2000 Travel News ArchiveTravel

Popular Dominican hotelier returns

Jose Manuel Lovaton Franco is back. The former president of the National Hotel & Restaurant Association has returned to Santo Domingo after nine years abroad. He is back as general manager of the Hotel V Centenario Inter-Continental. Lovatón was practically born into the hotel business as he is the son of "Don Mencho" Lovatón, who in the early days of tourism industry was a top ranking Inter-Continental executive when that chain operated the legendary Hotel Embajador in the 60s and 70s. Born in Miami, Florida, he studied business at Unapec in Santo Domingo and hotel administration at Florida International University. He worked in the DR for 10 years reaching the position of director of operations of the Santo Domingo Sheraton, and holding the position of president of the Dominican hotels association. "Josie" Lovatón left to try himself out where he was not so well known. For six years, he worked at the Pelican Resorts and Casino, a 1,400-room hotel in St. Martin. In 1994, he joined Inter-Continental in 1994 to take charge of their operations in Tequendama and Río Negro, Colombia. He was based in Medellín. Lovatón announced in an interview in Hoy newspaper that Inter-Continental Hotel chain is contemplating operating a hotel in Santiago and another in Bávaro. (13 December 2000)