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    Default DR1 Travel News - 5 March 2019

    Fran Cosmo and Bobby Kimball at Hard Rock Live
    Vistas del Pedregal: the first Greg Norman-designed golf course
    Fly nonstop from Kansas City to Punta Cana
    Spring-summer sales offered for Club Med Punta Cana
    Dominican ultra-trail cross country running race set for Saturday, 9 March 2019

    Fran Cosmo and Bobby Kimball at Hard Rock Live
    Two of rock's legendary voices, Boston former lead singer Fran Cosmo and Toto former lead singer Bobby Kimball are booked for a live concert at the Hard Rock Live in Santo Domingo. The performance of the classic rock singers is set for Friday, 8 March 2019, at 10pm.

    Vistas del Pedregal: the first Greg Norman-designed golf course
    Vistas del Pedregal Golf & Country Club in northern Santo Domingo is the first to be designed by Greg Norman Design in the Dominican Republic. Norman is the Australian professional golfer and entrepreneur who spent 331 weeks as the world's Number 1 Official World Golf Rankings ranked golfer in the 1980s and 1990s.

    The new golf course is located in a mountainous area close to the capital city, surrounded by tropical forests and featuring elevation changes and panoramic views of mountains and ravines.

    Norman’s golf designing firm says it aims to develop the natural flow of the topography and to incorporate the native vegetation and natural surroundings into the golf landscape. “The design focuses on a minimal disturbance approach and regeneration of the existing landscape, including the care and enhancement of creeks and streams and rescue of endemic flora with reinsertion back into the microsystems of the project.” Organic products will be used to maintain the course and an automated irrigation system is to be installed, which focuses on optimal water use. Bulk earthworks and Rain Bird irrigation are underway.

    Grupo Malespin began construction on the 1.1 million square-meter site in autumn 2018. The 18-hole golf course, learning center and short game complex is expected to be completed in late 2019.

    “Vistas del Pedregal is one-of-a-kind in the Dominican Republic, conceived with the purpose of adding value to the traditional concept of social and sports clubs,” said Marcos Malespin, president of Vistas del Pedregal Golf & Country Club. “Greg Norman Golf Course Design is a world-class partner and adds tremendous value to the project – we are thrilled to have Greg and his team onboard.”

    Fly nonstop from Kansas City to Punta Cana
    Effective 15 February through 2 August 2019, there are nonstop charter flights between Kansas City International Airport and Punta Cana International Airport. The flights make it easy for Kansas residents to escape the cold and for entire families to come to the Punta Cana wonderland resorts. The Vacation Express packages are starting at US$799 and include six nights all-inclusive and airfare.

    Vacation Express is working with the Caribe Club Princess Beach Resort, Ocean Blue & Sand Resort, Grand Palladium Bavaro Suites Resort, Be Live Collection Punta Cana Adults Only, Occidental Caribe, Punta Cana Princess All Suites Resort, Excellence El Carmen, Catalonia Bavaro Beach, Barcelo Bavaro Beach, Majestic Elegance Punta Cana, Emotions by Hodelpa in Juan Dolio.

    Flights depart Kansas City on Friday and return on Thursday for six-night stays. The good news is that for travelers who already have a place to stay, air-only is also available. The weekly charter flight is operated by Miami Air International that is flying a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 180 seats.

    "Punta Cana is one of our most popular destinations, and we're happy to be able to provide Kansas City with non-stop flights to this Caribbean paradise for the second consecutive year,” said Kevin Hernandez, Vacation Express vice president, sales & digital strategy. “Increasing numbers of favorite resort brands such as Royalton and Excellence in Punta Cana only increases its popularity, so there's something for every type of traveler."

    Pat Klein, Kansas City director of aviation says that Punta Cana has become the most popular Caribbean destination from Kansas City.

    Spring-summer sales offered for Club Med Punta Cana
    Club Med Punta Cana is advertising sales on spring break and summer all-inclusive vacation packages. The company says that for a limited time, families can book an all-inclusive vacation package with prices starting as low as US$119 per person, per night. Children receive free or discounted stays. Kids under 4 stay free, and kids 4-15 can stay for up to 50 percent off.

    To participate in the promotion, families must book before 2 May 2019 for travel between now and 2 November, which means travelers can take advantage of the special pricing for summer vacations too.

    Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: Set on a 2,000-foot stretch of white-sand beach, Club Med Punta Cana caters to active families. Experiences include: Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil, an interactive playground with more than 25 acrobatic and artistic activities for guests of all ages; a L'Occitane Spa and men's barbershop; and endless water and land activities.

    Giorgio Calcaterra coming for 100 km del Caribe
    The Italian ultramarathoner, Giorgio Calcaterra registered to race in the 100 km 24 hour Dominican race. The three times world champion of the 100 km will be joining other international and national athletes for the mountain challenge.

    The Dominican ultra-trail cross country running race is set for Saturday, 9 March 2019. You, too, are invited to participate in the 100km 24 hour “100 km del Caribe Non Stop race sponsored by Propagas.” This mountain race is from Rancho Francisco in San José de Ocoa to the Hotel Altocerro in Constanza.

    The 100km del Caribe Non Stop by Propagas is a one stage race that promotes the development and care of nature and its resources. Runners race mostly on dirt roads on altitudes ranging from 394 to 2,490m.

    The single stage race starts off with a 5km Family Run. There is also a relay modality that can be run by two competitors. The first runner reaches Las Pirámidas (52 km) and from there, the partner runs the remaining 48 km to Constanza.

    The organizers say there are no restrictions on participation and guarantee full safety for the entirety of the run.

    Last year, ultra marathon runners, Italians Alice Modigiani and Francesco Gentilucci, Yarah Bobe, from Puerto Rico, and Argentinean Fernando Marino competed. This year they will be joined by Giorgio Calcaterra. The Italian ultramarathoner is regarded as the most successful athlete at the IAU 100 km European Championships.

    Race organizer Mariluz Viñas says: "This race goes beyond the quest for a medal. Each of the participants that complete the race will be winning a personal achievement medal.”

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    Thanks for sharing!!


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