Dominican city is up for mega tourism project

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic -- Punta Cana will become the next Cancun, at least according to Ricardo Hazoury, president of Grupo del Caribe.

The company launched Cap Cana, a "multibillion-dollar tourism project" near Punta Cana on Nov. 20.

Grupo del Caribe will enhance a 30,000-acre parcel of beachfront land into a "year-round tourist destination," according to a spokeswoman.

Nicklaus Design, the design group headed by golfer Jack Nicklaus, is contracted to develop three golf courses for the resort area. They will be the first Nicklaus-designed courses in the Dominican Republic.

In addition, Cap Cana will boast a large marina, several private residences, and two dozen, luxury hotels, the spokeswoman said.

Grupo del Caribe currently manages the country's major airports and more than 5,000 hotel rooms on the island.

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