DR1 Daily News - 28 May 2019



Armando Manzanero booked for Blue Jack Tar
Samaná invites to its Festival Marisco Ripiao
Direct flights to Rhode Island
Hilton Garden Inn in Punta Cana
Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana Resort coming in 2020

Armando Manzanero booked for Blue Jack Tar
83-year old Mexican singer Armando Manzanero will be soon singing his romantic boleros at the Centro de Convenciones Blue Jack Tar in Puerto Plata. The concert is scheduled for Saturday, 6 July 2019 at 8pm.

Mileyka Brugal, director of the new convention and shows center in Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata said that Manzanero has promised to sing his greatest hits for his thousands of Dominican fans.

El Centro de Convenciones Blue JackTar, is the largest events hall in the North Coast, with 1,217 square meters.

Tickets are for sale online at Uepa Tickets and at Supermercados Nacional, Jumbo stores and CCN Servicios. Call 809 320-3800. General admission is RD$4,330 online.

Samaná invites to its Festival Marisco Ripiao
Sánchez in Samaná province is readying its Festival Marisco Ripiao 2019 that is scheduled for 28-30 June 2019. The gastronomic-cultural event is in its sixth year. Sánchez is located on the southern side of the Samaná peninsula. The happening has the backing of the Ministry of Tourism. The festival will be three days of music, seafood and insights into the culture of the northeastern peninsula. Sánchez is a significant producer of shrimps and shellfish.


Direct flights to Rhode Island
Sun Country Airlines will be flying nonstop to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) as of 16 November 2019. The seasonal wintertime flights will continue through April 2020. Flights will be from Rhode Island’s T.F. Green International Airport (PVD).

The flights will begin once a week on Saturdays, then the frequency will increase to twice a week (Saturdays and Wednesdays) starting 25 December through 22 April 2020.

It is expected that thousands of Dominicans who live in Rhode Island will consider taking this direct flight to come home for the Christmas holidays. Punta Cana is 2.5 hours away from the capital city, but half an hour from the towns of La Romana and Higuey on a superhighway.

The airline is luring thousands of tourists who live in the Rhode Island to take the quick 3:45 hour flight to get to over 100 resorts and hotels in the Punta Cana and nearby La Romana beach and golf areas.

Iftikhar Ahmad, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation that runs the airport, announced on 21 May 2019: “Today we announce a great new international route that will benefit the airport, Rhode Island’s tourism economy and Rhode Island’s strong and vibrant Latino community,” he said.

He added: “Rhode Island is home to thousands of Dominicans who will now be able to enjoy the convenience of traveling nonstop from T.F. Green Airport. When I first took this position, I met with Mayor Elorza and he stressed the importance of securing this route. I’m very pleased this has come together for the community and I want to thank Sun Country for making it happen.”

In turn, Sun Country Airlines Chief Executive Officer Jude Bricker remarked: “We’re thrilled to expand our network in Providence and to provide another nonstop international route for T.F. Green.”

Expedia on 28 May 2019 had posted fares of US$407 for the roundtrip flight.


Hilton Garden Inn in Punta Cana
Noriega Group is behind the construction of the 120-room business hotel, Hilton Garden Inn in Punta Cana. The hotel will be centrally located in Downtown Punta Cana. The hotel will be easily accessible by the Punta Cana Touristic Boulevard. It will mainly cater to the business traveler.

The Venezuelan investors are the developers of Downtown Punta Cana and several other ventures in Punta Cana since 2014.


Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana Resort coming in 2020
Apple Leisure Group’s AMResorts AmResorts is promoting its newest resort, the Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana Resort & Spa scheduled for opening in 2020. The family resort will be located on Macao beach in northern Punta Cana. It will have 500 rooms and suites.

The hotel is the property of Santa-Maria Group, a Spanish company best known for its water parks, hotels, real estate developments and entertainment centers in the Caribbean and Europe. The company built the first water park in Europe, Aqualandia in Costa Blanca, Benidorm Spain. Others are Mundomar and Terra Mítica,

The design is by GVA Arquitectos and the construction is by Codelpa. The Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana Resort & Spa will feature three pools and an on-site waterpark.

The resort is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2020. It will be the 11th AMResorts branded property in the Dominican Republic and the fifth destination in the Dominican Republic in the AMResorts Collection.