Government wants 3,000 hotel rooms in Bahia de las Aguilas
Jazz and blues at the Fiesta Sunset Jazz
Punta Cana Tri Summer Fest: 8-9 July
What’s happening in Puerto Plata

Government wants 3,000 hotel rooms in Bahia de las Aguilas
The Presidency announced it wants 3,000 hotel rooms and a modern international airport in Pedernales to spur tourism development in the south westernmost province. Tourism Minister Francisco Javier García said President Danilo Medina in his most recent visit to the area of the Bahía de las Aguilas beach accompanied by Sunwing and TUI vacation group executives, highlighted the tourism potential of the region and said that development for the tourism sector would begin immediately.

Minister of Tourism García said: “We were in Pedernales to discuss the land use and investment plans and to specific propose actions to facilitate the construction of 3,000 hotel rooms of the highest standards that are being planned for Pedernales. This is all in the effort to make Pedernales an exciting tourist destination with a modern airport.”

Garcia said the investors’ proposals must contribute to the socioeconomic welfare of the southwest, and meet the criteria of environmental conservation.

He said it is the time to get going in Pedernales, pushing this to be the newest tourism pole in the country to benefit the region’s people. Garcia said the effort is consistent with backing sustainable tourism initiatives, economic development and jobs for the area.

President Danilo Medina invited the Sunwing executives to return in July 2017 with a final proposal to jumpstart tourism and ecological development of Bahía de las Aguilas.

President Medina was accompanied by Administrative Minister of the Presidency José Ramón Peralta and investors Stephen Hunter, Sunwing’s CEO and president; Alvaro Peña, president of Codelpa construction company, and Jordi Pelfort, managing director, Blue Diamond Resorts (Sunwing Travel Groups Hotel Division).

Blue Diamond Resorts operates resort brands like Royalton Luxury Resorts, Memories, CHIC All Exclusive. Codelpa has participated in the construction of more than 15,000 hotel rooms nationwide, including hotels and resorts: Barceló, Grupo Martinón, Bahía Príncipe, Royalton Luxury Resorts, Best Western, Memories Beach Resorts, Dreams Resorts, Grupo Puntacana, Blue Diamonds Hotels and Resorts, Fishing Lodge, Secret Resorts, NH Hotels, NOW Resorts, Hodelpa Hotels, Cap Cana, Memories Beach Resorts, H10 Hotels, Zoetry Wellness and Princess Hotels and Resorts.

Jazz and blues at the Fiesta Sunset Jazz
Fiesta Sunset Jazz at the rooftop nightclub of the Dominican Fiesta Hotel presents a selection of guest jazz musicians from Puerto Rico and the United States on Fridays at 8:30pm. Admission is free to listen to great jazz music. These are presentations by Jazz en Dominicana.

This July the schedule is:
Friday, 7 July: Richard Peña Latin Jazz Band (From San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Friday, 14 July: Peter Novelli´s History of the Blues (From New Orleans, Louisiana)
Friday, 21 July: Rafa Patán Trío (From Troy, New York)
Friday, 28 de Julio: Pavel Polanco-Safadit Latin Jazz Quintet (From Indianapolis, Indiana)

Also enjoy jazz music at O.Livia restaurant on Av. Lope de Vega on Mondays, and Thursdays in July at the Casa de Teatro Jazz Festival.

Punta Cana Tri Summer Fest: 8-9 July
The Dominican triathlete world is meeting this coming 8-9 July, for the Punta Cana Tri-Fest in Punta Cana. The categories are triathlon sprint and Olympic, duathlon, aquathlon, open water swims in the distances of 1.5K and 3K, 10K and 5K runs and the children’s triathlon.

Installations of the Punta Cana Resort & Club will be the host venue for the event.

What’s happening in Puerto Plata
Puerto Plata is readying for the 4-6 October Discover Puerto Plata Market Place 2017 that this year will take place at the Blue Jack Tar Playa Dorada. The event is organized by the Puerto Plata Destination Tourism Cluster (CTDPP) with the sponsorship of the Ministry of Tourism.

In its 6th year, it is an opportunity to book hotel accommodations, tours and activities with the Puerto Plata sellers. A tradeshow also presents a wide ranging view of what’s new and what’s happening in the north coast.

Jakaira Cid, executive director of the Cluster, highlights that for the first time the event will be held at the hotel destination site, today Blue Jack Tar, where tourism in Puerto Plata first took off. She said this 2017 the event would focus on sustainable tourism.