf Club. The winner and the runner(s)-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and US Open championships, as well as receiving full exemptions into The Amateur Championship and the US Amateur Championship.

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