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    Default DR1 Travel News - 18 December 2018

    DR1 Travel News breaks for the Christmas holidays
    Air Century begins flights to Havana Cuba from JBQ
    Puerto Plata to get Marriott luxury brands
    President Medina to attend groundbreaking for 8-floor Marriott hotel in Santiago
    Good shows for the Christmas holidays

    DR1 Travel News breaks for the Christmas holidays
    DR1 Travel News goes on holiday. The Tuesday travel news digest will not be published on Tuesday, 25 December 2018 or on Tuesday, 1 January 2019. The travel news digest will continue after the Christmas and New Year holidays. The next update will be on Tuesday, 8 January 2019. Have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

    Air Century begins flights to Havana Cuba from JBQ
    Air Century announced the start on 13 December 2018 of their direct flights to Havana, Cuba on Thursdays and Sundays. The airline will be using two modern Bombardier CRJ200 jets with capacity for 50 passengers to serve this Caribbean route, announced Omar Chahin Lima, CEO of the company. He said the plan is to consolidate the La Isabela International Airport (JBQ) in northern Santo Domingo as a Caribbean hub to allow for easy connections to the cities they serve in Puerto Rico, Haiti, St. Maarten, Aruba and Curacao.

    Puerto Plata to get Marriott luxury brands
    Top executives of Marriott International were here to announce the intention of The Luxury Collection, W Hotels and Ritz-Carlton Reserve brands to open three new hotels catering to the luxury traveler in Puerto Plata, on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Construction is scheduled to start in 2019. The details of the new lodging nor the location of the hotels were not revealed in the Presidency announcement.

    The Marriott investors met with President Danilo Medina at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. They say the project calls for an investment of more than US$350 million and will create more than 2,000 direct jobs. The investors were accompanied by Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier García in their visit to the Presidential Palace.

    The Presidency that Marriott International and The Ocean Club Group would be uniting to offer a new standard of luxury tourism in the Dominican Republic. Also participating in the presentation of the new luxury properties to the President was The Ocean Club Group president, Ian Schembri Sant. The company presently operates Gansevoort Playa Imbert in Sosua.

    Hervé Humler, president and president and chief operations officer for Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Bulgari Hotels & Resorts, expressed his enthusiasm in the press conference called to make the announcement. “I want to express our appreciation to the President and his cabinet for the support to our initiatives. He said the intention is to install “the best of the best.” He was referring to The Ritz-Carlton, W Hotels and The Luxury Collection.

    Also participating in the meeting was Bojan Kumer, Marriott International vice president for international hotel development for the Caribbean and Latin America. He said their plan is to completely transform the north coast into a luxury destination.

    Also present for the meeting was Environment Minister Angel Estevez; legal advisor to the President Flavio Dario Espinal; Remy Teuma, head of the New York office of Messier Maris & Associés, a financial advisory firm that specializes in mergers & acquisitions, restructuring and debt advisory services for corporate players, family-owned businesses and private-equity groups. Also attending were Juan Francisco Cordero, director for The Ocean Club Group and Carlos Aguilar, architect for GVA in Mexico.

    President Medina to attend groundbreaking for 8-floor Marriott hotel in Santiago
    President Danilo Medina on Tuesday, 18 December 2018 was in Santiago for the start of construction of a Marriott International hotel on Calle Del Sol in downtown Santiago city. The eight floor hotel follows along the recent announcement of Marriott International for the construction of luxury hotels in Puerto Plata, half an hour drive from Santiago.

    Marriott already operates the Courtyard by Marriott on Autopista Duarte Km 9.
    In the Dominican Republic Marriott International operates the brands: JW Marriott, Westin, Courtyard by Marriott, Four Points, Sheraton and Renaissance.

    Good shows for the Christmas holidays
    Wednesday, 19 December. Santo Domingo: Hard Rock Café
    Contemporary singer Pavel Núñez is at the Hard Rock Live at Blue Mall with his concert, “Oratoria y otras historias”. He will be accompanied by “El Corredor de la 27 de Febrero” band. 9pm.

    Friday, 21 December. Santo Domingo: Hard Rock Live
    Cuban singer Amaury Gutierrez is booked for a performance at the Hard Rock Live Blue Mall as of 9pm.

    Saturday, 22 December. Punta Cana: Cap Cana
    Electric Paradise 2018, an electronic music extravaganza, is taking place at Cap Cana.

    Saturday, 22 December. Santo Domingo. Hard Rock Live
    Willie Colon will be playing salsa all night long at the Hard Rock Café Live of Blue Mall. 9pm.

    Saturday, 22 December. Puerto Plata. Puerto Plata Amphitheater
    Colombian singer Carlos Vives is booked for the Puerto Plata amphitheater as of 9pm.

    Saturday, 22 December. San Cristobal. Front esplanade of the El Viajero
    Anthony Santos will delight all with his bachatas “Bazucazo Navideño 2018” at the Explanada Lateral del Antiguo El Viajero in southern San Cristobal.

    Tuesday, 25 December. San Cristobal. Campo Club
    “Reventon Navideño 2018” is the big tropical music show with several leading Dominican tropical music performers, including Los Hermanos Rosario, Toño Rosario, Raulín Rodríguez, Shadow Blow, Yiyo Sarante y Wason Brazobán. From 5pm at the Campo Club de San Cristobal.

    Saturday, 29 December. La Romana. Chavon Amphitheater
    Nicky Jam and Afrojack are booked for a show at the Chavon Amphitheater in La Romana.

    Monday, 31 December 2018. Santo Domingo. Jaragua Renaissance
    The Jaragua Renaissance presents “Ultra SuperMegaBaile” with merengue superstars Fernando Villalona, Toño Rosario and Rubby Pérez. Also Eddy Herrera, Miriam Cruz, David Kada, Wilfrido Vargas, Krisspy, Kinito Méndez, Mozart La Para. 9pm.

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    "Marriott already operates the Courtyard by Marriott on Autopista Duarte Km 9. "

    I thought Hodelpa took over that Hotel years ago.


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