Yoo Hotels & Resorts to open hotel in Santo Domingo
Danny Rivera, Maridalia Hernandez and Frank Ceara in Puerto Plata
Kansas City flights to Punta Cana
Sports Tourism: Karate Pan Am in Villa Altagracia

Yoo Hotels & Resorts to open hotel in Santo Domingo
Yoo Santo Domingo is the newest upmarket hotel to begin construction in the capital city. The construction was begun on Thursday, 3 August 2017 with the symbolic groundbreaking by President Danilo Medina and executives of the property owning company, Grupo Zagalo. Grupo Zagalo’s main executives are Venezuelans Eduardo Zambrano and Marco García, who came for the groundbreaking.

The hotel is going up on Av. Gustavo Mejía Ricart corner Freddy Prestol Castillo, off Av. Winston Churchill in Piantini, a residential-commercial city area where generous tax incentives have turned it into a prime hotel and restaurant district.

Yoo Santo Domingo will have 15 floors and 132 boutique hotel residences of 70, 80 and 92 square meter sizes. The hotel will feature a rooftop restaurant and lounge, an infinity pool, gym, and cigar club, among other amenities. The company announced the hotel is a US$37 million investment.

There are Yoo hotels in Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre in Brazil and in Hong Kong, China. In 2018, the company has plans to open new hotels in Boracay, Philippines; Bali, Indonesia, Phuket, Thailand; and the Cotswolds, United Kingdom. The company is known for the outstanding interior designers it hires for its very contemporary properties.

The Yoo Santo Domingo will be a neighbor to the JW Marriott on Av. Winston Churchill, and within four blocks of the InterContinental Real Santo Domingo, also on Av. Winston Churchill. It will be next door to the 14-floor and 120-suites Homewood Suites by Hilton under construction on the same block, and the 13-floor Hotel Urbano Smartech under construction across the street on Av. Winston Churchill.


Danny Rivera, Maridalia Hernandez and Frank Ceara in Puerto Plata
The Puerto Plata Amphitheater presents Puerto Rican bolero singer Danny Rivera accompanied by Dominican romantic song singers Maridalia Hernandez and Frank Ceara. The concert, “Para Toda la Vida” is a production by Amaury Sánchez featuring all time favorite boleros and other romantic songs.

Showtime is 8:30pm. The show will be on Saturday, 26 August 2017. Tickets are for sale at Uepa Tickets from RD$1,500 to RD$3,000.

Kansas City flights to Punta Cana
Vacation Express will be offering new weekly direct flights from Kansas City to Punta Cana from 18 February to 3 August 2018. Vacation Express is offering a bundle including six-night resort stays in the packaged price. The flights are from the Kansas City International Airport (KCI) and Punta Cana International Airport. This is the first nonstop link from Kansas City to the Dominican airport. The good news is that for travelers who already have a place to stay, air-only service is also available.

“The demand for air travel between Kansas City and the Caribbean reached an all-time high earlier this year when Punta Cana became the most popular Caribbean destination for Kansas City vacationers,” Aviation Director Pat Klein said in a release. “We appreciate Vacation Express for their willingness to add Kansas City to their expanding network.”

The weekly charter flight to Punta Cana will be operated by Miami Air International via Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 180 seats.

Vacation Express is owned by Toronto-based Sunwing Travel Group. Vacation Express is the largest tour operator in the southeast United States, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.


Sports Tourism: Karate Pan Am in Villa Altagracia
The 5th Panamerican Karate Championship, Open World and First Panamerican Martial Art Games Open World will take place from 25-26-27 August 2017 at the multi-use venue in Villa Altagracia, Santo Domingo province.

The tournament is dedicated to singer Sergio Vargas and is organized by the Dominican Karate Federation and the Panamerican Karate Confederation.

There are team, form and individual combat competitions for persons with special needs.

Athletes from USA, Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela are coming for the event. They will compete against special guest countries Italy, Serbia, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Ukraine, Bangladesh and South Africa.