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    Default DR1 Travel News - 5 November 2019

    2019 Santo Domingo ITU Triathlon World Cup
    Universal Aviation expands operations in the Dominican Republic
    United adds a third frequency to its SDQ-EWR route
    Rental properties for tourists increasing
    Construction begins at the Margaritaville Island Reserve in the Punta Cana area

    2019 Santo Domingo ITU Triathlon World Cup
    Franklin de la Cruz, president of the Dominican Triathlon Federation, announced Santo Domingo will host the Triathlon World Championship this weekend. The event has the support and endorsement of the International Triathlon Union (ITU). The event offers US$60,000 in cash prizes. The winner gets US$7,500.

    The event is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, 9-10 November at the Sans Soucí beach in Punta Torrecilla (Villa Duarte) of Santo Domingo East. The swim-run-and bike race has categories in sprint and super sprint distances. Athletes have registered from 25 countries.

    The competition includes a 1,500-meter swim (2 laps), a 40 km bike race (5 laps) and a 10 km run (3 laps). The swim will take place in a rectangular circuit of 750 meters in two laps in the Marina of the Sans Souci’s Naval Officers Club. The bike race is set to leave the transition zone to the right at West on Av. España until the turning point in front of the National Aquarium. The return is on the opposite way until a turning point in front of the Naval Academy. Then there is a turn and back to Marina of Sans Souci, passing through the same transition.

    The run is over Av. España until a turning point. Then back to the Marina of Sans Souci, passing through the transition zone. The competition offers views of the Caribbean while completing a loop of 2.5 km that will be repeated four times on the asphalt course. The race finishes inside the Marina, at the end of the run course.

    More than 100 men and women athletes from around 25 countries are expected to arrive in the next few days for the competition. The event will be held on the beach of Sans Soucí, at the Officers Club of the 27 de Febrero Naval Base.

    Athletes are coming from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States. The athletes are arriving through Las Americas (Santo Domingo) and Punta Cana international airports.

    Universal Aviation expands operations in the Dominican Republic
    Universal Aviation Dominican Republic, a member of Universal Aviation, the worldwide ground handling division of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., has announced that it has expanded its Dominican operations to cover eight airports in the country. The company also announced it will be opening a centralized operations center at the La Isabela International Airport in northern Santo Domingo in December 2019. The company envisions the center will lower operators’ risk and stress by offering the services in one location, including permits, ground support, catering and transportation coordination.

    The newly signed commercial agreement with Assist Air, a member of the Caribbean Holding Group, expands Universal Aviation Dominican Republic’s state-of-the-art ground handling support services for corporate and private aviation operators to six international airports in the Dominican Republic. Caribbean Holding Group, is the holding company of Caribbean Catering Services, and Aviam LTD, the largest provider of under-the-wing services in the Dominican Republic.

    The company has added the main airports serving Punta Cana, Samaná, Santo Domingo, Santiago, Puerto Plata and Barahona. The company had already been operating since 2016 at the La Romana airport and at La Isabela airport in northern Santo Domingo.

    United adds a third frequency to its SDQ-EWR route
    United Airlines has added a frequency from Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) in Santo Domingo to Newark International Airport (EWR) in the New Jersey-New York area. United now has three flights connecting New Jersey-New York area with Santo Domingo. The Santo Domingo departure times for the three-hour flight are 6:15am, 11:28am and 3:28pm. United is flying a Boeing 737-900 with capacity for 179 passengers.

    After Punta Cana International (PUJ), Las Americas International is the Dominican airport to receive the most passengers and offer the most flights. Aerodom-Vinci Airports reports the on average 140 international flights depart for Europe and the Americas every day.

    Rental properties for tourists increasing
    According to a report in Listin Diario, citing Central Bank statistics, some 288,115 foreign tourists came to the country and did not stay in hotels.

    The Central Bank September tourism report revealed that 93.2% of foreign visitors stayed at hotels. The 6% of the tourists who chose to stay in different accommodations is a 10.6% increase over the previous year.

    Listin Diario suggests many of the foreign tourists would have stayed at Airbnb properties. There are more than 17,000 Airbnb properties registered in the country. In La Altagracia province alone, where the main tourist hub of Punta Cana is located, there are 3,382 for rent, with an average occupation of 33%.

    The average price of these rental properties is US$128 a day, and rental properties are increasing at a rate of 3% every three months, according to AirDNA, a market research firm, specializing in Airbnb.

    Looking at other areas, in Santo Domingo AirDNA shows 2,435 active rental properties with an average daily rate of US$66 and 57% occupancy.

    In Puerto Plata there are 3,589 rental properties with an average daily rate of US$132, 33% occupancy.

    In La Vega, which is mainly Jarabacoa, there are 497 rental properties, with an average price of US$175 a day, a 21% occupancy.

    Construction begins at the Margaritaville Island Reserve in the Punta Cana area
    President Medina was in Cap Cana on Tuesday, 29 October 2019 for the ground-breaking ceremony for the Margaritaville Island Reserve Cap Cana. The family-friendly resort will have 228 rooms and suites and is due to open in 2021. It will feature three swimming pools, a spa, a Parakeet’s Kids Club, seven restaurants and three bars, including the signature 5”O’clock Somewhere bar.

    Karisma announced the all-inclusive resort calls for a US$150 million investment. Karisma already owns the Nickelodeon and Sensatori hotels in northern Punta Cana. Karisma has other Margaritaville Island properties under construction in Cancun, Riviera Maya and Jamaica.

    Present for the ground-breaking were also Tourism Minister Francisco Javier García, the CEO of Karisma Hotels & Resorts Rafael Felix Germán; John Cohlan, president of Margaritaville Holdings; and Abraham Hazoury, president of the board of Cap Cana. Karisma Hotels & Resorts Felix Germán is a Dominican-born and raised entrepreneur.
    Last edited by Dolores; 11-08-2019 at 05:12 PM.

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