DR1 Travel News - Tuesday, 6 August 2019



Latin America Pro-Am at Casa de Campo
Pure Salt brand comes to Uvero Alto, Punta Cana
Air Canada announces new flights from Quebec City to Punta Cana
Remodeling of arrivals area at Las Americas International

Latin America Pro-Am at Casa de Campo
Casa de Campo presents its 5th Annual Casa de Campo Latin America Pro-Am from 6 to 10 August 2019. It is a 54-hole team event with the participation of professionals and amateurs. It is played at Teeth of the Dog, ranked among the top 50 in the world.

Teams must consist of four amateur golfers with an official index and a golf professional.

More than 100 players have registered for the 2019 competition, including 20 professional golf players. Among the professionals are Luciano Giometti, Luciano Dodda, Armando Zarlenga, Federico Damus, Rafael Guerrero, Santiago Garat, Joaquín Lolas and Danny Barret.

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Pure Salt brand comes to Uvero Alto, Punta Cana
Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina laid the first stone for construction of the Pure Salt Orchidarium in the northern Uvero Alto area of greater Punta Cana. The activity took place 11 July 2019 in Punta Cana.

The Pure Salt Orchidarium is a EUR75.3 million investment. The 269-room adults-only resort will feature pools, five-themed restaurants, four bars, a coffee shop, conference space for 350 persons and an giant orchid garden as its centerpiece.

The company is a brand under MAC Hotels that has three luxury resorts operating in Mallorca, Spain. These are the Pure Salt Port Adriano; Pure Salt Garonda; y Pure Salt Residences Palma. This is the chain’s first resort outside of Spain.

MAC Hotels president Miguel Amengual Cifre has called Punta Cana “a successful destination that is highly appreciated by international clientele.”

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony, Tourism Minister Francisco Javier García said that the Dominican government investment in the tourism sector in the past seven years in the sector is equal to that of the past 40 years.


Air Canada announces new flights from Quebec City to Punta Cana
First Air Canada will be offering direct service between Quebec City (YQB) to the popular sun destinations Punta Cana, Dominican Republic this winter 2019. Service to Punta Cana begins 22 December 2019 and will continue until 12 April 2020.

The flights will be operated on a 200-seat all-economy Air Canada Rouge Airbus A321. Lucie Guillemette, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Air Canada explained that the non-stop connections are being added to meet anticipated demand from the capital of Quebec and Quebec City.

The company is also offering vacation packages through Air Canada Vacations with savings of US$200 per couple and US$400 per family. Air Canada is a member of Star Alliance.

Flight times are:
Saturday: Quebec City to Punta Cana departing at 8:20am, arriving at 1:50pm.
Sunday: Punta Cana to Quebec City departing at 2:50pm, arriving at 6:30pm.


Remodeling of arrivals area at Las Americas International
Travelers arriving this Christmas to the Santo Domingo city international airport will be pleasantly surprised by a new arrival area. Aerodom announced that major renovation works are already underway of the central atrium of the capital city’s airport.

The renovations include new flooring (in an area of 3,000 meters), new furnishing and equipment, and bathroom renovations. The restaurants that are located on the third floor will be relocated to the first floor. New restaurants are being added.

Aerodom expects all works to be completed by November 2019.

Monika Infante, general director of Aerodom, said that the renovations are taking place in a scheduled way to minimize inconveniences for travellers. She said that a second phase covers the relocation and modernizing of security and migration services. Next is the installation of new stores, restaurants and bars to create a modern space for leisure once passengers pass through security and passport controls.

Las Americas International Airport has been operated by Vinci Airports since 2016.

Earlier this year, Aerodom opened the renovated parking area, with significantly lower fares for short and long duration stays.

Aerodom says that the construction of a Cargo City at the airport seeks to expedite import and export cargo operations is also in advanced construction. A new 6,800 square meter warehouse is under construction and a four-floor commercial building. In addition, a separate duty-free zone building is under construction. This warehouse will have capacity for 2,300m2.

Las Americas International Airport services around 140 direct flights a day from Europe, North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.