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Work, snooze or games: Dominican Republic has the names

Dominican Republic, Sept. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — With along-standing reputation as a desirable vacation destination, DominicanRepublic is earning its name as the go-to spot for business travel. Whetheryou’re planning an intimate incentive trip or a 1,000-attendee internationalgetaway, look no further than Dominican Republic. With its stunning and variednatural landscapes, world-class accommodations and modern infrastructure, thereare unparalleled settings for business travel from beach towns to cosmopolitancities.

"We’re recognized for our pristine beaches, warmpeople and laid-back atmosphere, but Dominican Republic is all business when itcomes to quality service and extraordinary accommodations," said MagalyToribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism."Our experience hosting large-scale business events and countless groupactivities make us an exceptional destination for business travel."

As the second largest Caribbean nation, Dominican Republicconstantly ranks among the region’s top meeting destinations. It’s no wonder,with nine different ecosystems in one country, there’s an atmosphere suited forall business environments. Plus, connectivity is king, with daily flights fromthe U.S. to international airports across the country. Offering an idealyear-round climate, multilingual hotel staff and a variety of meeting venues,the options for business travel are endless.

Punta Cana’s All-Inclusive Amenities

Large groups are easy to coordinate at Punta Cana’s many all-inclusiveresorts that are equipped to host groups up to 7,000. Complete withstate-of-the-art meeting spaces and technology, you can stay connected whileenjoying close proximity to the beautiful turquoise shores of the beach.All-inclusive resorts also help keep travel budgets in check, with a pricingconcept that makes it easy to plan and stay on budget.

A wide selection of these resorts are located on the shoresof Punta Cana, Bávaro and Macao which consistently rank among the world’s bestbeaches. This region boasts more than 35,000 hotel rooms just steps away fromwhite sand. At these all-in-one resorts, you can also partake in groupactivities like snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, windsurfing, glass-bottomboating and deep-sea charter fishing. Or groups can relax at the spa, offeredat many resorts, with a luxurious massage to unwind before the next meeting.

Hoping to sneak in a round of golf when the meetings end?All of the golf courses in Punta Cana are connected to all-inclusive resortsfor easy access to full-service meetings spaces. Don’t worry about breaking toomuch of a sweat, Punta Cana’s warm temperature, sunny skies and ocean breezeprovide ideal golf weather all year long.

City Charm in Santo Domingo

Groups can also find stunning options in the capital cityof Santo Domingo—the first city of the new world—offering a unique blend ofrich history and modern culture. Attractions including high-end shopping andinternational cuisine are paired with old-world charm, culture and history. Largegroups should take note of the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opening in late2017, which encompasses 33,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

For after-work exploration, Santo Domingo is a short drivefrom beautiful beach towns. Located less than an hour away, Juan Dolio is asmall seaside community perfect for quiet and relaxation, while remaining closeto the modern amenities in Santo Domingo. This day-trip has become so popular,that Juan Dolio was recognized as Dominican Republic’s "Up and Coming Destination"for its ideal location and variety of accommodations. Other nearby beachgetaways offer incredible diving experiences, where travelers can explore cavesand shipwrecks in the area, and delicious seaside dining.

Puerto Plata’s Playground

Puerto Plata is perfect for medium-sized conferences withmajority of the venues accommodating up to 500 people. A popular business spacein the area is Playa Dorada, a complex of 10 resorts complete with a shoppingcenter, restaurants, night life and plenty of meeting space found throughoutthe area’s all-inclusive resorts. In total, Puerto Plata offers capacity formore than 2,500-person events, catering to businesses small and large.

Visitors are often surprised by the lush mountainouslandscape throughout Dominican Republic’s north coast. Puerto Plata offers aserene tropical setting, paired with the backdrop of mountains, perfect foradventurous group outings after a meeting or conference. But before groupsescape to go ATVing or exploring the 27 Waterfalls of Damajauga, it’s time forbusiness.

Art History Lessons in La Romana

Located in the Southeast region of the country, andaccessible from both Santo Domingo and Punta Cana international airports, LaRomana offers both ease of access and historical experiences for visitors. LaRomana is famous for its world-class golf courses at Casa de Campo Resort. Theresort also has two conference centers with 15,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.Overall, the La Romana and Bayahibe region has meeting space capacity for morethan 2,500 people.

After work, visit the artists’ village of Altos de Chavón,a Mediterranean style village, to stop by the local shops and get creativejuices flowing at the art gallery, helping to spark your next business idea.You can also learn about Dominican Republic history at the Altos de ChavónArcheology Museum that combines art and culture for an authentic Dominicanexperience.

With its lush nature, rich history, modern accommodationsand friendly people, Dominican Republic has it all. For more information ongroup-friendly attractions and destinations in the country, visitwww.GoDominicanRepublic.com.

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