Dominican Republic News

11 December 2018

Round of of what is new and coming in the Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic Tourist Board



A Democratic nation with a population of over 10 million people, the Dominican Republic has a territory stretching 48,442 square kilometres (18,704 square miles). That’s just over twice the size of Wales, or nearly the size of Costa Rica. Its coveted shores face the Caribbean Sea in the south, and the Atlantic Ocean in the north. As of 2017, 6,187,542 overnight visitors and more than 1,100,000 cruise passengers make their way to the Dominican Republic every year.


Quisqueya, as Dominicans affectionately call their home–meaning “mother of all lands”– is a country of superlatives. This was the first permanent Spanish settlement in the Americas or the “New World,” with the arrival of Christopher Columbus on his first voyage in 1492. Aside from choosing the DR as his sole residence in the region­–a land blessed with fertile soil and gold deposits–Columbus and the Spanish Crown used the country as a launching pad for conquests across the Caribbean and United States. Today, the first city of the Americas, Santo Domingo, is the capital of the DR, and continues to thrive while preserving its history and original Spanish architecture.

Aside from historic firsts, the Dominican Republic ranks among the most diverse Caribbean countries in geography, nature, and people. Its landscape ranges from the highest peak in the region, Pico Duarte, to the lowest body of water, Lago Enriquillo. A whopping 6,000 species of flora and 7,000 species of fauna include cacti flowers, endemic hawks, and humpback whales. The country’s cultural make up–Taino, European, and African–includes a diverse population welcomed in the DR since the 19th century, from Jewish and Japanese communities to UNESCO-proclaimed Afro-Caribbean groups.


Whether you choose to visit our shores along our more than 1,600 kilometres (nearly 1,000 miles) of coastline, our verdant mountain towns, our fishing villages, or our cactus-lined landscape, you’ll uncover a unique side of the DR. Along the way, you’ll experience a unified passion for our music and dance–merengue, bachata, and son–our diverse gastronomy taking you beyond rice and beans, our love for baseball, family, and hospitality. Together, they make up the essence of our Dominican spirit.

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Dominican Republic enhance facilities for visitors with disabilities

    "Handicap Travellers DR", a company dedicated to the advice of visitors with disabilities and / or medical limitations visiting the Dominican Republic in its different tourist areas, unveiled its portfolio of products and services for the Accessible Tourism segment, hand in hand with the company "Special Needs at Sea", based in Miami, Florida, with experience in the rental of equipment for tourists with limited mobility in the cruise segment.


Through this alliance "Handicap Travelers DR" becomes the No. 1 recipient in the Caribbean of Special Needs at Sea, offering tourists the possibility to enjoy a holiday without barriers that prevent them from living the innumerable experiences which offers the main tourist destination of the Caribbean.


Its portfolio of products and services is aimed at tourists with disabilities and/or medical limitations such as: motor limitations, people with morbid obesity, elderly people, etc. "Handicap Travelers Dr" provides equipment such as electric scooters, electric wheelchairs, wheelchairs for beaches, cranes for patients with mobility disabilities, bathroom accessories, medical oxygen concentrators, repair and sale of these equipment for both tourists and residents.


"Handicap Travelers DR" contributes to reduce the accessibility gap that these tourists have when vacationing in our country, contributing their grain of sand to the development of accessible and inclusive tourism, so that their experiences flourish within an equality framework.


Last year "Handicap Travelers DR" participated in the "3rd Congress of Accessible Tourism: Innovation for development", an event organized by REDOTACC and which brings together the best national and international accessible tourism practices every year.

Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic launches promotional campaign "Smiles"

The Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic (Mitur) launches promotional campaign "Smile" which focuses on the beauty and hospitality of Dominicans as the main reason why it is an ideal destination. The campaign presents the distinctive factors of the country that incorporate a contagious smile between tourists and locals alike.

Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor of the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, indicates that "The 'Smiles' campaign offers a new approach to destination advertising promoting one of the most valuable but intangible assets of our country, happiness, which is not it's just a feeling in our country, but a way of life. "

Tiribio also highlights that: "The campaign uses stunning visual images and attractive and eloquent content to capture the true warmth and welcoming essence of the Dominican Republic, while extending a personal invitation to visitors from all corners of the world to experience it first-hand, causing an endless and contagious smile "

The campaign includes digital, print, social and traditional public relations tactics that promote the north and east coast of the country. Among the promotions there are two videos that show the wide range of offers, starting in Santo Domingo, the most modern and dynamic metropolis of the Caribbean, to the emblematic white sand coasts of the east coast in Juan Dolio, La Romana and Punta Cana.

The second video invites visitors to explore the north coast and participate in adrenaline pumping activities such as kite surfing in Cabarete, cultural exploration in Puerto Plata, endless natural beauty in Samaná and enjoy the gastronomic delights in Sosúa and Miches.

In addition to the launch of the campaign, the Dominican Republic is proud to share in the first seven months of 2018 more than 4.1 million visitors who entered the Dominican Republic, an increase of 5.9 percent compared to the same time in 2017, according to the Central Bank.

While the sun and the beach are still the most sought-after attractions in the country, Mitur is dedicated to expanding the knowledge of its diverse offerings, which include golf, culture, gastronomy, sustainability and adventure.


New Hotels for the Dominican Republic

A total of nine new hotel projects will contribute more than 2,800 rooms to the tourist offer in the Dominican Republic.

These nine projects, some of them under construction, are:

Wikki Beach, Resort and Nature, hotel project with a total of 494 Rooms in Cosón, Punta Balatá, Section Juana Vicenta, Municipality of Las Terrenas, Samaná Province.

Condos of Playa Juanillo, Tourist-Real Estate Project, with a total of 474 rooms, located in Playa Juanillo, in Cap Cana Village, within the Cap Cana Complex, La Altagracia Province

Pure Salt Orquídea Hotel complex, with a total of 250 Rooms in Uvero Alto, Municipality of Higüey, La Altagracia Province

Bh Caribe Hotels 1 Hotel complex, with a total of 600 Rooms in Cabeza de Toro, Punta Cana, Altagracia Province

Blue Lake Residential Tourist Project with a total of 60 Rooms within the Palma Real Villas Project in Bávaro

Botanika Tourist Real Estate Project with a total of 67 rooms located in Amapola Street Between Calles Yare and Álamo de Punta Cana Village, Municipality of Higüey, La Altagracia Province

Hotel Hodelpa Punta Cana Garden Court Hotel project with a total of 104 rooms within the Vista Cana Resort & Country Club Complex, Higüey Municipality, La Altagracia Province

Hotel Urbano By Hodelpa Hotel project with a total of 97 central polygon rooms of the City of Santo Domingo, National District

Uvealto Resort & Spa Hotel-type project consisting of 700 rooms in Uvero Alto, Higüey, La Altagracia Province.

A New All-Inclusive Is Coming to Punta Cana


A huge new all-inclusive resort is coming to the heart of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

The new Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine will be the first adults-only resort under the Grand Bahia Principe brand, with plans to open at the beginning of November.


The 498-suite property will be set on Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic’s all-inclusive capital. It will include four restaurants, three bars, Wi-Fi and a spa; guests will have access to the three other Bahia Principe-branded resorts in the complex.

“At Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, we pride ourselves on providing upscale yet approachable hospitality in the Caribbean and we’ve recently taken the initiative to clearly segment and develop each one of our property’s personalities,” said Lluisa Salord, senior vice president of global sales, contracting and distribution, Grupo Piñero. “With the opening of Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine, we hope to strengthen our adults-only business while ensuring consistent quality across our accommodations, amenities and distinct entertainment program.” Salord said the company saw strong demand for an adults-only “Grand” property in Punta Cana.


“We are confident that Grand Bahia Principe Aquamarine will exceed our guests’ expectations,” she said in a statement. Bahia Principe, whose Caribbean operations are based in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, has been on an expansion push in recent years, including a wave of property transformations.

A New Adults-Only Dominican Republic Resort


The tony enclave of Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic is getting a new luxury adults-only resort. The new all-inclusive TRS Cap Cana is the brainchild of fast-expanding Palladium Hotel Group, which will debut the new hotel on Nov. 1.

The waterfront hotel is currently undergoing renovations prior to opening “in order to cultivate the design of the TRS” brand, Palladium said in a statement. The property is a transformation of what was the former Tiara Cap Cana resort. The adults-only resort will feature 115 suites, along with 39 swim-up junior suites, nine ocean-view suites and one “ambassador” suites.

Amenities will include two pools with waiter service, a gym, a spa called Zentropia Palladium Spa and Wellness, along with personal butlers and 24-hour room service. Culinary concepts will include two a la carte restaurants: The Argentine-style Gaucho, along with an informal Japanese eatery. TRS Cap Cana will also include the brand’s signature Helios Beach Club, an Ibiza-style beach lounge scene. That’s along with two “show-cooking” eateries, a coffee shop and four bars including a pool bar called Gaia. The property will feature 39 “swim-up” junior suites.

It’s the newest outpost for Palladium, which is also opening two other all-inclusive properties in the Caribbean this year.


Cap Cana is home to several luxury properties, from the Secrets Cap Cana all-inclusive to the world-class Eden Roc at Cap Cana, a Relais & Chateaux hotel. It’s also the site of one of the region’s leading golf courses, the Jack Nicklaus-designed Punta Espada Golf Club.


About Dominican Republic

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical and paradisiacal country boasts nearly 1,000 miles of coastline, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches.


Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar.


Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike. Visit Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website at:


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