A New $130 Million All-Inclusive Coming to Dominican Republic




By the Caribbean Journal staff
A major new hotel development is coming to the Caribbean’s hottest hotel investment destination.
The new Grand Fiesta Americana Punta Cana Los Corales all-inclusive resort has already broken ground in the Dominican Republic’s tourism hub.
The property will feature a total of 558 guest rooms and a focus on beach activities like snorkeling paddleboarding and kayaking.


Punta Cana’s Playa Bavaro will be home to the new resort.
The property, set about 20 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport, will be Mexico-based parent company Posadas’ ninth property and first hotel in the Caribbean.
The new Grand Fiesta Americana Punta Cana Los Corales is slated to make its debut in Punta Cana in late 2019, a spokesperson for the company told Caribbean Journal.
It’s the latest in what has become a surge in hotel development in the Dominican Republic, particularly in Punta Cana.


Posadas is planning two new resorts in Cuba.
Posadas also this week announced plans to open a pair of new hotels in Cuba, the Fiesta Americana Punta Varadero and Fiesta Americana Holguin Costa Verde, both of which will also be all-inclusives.
“With these new properties, we are very excited to offer our guests the same five-star treatment and vacation experience that characterizes our brands in new, exciting destinations,” said Rafael Lizarraga, Chief Commercial Officer of La Colección Management Company. “These hotel openings represent the beginning of our international growth to key beach destinations.”
Posadas is the largest hotel operator in all of Mexico, with 170 hotels and resorts comprising 24,500 rooms in both beach and urban destinations in the country, best known for its Live Aqua and Grand Fiesta Americana brands.


República Dominicana corta relaciones diplomáticas con Taiwán para establecerlas con China

BBC Mundo
1 mayo 2018

Miguel Vargas, canciller de República Dominicana, y Wang Yi, su homólogo de China, anunciaron el comienzo de relaciones diplomáticas entre ambos países.

República Dominicana anunció este lunes que cortó sus relaciones diplomáticas con Taiwán para establecerlas con China.
La medida fue anunciada por el gobierno dominicano en un comunicado en el que la justifica por su convicción de que será “extraordinariamente positiva para el futuro del país”.
Joseph Wu, ministro de relaciones exteriores de Taiwán, manifestó su rechazo ante el anuncio y dijo que la decisión se debía a los incentivos financieros de China.
Los grandes intereses de Taiwán en Centroamérica, a pesar de la poderosa influencia de China

El gobierno del presidente Danilo Medina cree que la decisión será “extraordinariamente positiva” para el futuro de República Dominicana.

Además, Pekín y Santo Domingo publicaron un comunicado conjunto en el que se señala que “República Dominicana reconoce que en el mundo sólo existe una China”.
“El gobierno de la República Popular China es el único gobierno legítimo que representa a toda China y Taiwán forma parte inalienable del territorio chino”, agrega el comunicado.


A First-Quarter Surge for Dominican Republic Tourism


By the Caribbean Journal staff
The Dominican Republic saw a tourism surge in the first quarter of 2018, according to newly-released data from the country’s Central Bank.
After a strong January and February, the destination saw a 14.7 percent increase in stayover visitor arrivals in March, leading to a 7.7 percent year-over-year increase for the first three months of 2018.


The Tortuga Bay resort.

That kind of growth rate should buoy the destination’s efforts to grow toward a total of 10 million annual tourist arrivals by 2023, a major stated goal for the Dominican Republic.
Punta Cana remained the country’s most popular stop, accounting for 68 percent of tourist arrivals in the first quarter — a total of 1.08 million arrivals.
The country’s second-most-trafficked airport was Santo Domingo’s Las Americas, which accounted for 14 percent of tourist arrivals.


Dominican teachers protest pay, working conditions


Santo Domingo14 Apr 2018

Thousands of teachers demanding an improvement in working conditions protest outside the Ministry of Education headquarters in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Apr 13, 2018. EPA-EFE/Orlando Barria


Thousands of Dominican teachers gathered here Friday outside the Education Ministry to advance a long list of demands.
The protest coincided with the 48th anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Teachers Association (ADP) and included calls for improvements to meal programs for their students.