Hyatt opens its first Dominican resorts
Reo Speedwagon at Altos de Chavón
Gilberto Santa Rosa, Bacilos and Ilegales in Punta Cana
Cubana cancels its flights to Santo Domingo
Asonahores creates US$5 million promotional fund for Punta Cana
Open Waters Swim in Salinas



Hyatt opens its first Dominican resorts
Two deluxe resorts, the Hyatt Ziva and the Hyatt Zilara are opening this Friday, 1 November 2019 in the Cap Cana resort and residential area in southern Punta Cana. The side-by-side resorts are adding 750 oceanfront suites to the destination.

The all-ages Hyatt Ziva features a full-scale water park, extensively themed a la carte restaurants including Noodle & Thread, an Italian-eatery inspired by a vintage tailor shop, a tree house replica kids club and an 80’s steampunk-themed teens club. Its sister hotel, the adults-only Hyatt Zilara features the first Hindu restaurant of the brand inspired by the Venice Simplon Orient Express. It also boasts an underground cenote-inspired spa featuring the first Himalayan salt lounge in the Dominican Republic.

The resorts share a 14,000 square-foot fitness center modeled after an industrial boxing gym, 45,000 square-feet of meeting and event space with wedding venues and a 300-seat open-air amphitheater.

A Dominican Republic native, Pedro Tomás will be the resorts first general manager. Before this appointment, Tomas was general manager of the Hilton La Romana all-inclusive resort. Previously, he was general manager of several AAA Four Diamond recognized properties. He is a recipient of the 2016 CHRIS Rising Star Award.

Hyatt Ziva/Zilara all-inclusive resorts are operating in Montego Bay, Jamaica; Cancún, Los Cabos and Vallarta, Mexico and now in Cap Cana, Dominican Republic.


Reo Speedwagon at Altos de Chavón
Reo Speedwagon is bringing its concert Rock the 80s to the Altos de Chavon auditorium in La Romana on Saturday, 2 November 2019. The opening act is by Asia Ft. John Payne. General admission is RD$4,330 online. Tickets are for sale at Casa de Campo and online at Uepa Tickets.

Listen to their music at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEfCytupOOk


Gilberto Santa Rosa, Bacilos and Ilegales in Punta Cana
Puerto Rican-Dominican salsa singer Gilberto Santa Rosa (El Caballero de la Salsa) will be delighting his fans with his Saturday, 2 November 2019 concert at the amphitheater of the BlueMall Punta Cana. The opening acts are by Bacilos (Latin pop) and Ilegales (Merenhouse trio) groups. Showtime: 9pm.

General admission RD$5,955 online at Uepa Tickets. Tickets are also for sale at Jumbo, Supermercados Nacional and CCN stores ticket booths.


Cubana cancels its flights to Santo Domingo
Cubana de Aviación, the Cuban government flag carrier, announced the cancellation of seven of its international flights, including flights to Santo Domingo. The airline blamed the cancellations on the intensification of the US embargo by the Trump administration.

The international routes that have been cancelled are to Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Mexico City and Cancún (Mexico), Caracas (Venezuela), Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Fort-de-France (Martinique) and Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), as reported by the state-run Cuban News Agency (ACN).

The deputy director of Cubana, Arsenio Arocha Elías-Moisés explained that Cubana de Aviación was notified of the termination of two aircraft lease contracts by third-country companies due to recent sanctions imposed by the Washington administration against Cuba. He said the airline is looking for alternatives to be able to continue providing the services.

https://oncubanews.com/en/cuba-usa/c...n-of-blockade/
https://acento.com.do/2019/actualida...ocho-destinos/


Asonahores creates US$5 million promotional fund for Punta Cana
The National Hotels & Tourism Association (Asonahores) announced the creation of a US$5 million Tourism Promotion Fund. Asonahores president Paola Rainieri made the announcement during the American Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, 23 October 2019. Rainieri explained the funds will be used to promote eastern beach destinations. The promotion fund is to complement actions carried out by the Ministry of Tourism. The Punta Cana area was hit by a rash of reports on the deaths of US tourists that resulted in a downward trend in bookings. A FBI toxicology report later disputed the rumors of tainted alcohol or toxic fumigation practices, but already hundreds of bookings of hotel stays, weddings and meetings affected the destination mainly in mid-year. Tourists, nevertheless, have benefited by the price discounting that came with the cancellations.

Rainieri stressed that the destination has turned a positive out of the negative. She said Asonahores is focused on the incorporation of state of the art technology to offer enhanced security for the tourist and urban areas in coordination with the Specialized Tourism Security Corps (Cestur) and 911. "I firmly believe that the difficulties of these days are fleeting and will leave us stronger," she said.

She added the industry has been working on creating a crisis management committee within Asonahores to improve the capacity of the country to respond to similar events. Other measures implemented are the quarterly inspecting of hotels instead of twice a year; installation of additional surveillance videos in hotel public areas; requiring resorts to post emergency contact information in every guest room; improved medical facilities located inside hotels; and the opening of an emergency tourist center in Punta Cana.

During the luncheon, the guest speaker Frank Comito, general director of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) called on tourism stakeholders to establish a comprehensive collaborative plan to sustain the industry in these challenging times. Comito observed that the Airbnb digital platform had added around 15,235 additional rooms to the lodging capacity of the Dominican Republic. He remarked that while this is a plus for many household incomes, it means the government will receive around US$20 million less in tax revenues.

https://listindiario.com/economia/20...para-promocion


Open Waters Swim in Salinas
The open waters swimming community will be gathering for the Sunday, 24 November 2019 swim in the waters of Salinas in Peravia province (Baní). The Hotel Salinas at Punta Salinas de Puerto Hermoso is the starting point for the Reto Salinas 2019. The distances are 500 meters, 2 km and 5 km. The beach is about an hour west of Santo Domingo. The event is organized by Tiburones Mako Masters of AquasaludRD and has the backing of the Masters Swimming in the Dominican Republic and the Dominican Swimming Federation.

There will be awards for the categories 5 km (34 and less and 35 and more), 2 km (24 and less, 25-34, 35-44, 45-55, 55+) and 500 m (open).

The Hotel Salinas, host of the event, is offering a reduced lodging rate for those staying the weekend of 22 to 24 November 2019.

Registration is RD$1,350 for each swim. Swimmers are only allowed to participate in one distance.

For more information, call 809 519-8269 or [email protected]