Senator Hotels buys Puerto Plata Riu resorts
Adompretur Travel Reporting Awards 2016
Merengue at the Puerto Plata Amphitheater
Anthony Jefferson: Jazz and blues for Christmas



Senator Hotels buys Puerto Plata Riu resorts
Senator Hotels & Resorts of Andalucía, Spain is the new player in the Puerto Plata north coast tourism destination. The new to market company operates 33 city and beach hotels in Spain (Madrid, Sevilla, Huelva, Cadiz, Malaga, Granada, Almeria, Murcia, and Valencia) and recently announced plans for a Cancún, Mexico resort.

Senator Hotels & Resorts announced the purchase of the three side-by-side Riu resorts in Maimón, Puerto Plata totaling 1,590 rooms. The resorts that will be renovated are the former Riu Merengue, Riu Mambo and Riu Bachata. The hotels are located near the Amber Cove Cruise Ship Port and had been closed for several months as Riu sought a buyer. Riu operates several hotels in the Punta Cana area on the eastern coast.

As reported, the president of the Spanish hotel chain, José Maria Rosell said the operation calls for an investment of US$100 million. Rosell met recently with President Danilo Medina to inform him about the close of the deal with Riu. The company was assisted by the DMK Lawyers Central Law Office, chaired by lawyer Enrique de Marchena.

The purchase was greeted enthusiastically by the Puerto Plata community. "I was aware of the negotiation process, and this operation is very good news for tourism in Puerto Plata," said José Natalio Redondo, president of the North Hotels and Tourism Association, as reported in El Nacional.

The purchase is part of the Spanish hotel company’s expansion in Latin America. The company has also announced construction of the 1,000 room Senator Riviera Cancún in Cancun, Mexico in 2019.

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Adompretur Travel Reporting Awards 2016
The Dominican Travel Writers Association (Adompretur) celebrated its annual gran gala and Premio de Periodismo Turístico Epifanio Lantigua, this time at the Barcelo Santo Domingo on the evening of Thursday, 30 November 2017. This year, the grand award for travel writing went to Panky Corcino, of the El Dinero business news weekly for a feature on the Duarte Peak. El Nacional newspaper won the annual award for the media making the most contributions for the development of tourism in 2016.
The other winners were:
Online Media: Marvin Cid, Diario Libre.
Photography: Orlando Barria, EFE, for a photograph published in Diario Libre.
TV documentary: Eric Diaz, Andariego
Outstanding Puerto Plata journalist: Mariel Vasquez, Nuestra Gente TV
TV Reporting: Scarlet Hernandez, Explora Tu Tierra (Noticias SIN, Color Vision, channel 9)
Magazines: Elin Capellan, Bohio Magazine
Gastronomy: Elena Crespo, RT Magazine
Special mentions were awarded to Manuel Antonio Vega, of Diario Libre; Emilia Pereyra of Diario Libre and Salvador Batista of Recorriendo con Salvador.


Merengue at the Puerto Plata Amphitheater
The Puerto Plata Amphitheater announces the presentation of merengue queens, Miriam Cruz and Milly Quezada in an evening long concert on Friday, 22 December 2017. The next day, Conjunto Quisqueya, Alex Matos, Mark B. Divas by Jiménez and Pochy Familia y la Coco Band bring more of the best of merengue. Tickets are for sale at the Amphitheater box office and at the front desk of many of the hotels and resorts in Puerto Plata.


Anthony Jefferson: Jazz and blues for Christmas
Those in Santo Domingo and in the mood for some classy jazz music for the Christmas holidays are invited to the Fiesta Sunset Jazz to be inspired by the Christmas spirit this Friday, 8 December 2017. Jazz en Dominicana is presenting vocalist Anthony Jefferson who will sing Christmas favorites in the concert “Home for Christmas.” He will be accompanied by Carlito Estrada, saxophone, David Pope, piano and Emmanuel Peña Silverio, guitar and vocals.

Jefferson is a native of New Orleans and will be singing from his repertoire of blues, jazz and R&B. Jefferson has studied at the California Arts Institute, Berklee College of Music. Today, Jefferson he is best known as the King of Jazz in the North Coast. Among the classics he will be sharing are: White Christmas, Please Come Home For Christmas, Christmas Time is Here, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The Christmas Song, among others.