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March 17, 2015
  • Punta Cana in Top 10 for US college spring break 2015
  • Mexico ups tourism investments in the DR
  • Santo Domingo cruise ship tourism increases 48% in 2014
  • Casa de Campo gets its first big park
Punta Cana in Top 10 for US college spring break 2015
Punta Cana is mentioned as one of the top destinations chosen by US college spring breakers in 2015, as reported by Boston Globe (fourth on the list) and Fox News (third on the list).
As reported in the Boston Globe, using sources from Orbitz.com, U.S. News & World Report, NYTimes.com, TripAdvisor.com and Weather.com, Punta Cana is on the list of the Top 10 spring break destinations. According to Orbitz.com booking data, the Top 10 are: Las Vegas, Cancun, Orlando, Punta Cana, New York City, New Orleans, Chicago, Miami Beach, Playa del Carmen, and Riviera Maya. As reported, Riviera Maya replaced San Juan, Puerto Rico on the 2015 list.
Spring break vacations are taken from 8-14 March, 15-21 March, or 22-28 March.
Fox News features a similar list saying these are the places where college students will find the best parties. Their list is: Panama City Beach in Florida, Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Las Vegas, Miami Beach, Cancun, South Padre Island (Texas), Lake Havasu City (Arizona) and New Orleans. Punta Cana's popularity is attributed to the opening of the Coco Bongo nightclub, Drink Point on Bavaro Beach and savings to be made by booking an all-inclusive vacation.
http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2015/03/14/where-are-college-students-going-spring-break-this-year/jtfqLBDAZanbcN1GxUrNyJ/story.html
http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2015/03/11/best-spring-break-party-destinations/
Mexico ups tourism investments in the DR
Mexican businesses have increased their investment in Dominican tourism. A recent report in Hoy indicates that the DR is fourth in foreign investment by Mexican businesses in Latin America. The number of Mexican tourists traveling to the DR in 2014 doubled. Marco Antonio Sanchez, executive vice president of the Dominican-Mexican Chamber of Commerce (Cadomex) says that Mexican foreign investment in the country is now at US$6.8 billion. Mexican tourist arrivals to the DR increased from 15,000 in 2013 to 32,000 in 2014.
http://hoy.com.do/crece-dinamismo-en-las-inversiones-y-en-el-flujo-turistico-de-mexico-en-rd/
Santo Domingo cruise ship tourism increases 48% in 2014
Tourism from cruise ships promises to become the principal ally of tourist growth projected for the coming years in Santo Domingo, which forms part of the strategy for achieving President Danilo Medina's target of 10 million tourists to the Dominican Republic within a decade. In 2014 Sans Souci Port received 23,556 more cruise ship tourists than in 2013, a 48% increase. According to projections by executives of the Sans Souci Tourist Investment Group, the port expects to receive 84,700 cruise ship passengers this year.
Casa de Campo gets its first big park
Casa de Campo in La Romana may be leading the way again with this spring's opening of a 26.3-hectare (65-acre) park in the northeastern section of the resort. The park is separated by the connecting street between the new Vista Lago development and Los Flamboyanes residential areas, as reported in Costasur/Casa de Campo News. The soon-to-be-opened park follows a recent trend for real estate developers to build parks instead of the higher-to-maintain golf course greenery.
According to Costasur Planning director Adolfo Despradel, this is a new outdoor recreational space for Casa de Campo residents - a place for families to enjoy with their children and strollers, play with their Frisbees or have a yoga session. The project has been divided into three stages to be completed by late fall 2015.
The park includes two loops, one 2.5 km circuit covering the entire park and another 1.5 km circuit, as well as a footpath leading to Altos de Chavon. With the new nature trails, the total walking time from the furthest point of the park to Altos de Chavon will be no more than 30 minutes.
Despradel says they modeled elements of the park's design on Central Park in Manhattan, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Mirador del Sur Park in Santo Domingo and works by Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. The National Botanical Gardens in Santo Domingo has also been consulted for a selection of the best plants suitable for the area.
Despradel adds that when completed, the park will serve as a sort of nature lab for future land developments in the resort.

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