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May 12, 2015
  • DR gets mid rank in tourism by WEF
  • Amazing Race contestants wed in Punta Cana
  • New flights from Punta Cana to Puerto Plata and Santiago
  • The growing trend of solo vacations
  • More hotels in Bavaro
  • Insel Air advertises attractive fairs to Caribbean and Latin America
  • Punta Cana Food & Wine Festival
DR gets mid rank in tourism by WEF
The DR is ranked in 81st place on a list of 141 countries in the World Economic Forum Global Travel & Tourism Report 2015. The DR received a score of 3.50 compared to 5.31 for Spain, ranked as the most competitive tourism destination.
The ranking scores for the Dominican Republic are based on indicators for business environment (88), safety and security (120), health and hygiene (87), human resources and labor market (97), ICT readiness (93), prioritization of travel and tourism (7), international openness (63), price competitiveness (110), environmental sustainability (131), air transport infrastructure (65), ground and port infrastructure (64), tourist service infrastructure (56), natural resources (91) and cultural resources (78).
In the Americas region, the Dominican Republic is ranked 17th on a list of 26 countries.
http://www.weforum.org/reports/travel-tourism-competitiveness-report-2015
Amazing Race contestants wed in Punta Cana
After traveling 35,000 miles to win the The Amazing Race reality TV game show in 2013, Jason Case and Amy Diaz of fame chose Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to get married on the beach. The Amazing Race takes teams of two people who have some form of a pre-existing personal relationship, to race around the world in competition with other contestant teams.
The couple competed on The Amazing Race's 23rd season, and won the show's US$1 million prize.
The couple invited about 130 guests to the wedding celebration at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana. They had already celebrated their actual legal wedding in the United States.
http://www.people.com/article/amazing-race-wedding-jason-case-amy-diaz-album
New flights from Punta Cana to Puerto Plata and Santiago
Tropical Aero Services has announced that starting 5 June 2015 it will be offering regular scheduled flights from Punta Cana to Puerto Plata and Punta Cana to Santiago. TAS general manager As Henriquez said that they are responding to market demand. They are working to add Santo Domingo and La Romana to their destinations. The company is also considering links to the Turks & Caicos and Puerto Plata and Cap-Haitien in Haiti.
The airline has five years of experience, mainly in the corporate market with charters and private flights in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean.
http://elnuevodiario.com.do/app/article.aspx?id=425550
The growing trend of solo vacations
The New York Times reports that solo vacations are on the increase, with 24% of travelers, up from 15% in 2013, according to the 2015 Visa Global Travel Intentions Study conducted over 25 countries. The report says that solo travel is even more popular among first-time travelers, up to 37% from 16% in 2013.
The categories of solo travelers are wide: single and looking, married or in a committed relationship.
Census data analysis by Pew Research Center says that one in every five adults in the United States (25 and older) has never been married and over half of American adults are single.
As a result, companies are vying to attract this market, dropping single supplement fees and adding packages and deals aimed at solo travelers.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/travel/travel-industry-responds-to-rise-in-solo-sojourners.html?_r=0
More hotels in Bavaro
The Lopesan Group, via the IFA Hotel and Touristik AG, a German stock market listed company, has acquired 223,000 square meters of land in Bavaro to build three hotels with more than 1,600 rooms. The land is near IFA Villas Bavaro that they already own, as well as the Playa Bavaro Resort & Spa.
The cost will be in the region of US$30 million and is part of the promise they made to President Danilo Medina to assist in his goal of reaching the figure of 10 million tourists a year by building new hotels.
http://eldia.com.do/cadena-ifa-hotels-construira-tres-nuevos-hoteles-en-bavaro/
Insel Air advertises attractive fairs to Caribbean and Latin America
Aruba and Curacao-based airline Insel Air has announced flights from Santo Domingo to 10 destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean. The airline has direct flights to Curacao four times a week and to Aruba from Las Americas International. The airline also promotes its connections to St. Martin, Paramaribo in Suriname, Georgetown in Guyana, Bonaire, Medellin and Barranquilla in Colombia, and Caracas and Valencia in Venezuela.
Airline representatives say that as of 1 July 2015 it will be flying directly from Santo Domingo to St. Martin on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Insel Air also has flights from La Romana International Airport.
InselAir will start operating two flights per week from its Aruba hub to Santo Domingo's Las Americas International as of 1 July 2015. InselAir is already serving this destination via its hub on Curacao, but as a result of the increasing demand from both markets InselAir is now launching the twice-weekly non-stop service, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
InselAir is the largest airline operating out of Aruba and serves, together with InselAir International operating out of Curacao, 21 destinations.
InselAir's interline partnerships (which include, amongst others, Air Berlin, KLM/Air France, Winair, Avianca and GOL) and code shares (KLM/Air France) add further value to this connectivity, allowing its passengers to connect throughout the world. InselAir is the largest Caribbean-based airline and expects to carry 1.4 million passengers this year (2015), employs around 650 people, offers approximately 52 daily flights to 21 destinations and plans to grow to 27 destinations in 2015.
https://www.fly-inselair.com/en/
Punta Cana Food & Wine Festival
Now in its third year, the Punta Cana Food & Wine gastronomic festival takes place on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 May 2015 in several Punta Cana hotels and restaurants. The Iberostar hotels, Restaurant La Yola (Puntacana Resort & Club) and the Tropicana Auditorium at Plaza San Juan are taking part. One Michelin star Spanish chef Pepe Solla of Casa Solla will be coming for the event.
http://puntacanafoodandwine.com

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