2010 Travel News ArchiveTravel

Prestigious award for Frank Rainieri

The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences has honored Frank Rainieri, president and CEO of the Puntacana Group, with their prestigious Personal Achievement Award. The award recognizes his work as a pioneer and leader in the development of sustainable tourism in the Dominican Republic.
Owners and operators of the Puntacana Resort & Club, the Puntacana Group was established in 1969 by Rainieri and New York attorney Ted Kheel. Over the past 40 years, Rainieri and his family have provided inspiration, leadership and enthusiasm for sustainable development that has made Punta Cana one of the most successful and popular resort destinations in the world.
“We are sincerely honored to be recognized by AAHS for our work in this field”, said Rainieri when receiving the award on 29 January. “When we began to develop the Puntacana Resort & Club over 40 years ago, the concept of “Sustainable Tourism” did not exist; our decisions were based on commonsense, our limited resources, and a deep respect for the Dominican Republic, its people, and incredible natural resources. We are very proud to now be considered leaders in this field and look forward to their continued implementation at PCRC.”
The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences awards are for excellence in travel, cuisine, luxury products and services. It is best known for its Five Star Diamond Award, given to establishments that are deemed to be of pinnacle quality. The award was presented at a ceremony hosted by the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association in December in San Juan, Puerto Rico.