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September 15, 2015
  • Preparing for key events in 2016
  • New Bogota-Punta Cana flight starts in December
  • David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic
  • Golfers spend US$240 a day
  • Hotels to buy RD$22.4 billion in farm produce
Preparing for key events in 2016
Foreign Relations Minister Andres Navarro recently held a meeting with representatives of the Santo Domingo Hotels Association and the Tourism Cluster of Santo Domingo to outline details of the main international events scheduled for 2016.
The calendar for 2016 includes the EU-LAC Foreign Relations Ministers Summit in March, to be followed in July by participants from 61 nations from Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the 46th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in June.
In January 2017, the country will host the Summit of presidents of CELAC, and will take over the temporary presidency of CELAC during a summit in Ecuador.
The meeting was attended by Luis Marino Lopez, Linette Arbaje, Briseida Olivero and Virginia Baez from the Santo Domingo Tourism Cluster, Elizabeth Tovar of the local tour operators association, Carlos Rodoli, Luis Felipe Aquino, dean of APEC University School of tourism, and Sina del Rosario for the city of Santo Domingo. The Santo Domingo Hotels Association was represented by Fanny Sanchez of the Plaza Colonial Hotel, Arvey Benavides from the Crowne Plaza, Jose Manuel Molina from the Dominican Fiesta, Roberto Henriquez from the Radisson Santo Domingo, Luis Padilla from the Sheraton, Ferney Garcia from the Holiday Inn Santo Domingo, Nigel Cook from the JW Marriot and Hector Concari from the Santo Domingo Hilton.
New Bogota-Punta Cana flight starts in December
Lan Colombia has announced the start of a new flight between Bogota and Punta Cana starting 1 December 2015. The airline will be using an Airbus 320 with a capacity for 174 passengers. The route will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays on a daytime schedule to enable connections with other Colombian cities including Cali and Medellin.
David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic
Dominican ballplayer David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox joined the prestigious 500 home run club on Saturday, 12 September 2015. He is only the fourth player in Boston Red Sox history and the 27th in Major League Baseball history to reach this milestone.
The announcement coincides with Ortiz's invitation to all his friends to play in his annual David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic in Punta Cana, from 3-6 December 2015.
This year, the four-day event is held in partnership with Mass General Hospital for Children and the World Pediatric Project.
The annual golf classic raises funds for the David Ortiz Children's Fund, which provides critical pediatric healthcare to children in New England and the Dominican Republic. Since its inception, the popular event has raised more than US$2 million and has attracted many of Ortiz' celebrity friends and athletes along with past and present teammates.
The charity event is based at the Sanctuary Hotel Cap Cana in Punta Cana and packages pair up participants with a celebrity captain to enjoy some eight oceanfront holes on the Jack Nicklaus Punta Espada Signature Golf Course in Cap Cana.
The event is promoted as a way for sports aficionados and fans in Red Sox Nation to travel Big Papi style to escape the Boston winter for a few days to meet the legendary player.
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Golfers spend US$240 a day
Golfers came to play golf and learn more about the golf industry when they attended the Dominican Republic Golf Travel Exchange in La Romana and Punta Cana last week. The event included rounds of golf and discussions on the industry.
It was revealed that in the Dominican Republic, golfers contributed more than US$200 million to the local tourism industry, according to a study carried out by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO), North America division.
IAGTO co-sponsored the Dominican Republic Golf Travel Exchange that brought more than 110 international participants from all around the world. IAGTO members from Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Colombia, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Latvia, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, and Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden and the United States took part this year.
The event began at Casa de Campo, La Romana and continued in Punta Cana. There were rounds of golf at Teeth of the Dog in Casa de Campo and in Punta Cana at Cocotal Golf Club and Punta Espada golf courses in Cap Cana.
In 2014, golf tourism was up 10% in the Dominican Republic with an estimated 140,000 tourists coming to play golf, said the study, as revealed by Teddy de Lara, director of the Dominican Republic Golf Travel Exchange 2015.
During the event, a workshop, "Golf Industry in the Dominican Republic" was held. The event included presentations by PGA Magazine Publications chief executive officer Richard Summers, IAGTO North America presidentClaudio Demarchi, Dominican Golf Federation (Fedogolf) vice president Carlos Elmudesi, and Gilles Gagnon, golf director at Casa de Campo.
Richard Summers spoke of positive prospects for the industry. Claudio Demarchi said IAGTO operators account for 85% of golf holiday packages sold around the world, with annual sales of over $2.5 billion.
He said that more than 75% of their members traveled at least four times a year to play golf and 19% traveled at least three times. He added that Canadians purchased more than a million golf packages in 2014 and spent over US$2.5 billion on their six-eight day trips.
Demarchi says that after North America the next most played golf region is the Caribbean.
Carlos Elmudesi said that between Canada, the US, and Latin America there is a market of 40 million golfers the DR could attract to play on Dominican golf courses.
Magaly Toribio, marketing advisor to the Dominican Ministry of Tourism, said that the average spending of tourists coming to play golf was more than US$240 a day, compared to the all-inclusive tourist average of US$128 per day. She said that the Ministry of Tourism spends US$2 million on promoting the golf segment out of the US$50 million promotion budget.
Hotels to buy RD$22.4 billion in farm produce
Speaking at the Asonahores Trade Show held in Punta Cana last week, Dominican Republic Hotel & Tourism Association president Simon Suarez announced that the tourism industry planned to purchase an estimated RD$22.4 billion worth of produce from Dominican farms in 2015. This is up 6% compared to last year, taking into account the projected 9% increase in traveler arrivals this year.
Suarez made the announcement during the keynote speech during the 19th Asonahores Trade Show held at the Barcelo Bavaro Convention Center.
He estimated that farm produce consumption by hotels has increased by 25% in the past five years, from RD$16.9 billion in 2009 to RD$22.1 billion in 2014.

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