THE

Punta Cana Sun 

Volume #1, Issue #3

FEB , 2018

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UNIFIED CARIBBEAN !

December 19, 2017

Dominican economy gives big business good vibes

Santo Domingo.- National Business Council (Conep) president Pedro Brache is optimistic on Dominican Republic’s economic expectations, and affirms that the country will fulfill many of its pending goals.

“We think that the year is going to end well, it’s looking for the goal that was sought of a 5% of GDP growth and in economic terms we believe that next year will be a good year, that that growth will continue, a growth that can hover around 5%, that’s to say that we are optimistic that in 2018 we will accomplish many goals,” said the business leader, quoted by Diario Libre.

SOURCE * Dominican Today 

December 09, 2017

DRONES ARE AN ISSUE IN DR

The increasingly frequent use of drones in the country poses a challenge for the aviation sector, for which the authorities are prepared to elaborate regulations to guarantee safety, but aware that they shouldn’t limit their development, but instead encourage their use to reap benefits.

“These devices have been a blessing, but at the same time a problem, because they have the challenge of promoting the use of this technology, but knowing that the main task is based on the standards that provide security,” said International Civil Aviation Organization regional director for North America, Central America and the Caribbean, Melvin Cintrón.

He said drone technology has advanced so much that it  leaped ahead of the aeronautical sector, because something has happened “which wasn’t foreseen.” SOURCE *DOMINICANTODAY

November 30, 2017

FAST GROWING ECONOMY - Dominican Republic

For the past two years the Dominican Republic’s economy has been the fastest growing in the Americas. The country enjoyed growth rates of 7% per year in 2014 and again in 2015 and is on track for that or better this year, thanks largely to millions of tourism dollars from North American and European travelers flocking to those sandy beaches I mentioned in growing numbers.

Alongside economic growth, the country’s recently re-elected President Danilo Medina has made education a priority, sponsoring literacy and vocational training programs for adults and building 2,500 new schools during his four years in office so far.

November 30, 2017

PUNTA CANA IS ON FIRE !

The country’s infrastructure has improved dramatically since my first visit. Today new highways connect most of the resort and beach areas. The colonial zone in Santo Domingo is enjoying a facelift. New roads and sidewalks are being built, and utility cables are being buried underground.

More flights from the United States make the island more accessible, and major international hotel chains are targeting the DR, specifically Santo Domingo, for new properties. Recently opened are a JW Marriott and an Embassy Suites by Hilton. Under way are an Intercontinental and a Hard Rock Hotel.

Meantime, Carnival is bringing a ship a day to Santo Domingo’s cruise dock.

The DR sees about 7 million tourists per year; about 60% of these are from North America. President Danilo’s administration is trying to attract more Chinese tourists and has also targeted Israel with success. Cruise ship & Charters arrive 4 days a week to CapCana Marina.

December 01, 2017

BLUE MALL Punta Cana Now Open !

 Located just over a mile from the Punta Cana International Airport, BlueMall Punta Cana has officially opened its doors. Offering a mix of shopping, services, restaurants and entertainment. The incredible sized mall features the Hard Rock Cafe Punta Cana, Zara, Nike, L´Occitane, Aldo, Under Armour, Pizza Hut, Subway, Santo Domingo Coffee and much more. 

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Promote the Caribbean as a Unified Destination

February 11, 2018

“Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and all the islands that make up this beautiful region, have enormous potential if we are able to weave a network of offers that allows customers to explore all the attractions that it adds up to the climate, culture and experience offered by the Caribbean,” he told the audience, which included Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness and Prime Minister of St Lucia, Allan Chastanet, as well as retiring Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, Dr Taleb Rafai and Minister of Tourism, Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett.

He noted that within that context, the Dominican Republic, yesterday (November 28) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Jamaica to establish a multi-destination co-operation; and said the signing is only one of many intended similar collaborations with countries in the region.

Pointing to the robust growth of tourism in the Caribbean in the past year, despite the effects of major hurricanes, President Medina Sanchez stressed the need for sustainability to ensure the future of the Caribbean’s tourism industry. Source * Dominican Today

Govt. looks to cut jump in traffic deaths during holidays

December 19, 2017

Santo Domingo.- Public Health authorities on Mon. launched preventive actions, including visits and supervision of the country’s trauma services to guarantee timely attention during the holidays, when traffic deaths jump as much as 10%.

The supervision will be broadened as studies show that with adequate care, fatal traffic accidents are reduced by 25%, while distractions with cell phones account for 54% of collisions, followed by distractions from billboards along the roads.

The figures were provided by Deputy Health Minister, Héctor Quezada, and Traffic Accidents Mortality Reduction Program (PREMAT) director Leonel Ureña, during the start of the safety and prevention push, ” Safe Christmas 2017,” with the support of the Dominican Evangelical Unity Council (CODUE). Source *Dominican Today

IDB approves US$1.95B Dominican Republic Country Strategy to 2020

December 09, 2017

It said the main objective of the 2017-2020 Country Strategy is to promote inclusive and sustainable growth, compatible with the creation of quality jobs that allow the reduction of poverty and inequality levels.

“The IDB Group intends to deepen the interventions of the previous strategy that are in line with the medium and long-term challenges of the country: improvement of the quality and coverage of basic services; expansion of productive opportunities; and improvement in the management of public finances, institutional strengthening and transparency,” the multilateral bank said.

It also cited the actions that promote gender equality, protection of the environment and adaptation to climate change, and innovation and will incorporate and utilize ICTs.

“During 2013-2016, the IDB Strategy focused on three pillars: macroeconomic stability and fiscal management; investment in human capital; and productive development policies.” SOURCE *DOMINICANTODAY

Hurricane Irma did not affect the tourist industry in Dominican Republic

November 30, 2017

The Minister of Tourism, Francisco Javier García, reported that the national tourism industry was not affected by Hurricane Irma's passage through the Dominican Republic.

In assessing the impact of the hurricane, he said that all activities are carried out normally on Friday in the different tourist resorts.

Thanks God, and to the application of the security and prevention protocols, no tourist, no hotel center suffered any damage, said the official.

Garcia said that the entire sector applied what is established in the protocol of security and prevention in cases of being threatened or beaten by a cyclone.

He thanked the behavior of tourists and Dominicans during the event and said that on Friday visitors enjoy the normal activities offered by hotel centers.

The official highlighted the detailed follow-up given by President Danilo Medina to the trajectory of Irma and the actions to be taken by each of the institutions.

Bavaro Tropcial Mall Coming Soon !

December 01, 2017

The Bávaro Tropical Mall (BTM) is a new development that will have 4 floors of shopping and entertainment enjoyment.

The 4 story Ocean view Bavaro Tropical Mall will appeal to all types of visitors and will include a Food Court and a Kids Entertainment Area on the top floor. The third level will feature a zone for Professional Offices as well as a Tourist Shopping Excursion that will spotlight all things Dominican including clothing, rum, trinkets, and souvenirs to take home and remember your vacation by. For the locals, whether long-term or seasonal, there will be convenient services such as a grocery store, cell phone stores, banks, and other businesses convenient for everyday life in the Caribbean. In the Bávaro Tropical Mall is Where You Can Find It All!  Across from REMAX Tropcial.

MORE THAN PASTRIES

November 30, 2017

Delices Francais Panaderia is in the heart of BAVARO. Amazing place, has it all. Breakfast, pastries, cakes, snacks, lunch and dinner. A Relaxed atmosphere and only 2 blocks to the white sandy beach when you are ready for some sun and relaxation. They have great A/C to cool down from the hot sun of Punta Cana. They also have special dishes from Venezuela, Known as Arepa. 

 

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Living in the Dominican Republic on $1,000 a Month

November 30, 2017

The Dominican Republic is an island nation in the Caribbean situated between Cuba and Puerto Rico. The country's 18,700 square miles of territory extends over more than half of the island it shares with Haiti. It is home to a diverse natural landscape that includes white-sand beaches, fertile plains and breathtaking mountain ranges that reach elevations over 10,000 feet, the highest in the region. The Dominican Republic is also home to a growing population of expatriates, who live in cities throughout the country.

While the Dominican Republic is not the cheapest retirement destination in the world, it does provide excellent value for money compared to most other destinations in the Caribbean. It is absolutely possible to live comfortably in the country on a $1,000 monthly budget. Most single expatriates living alone would probably benefit from a slightly higher budget of around $1,200 per month. However, if you're sharing housing costs with a spouse or roommate, a $1,000 monthly budget per person should be enough to live very comfortably.

Eric Trump at Cap Cana during Dominican Republic visit

November 30, 2017

The Cap Cana business group says that during last Thursday's visit to the tourist destination, Eric Trump, executive vice president of The Trump Organization, was able to see first hand the property developer's most recent amenities.

In a press release, Cap Cana says that Eric Trump, son of the recently inaugurated US president, was received by Ricardo Hazoury and Fernando Hazoury, president and vice president of the board, who expressed their satisfaction, saying that it was excellent to host Eric in Cap Cana once again.

Cap Cana established a relationship with The Trump Organization in February 2007, exactly one decade ago. This relationship remains incredibly strong, especially with Eric, who has led the project since its inception, added the Cap Cana execs.

They stated that we are enthused about working with The Trump Organization in the future phases of the project. Eric Trump visited the Cap Cana tourism and residential complex in the eastern Dominican Republic on Tuesday, February 2nd.

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December 19, 2017

Dominican Republic to build 196 police precincts to safeguard tourism

Santo Domingo.- The National Police and the Presidency’s Provincial Development Support Commission, on Mon. announced the construction of 196 police precincts over the next two years.
National Police director Ney Bautista, and Provincial Development director Francisco del Valle said 111 police precincts have been already built in the project’s first stage.
In a press conference at Police headquarters Del Valle said the new precincts will be built in the various tourism regions, as well as in high-crime areas.
Bautista noted that before construction starts the jurisdiction’s logistics, demography and crime rate will be assessed to determine the type of structure to be built.
The officials said the construction and renovation of police precincts aims to improve the working conditions of the police officers where they’re assigned to.
Source * Dominican Today

December 02, 2017

PUJ Airport Now Accommodates Millions More Travelers

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December 01, 2017

Dominican Republic 2017 exports on track to US$10.0B+

Santo Domingo.- Exports in 2017 are on track to exceed US$10.0 billion, Dominican Exporters Association (Adoexpo) president Álvaro Sousa Sevilla affirmed Wed.

“Tentatively, we’re surmising the data until October, the unofficial data and to October we’re close to 10% above last year. Everything points to exceeding for the first time, US$10.0 billion in the Dominican Republic in terms of exports, that is; we’re growing,” the business leader said.

“We’re surpassing this barrier which for many years we have been saying that it’s like the ceiling we couldn’t reach and we’re already doing so. We’re going to surpass US$10.0 billion,” he said at a gala on Tues.

Sousa added that next year’s expectation is that 2018 will be named “The National Year of export promotion and from there we’ll continue working with plans like the ones being worked on now is the ‘Caribbean Table,’ and that it becomes reciprocal to other destinations to diversify exports with the clear objective of generating more foreign exchange and jobs. Exports in 2016 were US$9.7 billion.”

December 01, 2017

Venezuela crisis: talks resume in Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo.- The Dominican Republic is hosting today and Sat.  the resumption of talks between representatives of the government of Venezuela and the opposition,.

President Danilo Medina together with former Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero will head the meeting at the Foreign Ministry, where the parties will seek a democratic, peaceful and definitive solution to Venezuela’s months-long political and humanitarian crisis.

Several points figure on the agenda for the talks, as agreed during the preparatory meeting held in the Dominican capital on Nov. 16.

The foreign ministers of Bolivia, Chile, Nicaragua and Mexico are also expected to participate.

December 01, 2017

Korea firm eyes US$30.0M to build electric vehicle charging stations

Santo Domingo.- The company Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) on Thurs. said it will promote the construction of electric vehicle charging stations (EV) in the Dominican Republic at  a cost of US$30.0 million.

According to Yonhap cable service, the Korean company will install 160 charging stations for electric vehicles in three cities and will collaborate with local communities in the renewable energy sector.

KEPCO signed a MoU with the National Energy Commission (CNE) to establish the country’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, to meet the expected growth in the demand for green vehicles.

This is KEPCO’s second project to build electric car infrastructure in Latin America, with Ecuador in the offing.

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