DR1 Travel News - 14 May 2019



La Romana Golf Club rebranded as Ocean’s 4
Saturday, 8 June: Non-stop American Airlines from DFW to SDQ
Come to eat in the big city!
Get the vibe for vacationing in the DR at the POP Funhouse
Medical tourism growing in Dominican Republic

La Romana Golf Club rebranded as Ocean’s 4
Playa Nueva Romana’s 18-hole golf course alongside the Caribbean Sea is now being rebranded as Ocean’s 4. The golf course was designed by Maverick Golf and Jack Lund. Lund worked for many years with legendary golf course designer Robert Trent Jones. The golf course gets its name for its four holes that are by the Caribbean Sea.

The golf course is part of the Playa Nueva Romana residential and touristic complex where the Bahia Principe resorts – Gran Bahía Príncipe La Romana and Luxury Bahía Príncipe Bouganville cater to international and national visitors.

The golf course has a golf academy for learning while vacationing.

Located 30 km east of La Romana city, Ocean’s 4 is 100 km east of Santo Domingo and around the same distance from the Punta Cana International Airport.


Saturday, 8 June: Non-stop American Airlines from DFW to SDQ
American Airlines is starting its direct flight from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Las Americas International Airport in Santo Domingo (SDQ). The flight is seasonal and will operate from 8 June 2019 to 17 August 2019.

Dallas is an important connecting city for flights onwards to western United States. There is also a large Dominican community in Texas. Thousands of Dominican travelers from Santo Domingo area may now also take the AA option to fly to the west.

Most American Airlines passengers have been using the AA Miami (MIA) or San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) connections that operate daily.

Come to eat in the big city!
The Ministry of Tourism promotes gastronomy as one of the attractions of Greater Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic’s capital city. Now this is again recognized by the Ibero-American Academy of Gastronomy, which for the second consecutive year has voted Santo Domingo the Gastronomic Culture Capital of the Caribbean (Capital Iberoamericana de la Cultura Gastronomica del Caribe).

In the Dominican Republic, the Academy collaborates with the Academia Dominicana de Gastronomía y Turismo, whose president is Luis Ros.

Greater Santo Domingo spans the Province of Santo Domingo and the National District, and it concentrates the largest number of restaurants and eateries of any one urban area in the Central American and Caribbean area. From food trucks to highend restaurants serving international dishes, good eating is something to do all over the city.

“We are thrilled the Dominican Republic has become well-known as a worldwide gastronomic authority. We’ve quickly become the go-to destination people travel to experience our authentic cuisines and culture,” said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “From traditional delights to fusion restaurants, Dominican Republic offers delectable unique dishes for every palate.”

The Ministry of Tourism highlights experiencing local comfort cooking, such as the hearty breakfast of “mangú” with first boiled and then mashed green plantains topped with eggs, fried cheese and fried salami, or the “bandera dominicana”, the simple but very popular lunch platter of rice, red beans, stewed meat and fried plantains (tostones). Also on the list to try are mofongo, which is mashed plantains that are further fried and topped with deep fried pork or shrimp as well as garlic, oil and salt. Or sancocho, the seven-meat stew. Or chicharrones, the popular preparation of pork rinds. Fish lovers are recommended to try the Boca Chica-style fried fish that of course is served with a side of tostones.

For desert, there are concoctions made with coconut, papaya, pineapple, guava, mango and passion fruit at restaurants and at the dozens of bakeries, pastry shops and breakfast parlors all over the city.


Get the vibe for vacationing in the DR at the POP Funhouse
The Ministry of Tourism has chosen Puerto Plata to be the first Dominican destination to be promoted by the innovative and immersive “funhouse.”

The summer promotion “POP Funhouse” is named for the airport code for Puerto Plata. The free experience promises to take you through eight photo-friendly and individually curated rooms, designed to represent top attractions in Puerto Plata and inspire travel. Participants will experience the sounds, colors and sights of the destination and have the chance to win a expenses paid trip for two.

The events are coordinated by Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor to the Ministry of Tourism. The room themes are: Victorian houses, kitesurfing, Puerto Plata skylift, the world of amber, waterfalls, art murals and the corner grocery store.

The POP Funhouse is set for:
Miami, Florida: Friday, 17 May from 10am to 8pm and on Saturday, 18 May from 10am to 5pm at the Wynwood Soho Studio in Miami, Florida (2136 NW 1st Avenue, Miami, Fl 33127).
Chicago, Illinois: Also at Sterling Bay in Chicago, Il (345 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL 60607) on Friday, 24 May from 2 to 8pm, Saturday, 25 May from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday, 26 May from 10am to 5pm.
New York City: At West Edge at the Chelsea Market in New York, NY on Friday, 31 May from 2 to 8pm, Saturday, 1 June from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday, 2 June from 10am to 5pm.
Boston, Massachusetts: At the Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts in Boston, MA (539 Tremont St, Boston MA 02116), on Saturday, 8 June from 5 to 9pm, Sunday, 9 June from 10am to 8pm, and Monday, 10 June from 10am to 5pm.

Medical tourism growing in Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is consolidating itself as the Caribbean leader in medical tourism. Some 69,550 foreigners used Dominican medical facilities in 2017, according to a recent study. This includes medical emergencies and planned medical tourism visits. A recent report indicates 47,725 persons visited the Dominican Republic to undergo medical procedures at Dominican medical centers.

The findings are in “Study and Diagnostics of Medical Tourism” report carried out by the Dominican Medical Tourism Association (ADTS), which reveals the market segment is growing every year. Medical tourism is estimated to contribute around US$13 billion in revenues to the state every year, as reported in the study by Lourdes Russa. Russa said that investments in this market segment are upwards of US$500 million in facilities and services to better prepare for country for this growing market.

A public-private alliance is being developed to certify the better health service providers. During a presentation with the participation of the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Tourism, National Competitiveness Council (CNC), the Dominican Medical Tourism Association (ADTS) and the National Hotel & Tourism Association (Asonahores).

Health Minister Rafael Sánchez Cárdenas said the country is positioning itself as a leading destination for medical procedures. Also participating in the event were Public Health Minister Rafael Sánchez Cardenas, Tourism Minister Francisco Javier García, as well as the director of the National Competitiveness Council Rafael Paz and Dr. Alejandro Cambiaso, president of the Dominican Medical Tourism Association (ADTS), and Paola Rainieri, president of the National Hotel & Tourism Association (Asonahores).