DR1 Travel News - 7 November 2017


May 3, 2000
British tourists increase, most come in August
Take Southwest from Fort Lauderdale to Punta Cana
Glider pilot makes it from North Carolina to Montecristi
Bahia Principe Bávaro Resort uses only electrical cars

British tourists increase
According to a new report by PUCMM University, called “Bulletin on Travel and Tourism United Kingdom-Dominican Republic” prepared in collaboration with the British Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic (BritCham) and covering the three months from September to November 2017, the number of Britons coming to the country has increased over the past five years.

In 2012, there were 98,288 British visitors and in 2016, the number of British tourists jumped to 165,111. In just the last two years there has been a 16.2% increase in tourists from Britain.

In 2016, the Dominican Republic had a total of 5,134,110 nonresident foreign visitors of which 3.2% were British citizens, putting the country in seventh place of all visiting countries to the DR, and fourth place among European countries.

August had the highest number of British arrivals at 16,988, accounting for 10.3% of the total of the year 2016. February registered the lowest number of arrivals from the UK with 10,756 for 6.5% of the annual total, despite this month being known as the high season for foreign visitations.

The bulletin showed the main places visited were Punta Cana, Bávaro, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica, Altos de Chavón, Sosúa, Cabarete, Samaná and Greater Santo Domingo.
Most of the British arrivals by air come into Punta Cana, followed by Puerto Plata and then Las Americas.


Take Southwest from Fort Lauderdale to Punta Cana
Southwest Airlines has begun flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) to Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), opening up Punta Cana resort vacations for those seeking carefree weekends.

The airline is a low cost option for travelers seeking to connect through Fort Lauderdale to the extensive Southwest United States domestic network. The airline also provides for convenient connections for flights in dozens of cities across the Southwest domestic network without change fees and with free baggage.

The new flight is part of an expansion of the airline in the Caribbean, announced Steve Goldberg, Southwest’s senior vice president of operations and hospitality.
The new Punta Cana-Fort Lauderdale nonstop daily flights start as low as US$129 one-way. JetBlue also flies to FLL from PUJ nonstop.

Glider pilot makes it from North Carolina to Montecristi
Cardiologist Douglas Bournigal became the first aviator to arrive on a direct flight from North Carolina to Montecristi. He did so on a Stemme AG sport glider aircraft from North Carolina to Montecristi. The Montecristi airfield was made international for the event. Bournigal was accompanied on the flight by his 85-year old uncle, Lionel Bournigal.

Upon their arrival, they were received by Montecristi province and city authorities, including governor Marcelino Cordero and mayor Luis Méndez. The municipal band played the national anthem to mark the accomplishment and celebrate their safe arrival.

A commission from the Airport Department, including director Marino Collante, and the deputy directors of the Dominican Aviation Institute (IDAC) Johan Estrada and Eliseo Zorrilla. were present. Also Jose Luis Bournigal, president of the Montecristi Tourism Cluster.

Bournigal said he navigated at altitudes from 11,500 to 9,500 feet according to the winds. On the route, when the Bournigals flew over the Bermuda Triangle the flight fell off the radar, causing tense moments for the thousands who were following the flight on social media and on the news.

Bournigal has for years been promoting private plane tourism and sport aviation in the Dominican Republic. There are an estimated 60,000 private plane pilots from the United States and Canada that visit destinations in the Caribbean every year.


Bahia Principe uses electrical cars
The Spanish hotel company, Grupo Piñero is using its Bahia Principe Bávaro Resort in Punta Cana as the showcase for the implementation of an environmentally friendly internal transport program for hotels.

The company proudly announced this November 2017 the switch to electrical cars of all its internal transport at the Punta Cana resort. A fleet of 100 fully powered electrical cars is now at the service of staff and tourists at the Bahía Principe Bávaro Resort. The company estimates they will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 900 tons and will consume around 365 tons less of fossil fuel a year.

Grupo Piñero is pre-manufacturing the Emos brand vehicles at their own Turiscar facility in Murcia, Spain. The final assembly then takes place in Jamaica, Mexico and Dominican Republic. Since it began operations in 2016, Turiscar has made available 318 vehicles for hotel operations in Spain, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Jamaica.

Bahia Principe has also signed on for Blue Flag, the environmental certification, for its beaches in the Dominican Republic.