Carlos Vives at Puerto Plata Amphitheater
New York Times focuses on Samaná’s heritage
Frank Rainieri honored at II Tourism Investment Forum
Hilton now manages the Hilton La Romana resort
Plan your getaways for the Dominican Republic

Carlos Vives at Puerto Plata Amphitheater
Colombian singer Carlos Vives will be at the Juan Lockward Amphitheater in Puerto Plata this coming Saturday, 22 December 2018. The Puerto Plata Amphitheater is located next to the San Felipe Fort and looks onto the Atlantic Ocean. Claro is the sponsor of the event and offers a 10% discount on ticket sales for Claro clients in the Dominican Republic at its corporate building and the Puerto Plata customer service centers.

New York Times focuses on Samana’s heritage
Few traveling to Samana today, where the French migration seems to prevail, are aware of the American heritage that marked the peninsula in the 1800s.

A story in The New York Times, reminds all of the mark left in Samana by the group of more than 300 African-Americans who chartered a boat to Samana in 1824 from Philadelphia. The settlers brought their songs and their religion that today is being kept alive by a few descendants and can be experienced with a Sunday visit to La Churcha, the wooden church in Samana city, the capital of the province-peninsula.

Frank Rainieri honored at II Tourism Investment Forum
The National Association of Hotels & Tourism of the Dominican Republic (Asonahores) recognized Frank Rainieri as “The Champion of Dominican Tourism” during the II Tourism Investment Forum that took place 27 November 2018 in Santo Domingo.

The president of the Puntacana Group received the award from Miguel Adriano Tejada, editor of Diario Libre. In his introduction words, Tejada highlighted: “Don Frank is an undisputed and undefeated champion in the field of tourism, who has managed to give name and prestige to his industry, to the point that he is already recognized as one of the most successful tourism developers in the world. "

Receiving the award, Rainieri expressed his appreciation for being honored by Asonahores. He said that apparently his 49 years of struggles in the sector had not been in vain. He called for the stakeholders of the sector to stop talking about “tourism poles” and switch instead to referring to destinations in the Dominican Republic.

Rainieri said the country’s tourism plans need to be long term and jointly agreed to by the public and private sectors calling for long term alliances. He stressed the importance of land use planning. “A lot of work is still needed if we want to continue the growth of the sector, a sector that has a predominant role in the development of our country,” said Rainieri.

"We have to promote the benefits of tourism throughout the Dominican economy, that leads to long-term stability, with a vision of the dynamic vision of the future and, as we say in Grupo Puntacana, without haste but without pause", he said.

Rainieri is also president of the Grupo Puntacana Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the execution of social-business responsibility and environmental preservation programs. Moreover, he has maintained an active participation as a member of the renowned international non-profit institutions: YPO International, Clinton Global Initiative and World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), among others.

Rainieri has held the presidency of Asonahores, Asoleste, has been a member of the Monetary Board, UNAPEC university, and first vice president of the National Business Council. He is also a past president o the American Chamber of Commerce and still is on its board o directors. He is a past member of the Caribbean Hotel Association board and founding president of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism.

The Asonahores Tourism Investment Forum is a platform for dialogue on public and private stakeholders in tourism. This year, the forum focused on “Development of Tourism through the Stock Market.”

Gloria Guevara, president of the World Tourism Travel Council (WTTC) came for the event that took place at the Santo Domingo Sheraton on Tuesday, 27 November.

Hilton now manages the Hilton La Romana resort
There are 82 million Hilton Honors members around the world. Many of these now will be headed for the new Hilton La Romana resorts. Hilton Hotels & Resorts has added the Hilton La Romana family resort and adult resort (formerly the Dreams La Romana managed by AmResorts) to their global portfolio this year, in association with Playa Hotels & Resort. Playa already manages the Sanctuary Cap Cana, in the Punta Cana beach strip.

The newly renovated Hilton La Romana, an all-inclusive family resort, offers 412-rooms on the beach. The facilities include tennis and beach volleyball, snorkeling and scuba diving. There are five restaurants on the premise.

The Hilton La Romana, an all-inclusive adult resort, is a 344-room, adults only resort located on Bayahibe beach. It has four swimming pools, spa, and proximity to four champion golf courses. The resort has a casino and eight bars and lounges.

Plan your getaways for the Dominican Republic
Women gatherings are popular among locals – why not promote them for foreign tourists. Now the Ministry of Tourism is telling people all around the world to plan their girls’ getaway at one of the country’s more than 600 hotels and endless rentals.

This is the place to hold that bachelorette bash or plan a winter escape with closest friends. The Caribbean and Central America’s best air connections make it easy to coordinate the arrivals of friends from all around the world.

“High-end lodging, fine dining, unique cultural experiences and, above all, our warm and hospitable people make Dominican Republic the premier Caribbean destination for a girls’ getaway,” said Magaly Toribio, marketing advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “Whether looking for an adrenaline-filled adventure, holistic and healthy living retreat or a luxurious and relaxing getaway, Dominican Republic offers something for every interest.”