DR economy moves to the beat of tourism
Playa Dorada Golf Classic on 26 November
BA to increase flights
Thomson to base cruise ship in La Romana
Day Dream Festival in Punta Cana


DR economy moves to the beat of tourism
National Hotel & Tourism Association (Asonahores) president Joel Santos says that the Dominican economy today depends on the tourism industry. Describing tourism as the country’s leading industry, he said that it affects almost all economic sectors, including production, commerce or services.

Santos was speaking at an event organized last week to present the new board of directors of Asonahores for 2016-2018.

He stressed that the Dominican tourism industry successfully competes with all warm weather leisure destinations and is a leader in Latin America and the Caribbean.

http://www.elcaribe.com.do/2016/11/1...mo-del-turismo


Playa Dorada Golf Classic on 26 November
Hopes are high that by this weekend, the sun will again be shining in Puerto Plata, just in time to play some good rounds of golf. The Ninth Annual North Coast Charity Golf Classic at the Playa Dorada Golf Course is set for Saturday, 26 November 2016. Registration at 8am, shotgun start at 9am.

The RD$4,000 entry fee includes: green fees, cart, lunch and drinks and more. Great prizes, charity auction and a raffle are on the program with an after-tournament party at Jolly Roger’s. The format of the tournament is Texas Scramble (four players). Players can register as a team or individuals will be made into teams.
Register at Jolly Rogers, on Facebook, or on DR1.

Look for The North Coast Charity Golf Classic or to register and for more information contact: Mark Diekmann 829-552-020, mark@dogsandcatsdr.com, Ted Foster Tel 809 757-2417 at tedje@hotmail.com, or Jon Wonderlich 809 757-7277 or jonathanwonderlich@hotmail.com

Proceeds from the tournament will go to the Dream Project, Dogs and Cats, and Sugar Kids Educational Charity.


BA to increase flights
British airline British Airways (BA) has announced that it will be flying between Gatwick and Punta Cana from March 2017, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays using a 275-seater plane. Dominican Ministry of Tourism Marketing advisor Magaly Toribio announced that British Airways would be operating four weekly flights from July-September 2017 during the high season for European travelers.

Toribio points out that the additional flights will mean an increase in British visitors who are at a record 138,842 for the first 10 months of this year. Arrivals from January to October 2016 were 19,500 more than for the same period last year.


Thomson to base cruise ship in La Romana
Thomson Cruises has announced that La Romana will be the home port for three of its cruise ships in the Caribbean in 2017, including its newest vessels TUI Discovery and TUI Discovery 2.

Thomson Celebration will be moving to its new homeport of La Romana in November 2017.

The managing director of Thomson Cruises Richard Sofer said: "We are really excited about the introduction of the Dominican Republic as Thomson Celebration’s base for next winter. This is the first time we’ll have had three ships in the Caribbean and that means we can continue to offer more choice and flexibility to our customers, who we know are looking more and more for holidays further afield."

http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=7340


Day Dream Festival in Punta Cana
The Day Dream Festival is booked for the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana on 25 and 26 February 2017. The festival is the same two days of music and mechanical amusement park rides that has made the event so popular in Belgium.

The Day Dream Festival is a platform featuring DJs from the global top 50 who will merge with the urban music genres in the Dominican Republic. Nine Dominican talents are being booked and will be announced. The show is produced by IPSDA Espectáculos and Proyecto X, which have signed a contract with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana for five straight years of festivals.

There will be four stages, a disco, amusement park style mechanical games, and a food area. The main stage will be 60 meters by 28 meters high. They are prepared for 15,000 visitors at the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana. This year young people from the age of 16 will be admitted but must be accompanied by an adult, with alcoholic beverage restrictions in their admission ticket. The event opens at 6am and ends at 6am.

Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana is offering packages for a special area named Day Dream Village.