Watch the whales from Cayo La Farola in Samaná
Asonahores’ DATE set for 11-13 April 2018
Beach Club open at Playarena in Baní area
Government commits to build highway to Corbanitos Beach

Watch the whales from Cayo La Farola
The Espíritu Santo Fishermen Cooperative and the Ministry of Environment have begun eco-tourism operations in Cayo La Farola, in the Bay of Samaná. The cay is within the La Navidad Marine Mammal Sanctuary and next to the larger and better known Cayo Levantado out island.

Visitors taking the commuter boat to Cayo La Farola can enjoy a lookout point to watch whales without having to take a whale-watcher excursion into the bay. There is also a fun hiking trail. In addition there is the option to snorkel above the coral at the edge of the cay.

The cooperative sought to diversify income sources for area residents in a sustainable way and came up with this initiative. The main goal is to reduce the pressure on the fishing resources in the Bay of Samaná.

The cooperative has received backing from the Embassy of Germany in the country and the German Cooperation for Development, GIZ, via its Development of the Mesoamerican Alliance for Biodiversity Program (DABio) for the construction of the observation tower and hiking trail at the cay.

Support was also received from the United States Government via the International Development Agency (USAID) for training in offering of eco-tourism services in the area including how to interpret nature, first aid and administration services.

Asonahores’ DATE set for 11-13 April 2018
Asonahores has announced the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange will take place at the Barceló Bavaro Convention Center in Punta Cana. The event is set for 11-13 April 2018. This is the 19th edition of the leading hotel and tours booking event.

This year, international participants will be offered a tour of Santo Domingo with the backing of the Santo Domingo Hotel Association.

Beach Club open at Playarena in Baní area
The Puntacana, Selman, Rizek and Read groups have announced the opening of the Beach Club and the start of the construction of the “Playa de Puntarena Hotel and Condominiums” in los Corbanitos, Baní.

President Medina attended the opening of the Club de Playa Bahía Flamencos Punta Arena at the site of the Los Corbanitos Beach development in southern Peravia province. This is a US$195 million investment to be unfolded over a seven-year period. The residential and hotel development has two million square meters with lots for hotels and residences on the beach front for the building of villas, luxury apartments, a recreation area, bars and restaurants, a marina and others. Puntarena, located in the Sabana Buey municipality, has five kilometers of beachfront and is 20 minutes from the city of Baní and an hour drive from Santo Domingo.

During the opening, leading investor Frank Rainieri of the Puntacana Group explained that the Flamenco Bay Beach Club would accommodate visitors to the project as they come to enjoy the beach and sports facilities. Rainieri announced the start of the construction of a first 94-room hotel and two beachfront condominiums. He said that the condo-hotel would have 200 apartments in seven buildings of four floors each for a total of 128 units of two and three bedrooms with 139 and 181 square meters of living space. All the units will have a beachfront view to the Las Calderas Bay.

The overall project as 15.5 million square meters of which six million will be developed and a 9.5 million reserve.

Government commits to build highway to Corbanitos Beach
Tourism Minister Francisco Javier García announced last week the construction of the highway that will connect Santo Domingo with the southwest. Tourists headed to beaches in the Baní city area will no longer have to pass through the city’s congested streets.

García said by connecting through the Santo Domingo bypass that is under construction, tourists arriving to Las Americas International Airport will be able to easily reach the southwest. García said the development of Puntarena comes at a time when the Medina government is stepping up support for tourism developments in the southwest.