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    IFA Hotels to add 2,000 rooms to its Bávaro resort complex
    Iberostar announces construction of Colonial City hotel
    H10 Hotels is building the Ocean El Faro
    Pullmantur cruise ship departures from Santo Domingo

    IFA Hotels to add 2,000 rooms to its Bávaro resort complex
    The European Lopesan Hotel Group and IFA Hotels & Touristik AG began the construction of the 1,020-room Lopesan Costa Bávaro resort adjacent to the 650-room IFA Villas Bávaro resort that is centrally located in the Punta Cana beach area. To be built within an area of 100,000 square meters, the new Lopesan Costa Bávaro will have 1,020 hotel rooms and several swimming pools, including one connected to the beach itself. The resort calls for a EUR130 million investment. The opening of the hotel is planned for May 2019.

    Plans also call for the expansion of the IFA Villas Bávaro to 1,500 rooms, for an overall 2,500 rooms on the Lopesan Hotel Group/IFA Hotels complex of 200,000 square meters including beachfront property.

    Iberostar announces construction of Colonial City hotel
    Miguel Fluxa, chief executive officer of Grupo Iberostar of Spain, in an interview with Arecoa, announced the construction of 3,000 more hotel rooms in two hotels in the Colonial City and Bavaro beach area of Punta Cana. Iberostar operates the Iberostar Punta Cana, Iberostar Bávaro Hotel Punta Cana and the Iberostar Bávaro Suites in Arena Gorda, Punta Cana.

    Iberostar will be operating the old Hotel Las Mercedes with its New Orleans-style French balconies on Calle Las Mercedes in the Colonial City, as reported by Infoturdominicano. The 100-room deluxe hotel will be the first city hotel of the Spanish chain that has several resorts in Punta Cana. As reported, the city hotel will have an area of 2,997 square meters.

    In the interview with Arecoa, Fluxa highlighted the positive working relationship between public and private sector in the Dominican Republic. He praised the government investments in infrastructure that have shortened the distances between the destinations. “I’m sure most people are not aware of the scope of what this country has done in the past 25 years, in terms of development and tourism infrastructure and services” Fluxa told Arecoa. “I remember the difficulties there were for everything we had to import everything, and today we are now in a first rate tourism level,” he said.

    “We thank the Dominican people for your efforts to spur the tourism revolution in your country. There are very few tourism destinations such as the Dominican Republic. Investors are everyday more assured of their investment - but at the start, as you may recall, it was an adventure,” he recalled. He highlighted that in the 80s when they built their first hotel in Punta Cana, it was a half-day trip to get to the capital city. Today the trip can be made in less than three hours.

    H10 Hotels is building the Ocean El Faro
    President Danilo Medina was in Uvero Alto, the northernmost beach area of Punta Cana, on Thursday, 23 November 2017, to preside over the groundbreaking for the Grupo H10’s Ocean El Faro. Josep Espelt, president of Grupo H10 also came for the groundbreaking ceremony.

    Antonio Hernandez, director general of the resort, had praise for the government’s “substantial strategic investment in infrastructure to spur tourism.” He was referring to the extension of the Punta Cana roads that now allow for rapid transfers of tourists from the northernmost destinations to the Punta Cana International Airport and attractions of the Punta Cana beach strip and onto the capital city of Santo Domingo.

    Hernandez said when the hotel opens in November 2018 it would add 909 hotel rooms. Of these, 291 will be in an adults-only area.

    Also present for the groundbreaking festivities were Environment Minister Francisco Domínguez Brito; Tourism Minister Francisco Javier García; and Public Works Minister Gonzalo Castillo.

    Pullmantur cruise ship departures from Santo Domingo
    Pullmantur Cruceros’s Zenith is docking at Sansouci Terminal of the Port in Santo Domingo, making it an attractive option for Spanish-speaking tourists both from the Dominican Republic as well as abroad. The ship has capacity for 1,800 passengers in 700 cabins and caters to the Latino market. The cruise is attractive for thousands of Latin American tourists that travel to the Dominican Republic for a beach resort stay and now have the option to visit the Colonial City and then embark on a cruise to the English-speaking Caribbean.

    Spanish is the main language spoken on the cruise ship. Also, the cuisine and entertainment highlight the Latin American experience. The two-time Michelin star chef, Paco Roncero, has developed menus inspired by the classic and modern gastronomic pleasures that truly reflect the broad cultural experience of the Dominican Republic for all those who board the Zenith cruise ship in Sansouci.

    The season began on 21 October 2017 and continues through 22 April 2018. There will be 25 stops at the Port of Santo Domingo for the cruises that offers two itineraries of seven nights – Caribbean Islands and St. Lucia and Caribbean Islands and Barbados, both visiting nine islands in the Caribbean.
    Last edited by Dolores; 11-28-2017 at 06:40 AM.


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