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November 24, 2015
  • CNN publishes photos of Dominican beaches
  • Courtyard Santo Domingo announces lobby remodeling
  • Eurowings flies from Cologne
  • PGA's Tour to Punta Cana in 2016
  • New in Punta Cana: Pearl Beach Club
  • Punta Cana may reach 3 million visitors in 2015
  • Master of the Ocean to come to Cabarete
CNN publishes photos of Dominican beaches
CNN Travel has published an online feature highlighting 10 Dominican beaches. The beaches that are mentioned are: Rincon (Samana), Samana Bay, Juanillo (Cap Cana), Punta Cana, Saona Island, Catalina Island, Barahona, Bayahibe and Playa Caribe.
Courtyard Santo Domingo announces lobby remodeling
Courtyard Santo Domingo by Marriott has announced a total renovation of its lobby to better respond to the needs of the guests. As part of the hotel's Refreshing Business Strategy, the new lobby will combine functionality, aesthetics, technology and a fine-tuned mix of services to provide guests with greater control of the area. The renovation promises that high tech and high touch will meet in high style in the new "living space" where there will be increased flexibility to work, relax, eat, drink and socialize at each person's own pace. The idea for the space is to help guests make successful connections.
Senior sales & marketing manager Gianell Pena says, "The Refreshing Business concept is more than just a modern product, it's what our guests have said they want from us. This initiative is about moving from transactions to connections and empowering our associates with tools to deliver the best service in the city of Santo Domingo."
She said that the remodeling would affect the lobby, the first-floor restaurant and business center. Restaurant and business center services will continue open in a temporary area of the hotel during the construction. All other services will remain open to guests.
The renovation will begin on 30 November 2015 and is scheduled for completion by early February 2016.
The renovation of the hotel follows the renovations at Marriott properties in the Dominican Republic, including the Renaissance Santo Domingo Jaragua and the new JW Marriott Santo Domingo.
Eurowings flies from Cologne
La Romana International Airport has a new European connection - Eurowings from Cologne, Germany. The inaugural flight was on Tuesday, 17 November 2015. The flight commanded by Captain Uwe Leyh, 11 crew and 235 passengers was received at 11:30pm with a water salute.
Eurowings is an affiliate of Lufthansa. La Romana Airport is only the second international long-haul destination for the airline. Eurowings will be flying twice a week into the southeastern airport that mainly services Casa de Campo and beach resorts in the Bayahibe and Dominicus area.
PGA's Tour to Punta Cana in 2016
At a signing ceremony at the PGA TOUR headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida on 28 October 2015, the PGA TOUR and representatives of Puntacana Resort & Club announced that the Tour will be played in Punta Cana next year.
The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship will be the Tour's first tournament in the Dominican Republic as well as the first to be played on any of the Caribbean islands.
Frank Elias Rainieri signed the three-year agreement on behalf of Puntacana Resort & Club. The first of three annual tournaments will be played from 30 May-5 June 2016.
The Tom Fazio-designed "Corales" course at Puntacana Resort & Club will be the host venue.
Opened in 2010, the course plays along the natural cliffs, bays, ocean coves and the inland lakes and coral stone quarries of the Caribbean Sea. The layout features six oceanfront holes and culminates with its last three holes known as the "Devil's Elbow", with the striking 18th hole requiring a dramatic forced carry over the cliff-lined Bay of Corales.
The Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship will feature a 156-player field, with an eligibility component similar to that used at other Tour events in Latin America. The purse will be US$625,000.
Sport Link of Bogota, Colombia, organizers of two other Tour events in Bogota and Cartagena, Colombia will be managing the event.
It is expected to continue to strengthen the sport in the Latin American region.
New in Punta Cana: Pearl Beach Club
Located in the Cabeza de Toro beach area in Punta Cana, Pearl Beach Club has been open since August 2015, offering restaurant dining (Mediterranean and Caribbean fusion), catered beach area, infinity pool and private Jacuzzis plus area for events and shows. Marco Carola played a concert on 7 November 2015. Kite surfing, yoga practice and massages are also offered. For an admission fee and pay-per-service charges, the event is open to everyone living or visiting the Punta Cana area seeking a luxury experience. The new club is affiliated to Catalonia Caribe Hotels and Resorts that operates two hotels in the Cabeza de Toro area.
Punta Cana may reach 3 million visitors in 2015
The president of the Hotels & Tourism Projects Association in the East, Ernesto Veloz has predicted that for the first time, Punta Cana will have hosted three million visitors by year's end. He said that another 4,000 hotel rooms are under construction. Veloz is forecasting that this will be one of the best seasons of the past 10 years with an approximate 10% growth rate this year. The Dominican Republic is expected to surpass the five million-tourist-mark this year.
Master of the Ocean to come to Cabarete
The only water sports competition featuring surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) known as the Master of the Ocean will take place in Cabarete from 23 to 28 February 2016. The annual event takes advantage of the exceptional conditions in the Cabarete area for these watersports.
Founded by Marcus Bohm in 2013, the competition consists of 12 teams of four athletes. Each rider competes in a discipline, and the top 15 competitors move to a final stage where they compete for the Master of the Ocean title.
Cabarete is the perfect location as there is no wind in the morning for surfers and SUP enthusiasts, and consistent incoming trade winds from noon onwards, the perfect conditions for windsurfers and kitesurfers.
The 2016 Master of the Ocean organizers say they expect to host 2015 champion Zane Schweitzer and many other international riders including Samuel Perez-Hultz, Fiona Wylde, Luciano Gonzalez, Michael Gebhardt and Brian Talma.

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