DR1 Travel News - 4 June 2019



Lego building at Grand Sirenis Punta Cana Resort
Puerto Plata is leading cruise ship port in Dominican Republic
Sanctuary Cap Cana promotes renovations
Promoting the DR at MLB ballparks

Lego building at Grand Sirenis Punta Cana Resort
Grand Sirenis Punta Cana Resort Casino & Aquagames is promoting the new attractions at their fully refurbished holiday complex that reopened to the public in December 2018. US$30 million were invested in the renovation that includes two new buildings and several new services and amenities. The resort complex offers activities for all ages and has programs for families, couples and groups of friends.

Grand Sirenis Punta Cana Resort is made up of two hotels, Grand Sirenis Cocotal Beach Resort and Grand Sirenis Tropical Suites and is located in Uvero Alto, in northern Punta Cana.

For families, the resort now offers a Lego building zone at its Sirenis Kids Club. This is in addition to its expansive Aquagames Water Park and its two pools that are separate for children.


Puerto Plata is leading cruise ship port in the Dominican Republic
Deputy Tourism Minister Julio Almonte reports that in the first five months of the year, 86 cruise ships have arrived to Amber Cove, the Carnival Cruise port in Maimón. From January to May, 365,257 have arrived on the cruise ships. Of these 273,399 were cruise passengers and another 91,858 crew.

Puerto Plata is the country’s leading cruise ship destination since the opening of Amber Cove in 2015. To date, 543 cruise ship stops, bringing 2,275,727 cruise passengers and crew have arrived at that port.

Puerto Plata is working to lure more maritime tourists when a second cruise ship terminal, Taino Bay, opens in 2020 attracting different cruise lines. The new port is under construction in the city of Puerto Plata.

Cruise ships also stop at Casa de Campo La Romana and Catalina Island in La Romana, Sansouci Santo Domingo, Cayo Levantado in Samaná, and Cap Cana in Punta Cana.

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Sanctuary Cap Cana promotes renovations
The adults-only, all-inclusive 325-room Sanctuary Cap Cana, has completed a US$45 million renovation project. The hotel is operated by Playa Hotels & Resorts. Two six-story buildings were added with 140 new units and swimming pools. The fitness center was redone.

Sanctuary Cap Cana guests have access to five a la carte and buffet restaurants, six bars, five pools, a saltwater swimming pool, tennis courts, a marina and the Punta Espada Jack Nicklaus golf course.


Promoting the DR at MLB ballparks
The Ministry of Tourism has organized a series of tribute games at US Major League Baseball ballparks this summer to promote the contribution of Dominican ballplayers to the sport. These begin on Wednesday, 5 June 2019 with a first Dominican Day at the PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The games will pay tribute to the past as well as current Dominican players who have helped shape the sport. “Baseball is more than just a pastime, it’s a major source of identity and pride to Dominican culture,” said Magaly Toribio, marketing advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “We appreciate this opportunity to recognize our country’s most influential players and demonstrate the passion contributed to each and every game.”

Game integrations will include a video honoring iconic players and on-field presentations to Dominican home team players in addition to giveaways at select stadiums. Leading up to the game, attendees will have the chance to enjoy authentic Dominican music, with live bands performing bachata and Dominican merengue before the game and as well as a Dominican-themed photobooth.

The Dominican Republic continues to lead the Major Leagues with the most representatives from outside the United States. More than 100 Dominican players earned spots on the 2019 opening day roster or 40% of all players that are from outside the United States.

Overall Dominican players now represent 11.6 percent of all Major League Baseball starters.

Specific dates and locations are as follows:
June 5: Pittsburg Pirates (Pirates vs. Braves)
August 12: Chicago White Sox (White Sox vs. Astros)
August 13: Cleveland Indians (Indians vs. Red Sox)
August 15: New York Yankees (Yankees vs. Indians)
August 17: Boston Red Sox (Red Sox vs. Orioles)
August 22: Atlanta Braves (Braves vs. Marlins)
August 26: San Diego Padres (Padres vs. Dodgers)
September 3: Washington Nationals (Nationals vs. Mets)
September 9: Houston Astros (Astros vs. Angels)
September 12: Texas Rangers (Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics)
September 27: Philadelphia Phillies (Phillies vs. Marlins)