Tidbits from the Dominican Republic

A new property opens Oct. 15 in Puerto Plata.

Coral Marien Beach Resort will open Oct. 15 with 332 rooms.The 332-room Coral Marien Beach Resort, situated along Costa Dorada Beach, features two tennis courts, a swimming pool with water slides, a fitness club, a full-service spa and a kids club with a water park.

For details, call (888) 94-CORAL or visit www.coralhotels.com.

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EMI Resorts scheduled a Nov. 1 opening date for the Sun Village Beach Resort non Cofresi Beach near Puerto Plata.

The resort will pay 15% standard commission. Rates range from $145 to $1,100 per night.

An introductory rate for superior accommodations is $99 per person, double, valid Nov. 1 through Jan. 30.

To book, access all CRSs or call (888) 446-4695.

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Barcelo Hotels & Resorts plans to merge three sister properties located next to each other in Punta Cana by 2003.

The resorts are Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort, Barcelo Bavaro Palace and Barcelo Villas Bavaro Resort.

All hotels will retain their own names and will be marketed together. Clients staying at one resort will have use of all amenities at the other properties.

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Travelspan Vacations offers discounted plans to Boca Chica, Punta Cana and La Romana through Dec. 12.

Air fare aboard North American Airlines out of New York (Kennedy) starts at $349 per person.

Nightly rates for hotel accommodations at a selection of five properties range from $55 to $100 per person, double.

For reservations or information, call (800) 817-6177 or (212) 268-4632.

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Viva Dominicus Palace in La Romana introduced a continental breakfast room service option in addition to its breakfast buffet.

Nightly inclusive rates start at $85 per person, double.

For all plans booked by Dec. 23, Viva Resorts pays 12% commission along with a $10 bonus. Travel must be completed by Dec. 23.

To book, call (800) 898-9968 or e-mail [email protected].

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US Airways Vacations added packages for 10 hotels in the Dominican Republic to its roster in 2002.

The hotels are Centenario Inter-Continental, Occidental El Embrajador and Renaissance Jaraqua Hotel & Casino, all in Santo Domingo; Coral Hamaca Hotel & Casino in Boca Chica, and Barcelo Capella Beach Resort and Coral Costa Caribe Hotel & Casino, both in Juan Dolio.

In La Romana, hotel options are Casa de Campo, Casa del Mar, Viva Dominicus and Viva Dominicus Palace.

Rates start at $717 per person, double, from New York (LaGuardia), $785 from Philadelphia and $792 from Charlotte, N.C.

Prices, available through March 4, cover three-night stays with roundtrip air on US Airways to Santo Domingo.

To book, access code USV on the CRSs or call VAX Vacation Access at (800) 455-0123.

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