Tourism & Real Estate
Among the many aspects of Central Romana is that of being a pioneer promoting tourism. It ventured into tourism after seeing the successful evolution of its businesses as well as to fulfill the desire of the Dominican Government to promote this promising economic activity. The development of the duty free zone, the installation and opening of numerous foreign companies, demanded the availability of accommodation for senior executives.
For this, they converted an old employees club into a small hotel that had the necessary amenities to meet the needs of those executives and named it Hotel Romana. Seeing the great demand that this project had, they decided to take on new areas of the tourism industry.
The Casa de Campo Resort project began in the 70s with 50 hotel rooms, 22 golf villas and 4 family homes among which was the famous Dominican designer Oscar de la Renta.
Currently it has 280 rooms, 10 restaurants, different types of bars and more than 1,200 family housing units, of which about 60 % belong to Dominican nationals, 17% to US citizens and residents and the rest to Europeans, Latin Americans and more, becoming a truly international resort.
With Central Romana Corporation continuing to invest in its growth, Casa de Campo has become more than a resort, it has been transformed into a resort with a vacationing resident community in which locals and foreigners live year round, enjoying the wide variety of amenities that the international traveler has come to enjoy and expect.
Casa de Campo has within its premises the famous golf course Teeth of the Dog by the renowned designer Pete Dye, ranked amongst the top 30 courses in the world. In addition to this, it has 4 other courses and is about to open 27 more holes, which makes it one of the largest golf centers in the world. The resort also has horseback riding, tennis, polo, a shooting range, a marina with yachts up to 250 feet long and other sports activities. It is the first tourism project developed in the country in harmony with nature.
For more information visit www.casadecampo.com.do
Costasur is a real estate project that handles all real estate in Casa de Campo. Costasur has 7,000 acres of the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, and more than 1,200 family housing, of which about 60% belong to Dominicans, 20% to US citizens and residents, the rest are owned by many Europeans, Latin Americans and other latitudes becoming a truly international resort. Only 5 minutes from the city of La Romana and 112 km from Santo Domingo, the country’s capital city. Everyone who is interested has the opportunity to purchase a luxurious home on the country’s southeastern coast by the waters of the Caribbean Sea, embellished by the greenery of its vegetation and the splendor of nature.
It is estimated that with the development of the resort, Central Romana has helped more than 10,000 men and women from La Romana find employment in the construction of these houses and the households, which has had a great impact in the economic activities of the city.
One special feature is that Casa de Campo has its own electrical power supply, water supply, sewage treatment system, and also basic services like garbage collection service, safety, embellishment service, pest control, and others that put them in the highest international standards.
Central Romana built a modern marina at the mouth of the Chavon River, first of its kind in the continent; it has 87 apartments, 14 villas and 353 berths for vessels of different sizes up to 250 feet.
The marina is equipped with all kinds of facilities, which has encouraged the development of yacht tourism in the country. It also has an international yacht club and numerous shops, restaurants, supermarket and other amenities. All villas, apartments and business premises were sold both to domestic and foreign entities.
For more information visit: www.marinacasadecampo.com
In 1998 Central Romana Corporation Ltd, as a way to continue with the projects they had planned, begins the construction of the new La Romana International Airport, Casa de Campo. Central Romana Corporation, Ltd. through its subsidiary, Airport Management Services, Ltd., inaugurated on December 14th 2000 at an approximate cost of RD$ 1,000,000,000, a new modern airport, replacing the existing Punta Aguila International Airport.
The airport has a land extension of 3,850,000 m2 within its perimeter. It was designed to emulate a sugar mill, and hence arises its slogan “The sweetest of the Caribbean”. It has three terminals: Commercial International trade, the Private International Aviation Terminal and Domestic Terminal, all of which are completely separate from each other. The Commercial Aviation Terminal has been equipped with the most modern equipment in terms of lighting, sound systems, air conditioners, desks, electronic security systems on their doors, fire detection systems, x-ray machines, amongst others.
For the passengers added comfort and pleasure the waiting room features: duty free shops, cafe’s and famous fast food restaurants of the world, smoking area, taxis, banking and call centers amongst other things. They also have the Salón Premier, for passengers who wish to enjoy more privacy while waiting for their flights. The International Private Aviation Terminal, located in the West side of the International Business Aviation Terminal, shares the ramp area with the Domestic Aviation Terminal.
It was inaugurated in December 2004; it has modern equipment and furniture that make it unique in terms of privacy and service to its users. The Domestic Aviation Terminal was designed in such a way that the needs of all the passengers on domestic flights are met with fast and efficient service. All three terminals have independent parking lots. Since 2003 and after the construction of the Casa de Campo Pier, it began the cruise operations at the docks located on both sides of the mouth of the La Romana River.
The airport also meets the needs of arriving and departing cruise-ship passengers, with simple but efficient procedures in terms of security, operations and services.
Technical Data of the Airport
Airport Category as per ICAO: 8
Airport Category as per FAA: 8
Hours of Operation: 24H, 24/7
Commercial International Terminal Platform
Dimensions: 400 meters long and 135 meters wide
7 aircraft parking areas for narrow body, wide body and jumbo.
Built from high-strength asphalt concrete
International Terminal and Domestic Private Aviation Platform
Dimensions: 160 meters long and 72 meters wide.
Up to 35 executive aircraft.
La Romana International Airport, Casa de Campo, has been a strong complement for tourism development in the eastern region of the country. Customer satisfaction being its main priority, combined with the comfort of its facilities and the warmth of its staff, they offer the best impression upon arrival and departure of visitors. Its objectives are to continue as they are now, working with the same standards to benefit the Dominican Republic tourism reputation.
For more information visit: www.romanaairport.com
In December 2002, Central Romana inaugurated the most innovative private port in the Caribbean. With a capacity for two deep draft cruises, the port located in the La Romana River represents one more step towards tourist development of areas such as Casa de Campo, Altos de Chavón, La Romana and Bayahíbe. La Romana International Airport Casa de Campo has renewed the way in which the country manages tourist cruises. Since early last century, Central Romana Corporation has operated La Romana Port located on the west bank of the Romana River. From its beginnings, the port has held numerous functions in various areas such as berth for freight ships, mainly sugar and molasses, as well as passenger ships.
When it exceeded its capacity a new port was built on the east side of the river. The new La Romana, Casa de Campo port has a land area of 40,000 square meters, a cost of approximately 250 million pesos, and it is operated directly by Central Romana Corporation, Ltd.
The new port facilities includes two platforms and two berths, passenger terminal and parking, the dimensions are: East Dock 255 meters long; West Dock 225 meters in length; 1,000 square meters Terminal and parking for 24 buses, among others. Passengers using La Romana Port, Casa de Campo, enjoy convenient facilities designed specifically for all their needs, including easy access to transport services to meet tourism requirements of cruise ships.
Central Romana Corporation, Ltd., has various facilities for operational and security activities. La Romana, Casa de Campo Port is strategically located in the central area of the eastern region thus helping to develop tourism in the región. It can accommodate large ships serving as a gateway to the east, an area that has been characterized in recent years by obtaining the largest growth in tourism.