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Sonesta Announces Larimar City & Resort, a New Luxury Development in the Dominican Republic

New Multi-use Development to Feature The Royal Sonesta and The James Brands as well as Residences

NEWTON, Mass., Sept. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Sonesta International Hotels Corporation (Sonesta) today announced plans for Larimar City & Resort, a new multi-use development that marks the company’s entry in the Dominican Republic. Anchoring this development will be new Royal Sonesta and James hotels, two of Sonesta’s luxury and lifestyle brands.


“This development leverages two of our premier brands, The Royal Sonesta and The James, to grow our footprint in Latin America and the Caribbean, which is a strategic priority for Sonesta,” said Brian Quinn, Sonesta’s Chief Development Officer. “Sonesta’s dedicated lodging development team and enhanced regional presence will allow us to capitalize on the demand for the Caribbean market, especially among luxury travelers, as an avenue for continued growth.”

Sonesta is partnering with real estate development firm CLERHP on both hotel properties and residences with completion of the first phase of Larimar City & Resort expected in late 2025 to early 2026. This development will include several entertainment venues including a retail mall, several dining options, a fitness center, spa, country club with 18-course golf course, outdoor sports facility and a kid-centric activity center.

Juan Andrés Romero, CEO of CLERHP, commented, ”Larimar City & Resort will be a destination designed with comfort, quality and luxury offering a unique living and travel experience and easy air access from major North American and European markets. The project has garnered support from international investors who view this mixed use development, the first of its kind in the Dominican Republic, as a compelling investment opportunity.”

The Dominican Republic saw an 11% increase in visitors in Q1 2023 vs. Q1 2019 according to the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer released in January 2023. The island is renowned for its varied terrain which features rainforest, savannah and highlands, including Pico Duarte, the Caribbean’s tallest mountain. Visitors to the island can visit spectacular beaches and waterfalls, go whale watching and explore the cultural attractions in Santo Domingo.

The Larimar development in the Dominican Republic will be the latest addition to Sonesta’s extensive portfolio of Latin American and Caribbean properties. Since entering the Latin American region with the establishment of Sonesta El Olivar in Lima, Peru, in 1998, Sonesta has expanded its network, adding hotels in Colombia, Ecuador and Chile. Through a master franchise agreement with GHL Hoteles in Colombia, Sonesta introduced the Sonesta Hotel Cali in April 2022 as its 14th property in Latin America and 8th in Colombia. Additionally, in the Caribbean, Sonesta’s presence includes two all-inclusive resorts in Sint Maarten: the family-friendly Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and the adults-only Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, along with the Royal Sonesta San Juan in Puerto Rico.

The James and The Royal Sonesta brands are new additions to the Sonesta Franchise portfolio in the U.S. and in Latin America, offering franchisees high-end lifestyle options in top urban and resort destination markets. Guests of both properties will be able to earn or redeem points as members of the award-winning Sonesta Travel Pass loyalty program.

CLERHP, the Spanish listed multinational specializing in the promotion, design, engineering, and construction of large projects in Spain and Latin America, has commenced construction on Larimar City & Resort. CLERHP, with an extensive international record, operates in Latin America, including Paraguay, Bolivia and the Dominican Republic.

About Larimar City & Resort
Located 25 minutes from the Punta Cana airport and 15 minutes from the Bavaro beaches, on a cliff more than 100 meters above sea level and with a spectacular 180° breathtaking views, a garden city is being developed and is to be considered the first smart city in the Caribbean. This ambitious real estate project emphasizes renewable energy, reduced energy consumption and optimized water resources through technologies like AI, Big Data, and IoT. Larimar City & Resort anticipates a population of 35,000 to 55,000 residents and tourists, fostering socioeconomic growth in the region and revaluing investments. The project also prioritizes sports, nature, leisure and wellness experiences with amenities like a country club with golf course, healthcare clinics, wellness center and sports facilities.

About Sonesta
Sonesta is the 8th largest hotel company in the US according to Smith Travel Research (STR) with approximately 1,200 properties totaling 100,000 guest rooms across 17 brands. Sonesta owns, manages and/or franchises under The Royal SonestaThe James, Sonesta Hotels & ResortsSonesta Select; Sonesta Essential, Sonesta ES (Extended Stay) Suites, Sonesta Simply Suites and Sonesta Cruise Collection operating in Egypt, also; Sonesta Posadas del IncaHotel RLRed Lion HotelsRed Lion Inn & SuitesSignature InnGuestHouse Extended StayKnight’s Inn Americas Best Value Inn and Canadas Best Value Inn. For more information about Sonesta and its locations, visit or email [email protected].

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LONGi donates solar panels in collaboration with ASOFER for the INDOCAL Program in Dominican Republic

This donation is part of LONGi’s “Latam Green Future” initiative to contribute to society and the environment.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic, March 30, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – The world leader in solar technology, LONGi, donated five Hi-MO 5m photovoltaic modules to the Dominican Institute for Quality (INDOCAL), the national authority responsible for standardization, metrology and conformity assessment in the Dominican Republic, in order to implement its certification scheme for Installers of Photovoltaic Systems.

Rodrigo Sotelo, Sr. Sales Utility Manager Mexico and Dominican Republic for LONGi Solar, mentioned that, with this donation, LONGi reaffirms its commitment to the professionalization of the photovoltaic industry in the country and the support to the challenges posed by climate change, as a joint fight through technological innovation. This donation is also part of LONGi’s “Latam Green Future” initiative to contribute to society and the environment.

“At INDOCAL, we have developed a certification scheme to validate the training and certify the competencies and technical skills of the Photovoltaic System Installers currently operating in the market. With the implementation of this certification scheme, we seek to contribute to the strengthening of the competencies of the technical personnel linked to the renewable energy sector. We are grateful to ASOFER (Association for the Promotion of Renewable Energies), the promoters of this new Standard, for bringing us closer to LONGi and providing state-of-the-art photovoltaic technology for the young talents that lead the photovoltaic transformation”, said Lorenzo Ramirez, INDOCAL’s General Director.

Likewise, Marvin Fernandez, president of ASOFER said that “This is another step towards the goal of having a more skilled and qualified renewable sector in the Dominican Republic”.

About LONGi

Founded in 2000, LONGi is committed to being the world’s leading solar technology company, focusing on customer-driven value creation for full scenario energy transformation.

Under its mission of ‘making the best of solar energy to build a green world’, LONGi has dedicated itself to technology innovation and established five business sectors, covering mono silicon wafers cells and modulescommercial & industrial distributed solar solutionsgreen energy solutions and hydrogen equipment. The company has honed its capabilities to provide green energy and has more recently, also embraced green hydrogen products and solutions to support global zero carbon development.

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Bow Valley College Kitchen & Bath Design student wins top prize in prominent industry competition

Beatriz Hernandez takes first place in NKBA Student Design Competition

CaribPR WIRE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Jan. 24, 2023: Bow Valley College is proud to announce one of its recent graduates has been awarded first place in a prestigious design industry competition. Beatriz Hernandez’s recommendations for a kitchen remodel stood out amongst dozens of applicants in Canada and the United States, securing the top prize in the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) Student Design Competition.

“I couldn’t believe it. It is an honour to be recognized for something I’m passionate about and that I put a lot of passion into,” says Beatriz Hernandez. “I wanted to provide the clients with a beautiful and functional renovation that will work for them now and in the future. I put together a construction plan and design statement that offers a combination of meeting personal tastes and needs and timeless finishes that will add to the value of their home.”

Beatriz graduated from Bow Valley College in December 2022 with a Kitchen and Bath Design Post-Diploma Certificate. An international student from the Dominican Republic, she chose the program to supplement her degree in architecture, expanding her expertise in residential interior design. She gained practical experience with Krista Hermanson Design in Calgary, where she is now working full-time as a designer assistant.

“Beatriz’s award-winning achievement is an inspiration for all aspiring students in our program,” says Alison Anderson, dean of Business, Technology and the Centre for Entertainment Arts, Bow Valley College. “This post-diploma certificate is a great fit for people like Beatriz, looking for additional specialized credentials and an opportunity for experiential learning. We are thrilled to see her take top honours in this competition and look forward to her journey as an emerging professional in the design industry.”

The NKBA Prairie Provinces Chapter will honour Beatriz at a lecture at Bow Valley College on Thursday, January 26, 2023. Her award includes a $5,000 scholarship and an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas for the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the largest trade show of its kind in the world.

Here is an excerpt from Beatriz Hernandez’s winning design statement:

“It’s about making the kitchen permeable and allowing the stunning views of the beach to penetrate the house; this indicates lots of natural light and big connectivity with the exterior. The renovation will adapt to the proportion of the house and the use of local materials, natural elements, and peaceful colours that will give a sensation far from chaos.” – Beatriz Hernandez

Bow Valley College is a founding school in NKBA’s Affiliated Schools Program. For more information about the Kitchen and Bath Design Post-Diploma Certificate, please visit

For details about the upcoming NKBA Bow Valley College lecture, interviews with Beatriz, and additional renderings of her winning design, please see contact information below.


About Bow Valley College

Calgary and region’s only Comprehensive Community College — with 14,000 full- and part-time students, Bow Valley College helps Open Doors – Open Minds to in-demand jobs in Calgary, Alberta, and Canada. Our graduates contribute to the digital economy, careers in business, TV & film production, and serve on the frontlines of healthcare and social services. One of Canada’s top 50 research colleges, Bow Valley College invests in virtual reality (VR), Work Integrated Learning (WIL), micro-credentials, and foundational opportunities.


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Blue Diamond Resorts Announces the Opening of a Planet Hollywood Beach Resort in Puerto Plata

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort in Puerto Plata
The first Planet Hollywood Beach Resort will debut in Puerto Plata

CARIBPR WIRE, TORONTO, Canada, Jan. 20, 2023: In the midst of FITUR 2023, Blue Diamond Resorts, together with the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, announced the opening of the first Planet Hollywood Beach Resort that will debut in late 2024 in Puerto Plata. The hotel management company will be one of the main players in the industry as part of the Punta Bergantín relaunch project.

“Following the success of our all-inclusive models in Cancun and Costa Rica, we are proud to continue taking this lifestyle iconic brand to new trendy destinations of high relevance in our property portfolio” said Jordi Pelfort, President, Hotels and Resorts of Sunwing Travel Group. “A Planet Hollywood Beach Resort in Puerto Plata will add great value to Dominican tourism and will be perfectly aligned with the purpose of hotel, real estate, innovation and especially cinematographic development that this great project pursues.”

Located in the northern part of the country, the Punta Bergantín region will offer Resorts, eco-tourism, an 18-hole golf course, a residential development, shopping and even a movie studio. This last concept is very well aligned to the lifestyle concept that Blue Diamond Resorts offers in their Planet Hollywood Beach Resorts in Cancun and Costa Rica.

This new property will feature the signature all-inclusive Vacation Like A Star™ experience and will bring authentic Hollywood memorabilia to the tranquil Bergantín Beach to delight guests of all ages. From modern accommodations to themed restaurants and bars, sparkling pools, day and night entertainment, relaxing treatments at PH Spa and state-of-the-art fitness facilities at PUMPED, this Planet Hollywood Beach Resort will be one of the top vacation choices in the Caribbean.

Blue Diamond Resorts will continue working hand in hand with the Ministry of Tourism for the growth of this important tourism plan that will generate over 83,000 jobs in the region and will contribute new real estate developments such as hotels and resorts, housing units, and even a movie studio that will reinforce the essence of Planet Hollywood.

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About Blue Diamond Resorts

Blue Diamond Resorts encompasses over 45 properties, exceeding 18,000 rooms in eight countries located in the most popular holiday destinations in the Caribbean. Its nine leading hotel brands include the Award-winning, All-In Luxury® Royalton Luxury Resorts, where Everyone is Family. Whether guests come as friends, parents, kids, couples, weddings, corporate or incentive retreats, or solo travelers everyone is family in these properties that feature personalized services and signature amenities including All-In Connectivity™, DreamBed™, and the Sports Event Guarantee™. To refocus on valued relationships and friendships, Hideaway at Royalton offers an adults-only experience with exclusive dining and preferred accommodations to enhance Togetherness among their guests. Party Your Way at Royalton CHIC Resorts, an adults-only vibrant and effervescent all-inclusive brand to revel in the unexpected. Mystique by Royalton is Miles from Ordinary, offering their visitors the chance to connect with their surroundings in a boutique-style resort collection full of endless beauty and hip vibes. In Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril offers guests over the age of 21, a unique and all-inclusive Au Naturel vacation along with a secluded shore for the utmost privacy. Memories Resorts & Spa offers a vacation designed whether you´re planning a family vacation, reuniting with friends, or just have a relaxing moment with your significant other, while Starfish Resorts provides amazing value, breathtaking surroundings, and rich culture and heritage. Planet Hollywood Hotels & Resorts invites guests to Vacation Like A Star™ with an engaging and interactive experience, plus famous pop culture items from iconic movies, music, and sports while you will Dodge the Paparazzi at Planet Hollywood Adult Scene where your adults-only vacation will be the center of fascination and attention with glam and exclusivity.

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About Planet Hollywood Hotels & Resorts

Planet Hollywood Hotels & Resorts bring big-screen excitement to some of the most sought-after locales for an all-inclusive experience, where guests can Vacation Like A Star™. From the pristine shores of Cancun to the tranquil beaches of Costa Rica, these all-ages resorts feature authentic Hollywood memorabilia, a world of flavors, themed entertainment and exclusive activities for the entire family, as well as a premium service with the Star Class™ category for a full A-list treatment. While, Planet Hollywood Adult Scene, offer an all-inclusive adults-only glam getaway (18+) ideal for a romantic escape or a fun-filled adventure with friends that will turn any vacation into the center of fascination and attention with glam and exclusivity.

This engaging and interactive experience at Planet Hollywood Hotels & Resorts, includes differentiated brand features and amenities, such as PHabulous Bed™, Plugged In™, Main Event Guarantee™ and star-quality accommodations.

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Blue Diamond Resorts anuncia la apertura de un Planet Hollywood Beach Resort en Puerto Plata

Planet Hollywood Beach Resort in Puerto Plata
El primer Planet Hollywood Beach Resort debutará en Puerto Plata

CARIBPR WIRE, TORONTO, Canada, Jan. 20, 2023: En el marco de FITUR 2023, Blue Diamond Resorts en conjunto con el Ministerio de Turismo de República Dominicana, anunció la apertura del primer Planet Hollywood Beach Resort que debutará a finales de 2024 en Puerto Plata. La compañía de gestión hotelera será uno de los principales actores de la industria en formar parte del proyecto de relanzamiento de Punta Bergantín.

“Tras el éxito de nuestros modelos todo incluido en Cancún y Costa Rica, estamos orgullosos de continuar llevando esta marca icónica de estilo de vida a nuevos destinos de alta relevancia en nuestro portafolio de propiedades”, comentó Jordi Pelfort, Presidente de Hoteles y Resorts de Sunwing Travel Group. “Planet Hollywood Beach Resort en Puerto Plata agregará un gran valor al turismo dominicano y estará perfectamente alineado con el propósito de desarrollo hotelero, inmobiliario, de innovación y sobre todo cinematográfico que persigue este gran proyecto”.

Ubicada en la zona norte del país, la región de Punta Bergantín ofrecerá resorts, ecoturismo, un campo de golf de 18 hoyos, un desarrollo residencial, compras y hasta un estudio de cine. Este último concepto se asemeja al estilo de vida que ofrece Blue Diamond Resorts en sus Planet Hollywood Beach Resorts en Cancún y Costa Rica.

La nueva propiedad contará con la exclusiva experiencia Vacation Like A Star™ todo incluido y traerá auténticas piezas de memorabilia de Hollywood a la tranquila playa de Bergantín para deleitar a huéspedes de todas las edades. Desde habitaciones modernas hasta restaurantes y bares temáticos, piscinas, entretenimiento diurno y nocturno, tratamientos relajantes en PH Spa e instalaciones de fitness de última generación en PUMPED, este Planet Hollywood Beach Resort será una de las mejores opciones vacacionales en el Caribe.

Blue Diamond Resorts continuará trabajando de la mano con el Ministerio de Turismo para el crecimiento de este importante plan turístico que generará más de 83,000 empleos en la región y aportará nuevos desarrollos inmobiliarios como hoteles y resorts, viviendas e incluso un estudio de cine que reforzará la esencia de Planet Hollywood.

Para más información sobre Blue Diamond Resorts y Planet Hollywood Beach Resorts, visite

Acerca de Blue Diamond Resorts

Blue Diamond Resorts cuenta con un portafolio de más de 45 propiedades, que superan las 18,000 habitaciones en 8 países ubicados en los destinos vacacionales más populares del Caribe. Sus 9 marcas hoteleras líderes comprenden al galardonado All-In Luxury® Royalton Luxury Resorts, donde Todos son Familia. Sin importar si son vacaciones entre amigos, padres e hijos, parejas, bodas, retiros corporativos o de incentivos o viajeros solos, todos son familia en estas propiedades que ofrecen servicios personalizados y amenidades exclusivas, tales como All-In Connectivity™, DreamBed™ y Sports Event Guarantee™. Para reenfocarse en relaciones y amistades valiosas, Hideaway at Royalton ofrece una experiencia sólo para adultos que incluye una exclusiva gastronomía y alojamiento preferencial para reforzar estar unido bajo el concepto Togetherness entre sus huéspedes. Disfrute a su manera en Royalton CHIC Resorts, una marca todo incluido que bajo su concepto “Party Your Way” brinda una vibrante y efervescente experiencia sólo para adultos para deleitarse con lo inesperado. A Millas de lo OrdinarioMystique by Royalton ofrece a los viajeros la oportunidad de conectarse con su entorno en una moderna colección de resorts estilo boutique que muestran una vibrante belleza infinita. En Jamaica, Grand Lido Negril promete a huéspedes mayores de 21 años, unas vacaciones únicas Completamente al Natural con todo incluido y acceso a una costa exclusiva para máxima privacidad. Memories Resorts & Spa diseña las mejores experiencias para vacaciones familiares, reunión de amigos o simplemente para relajarse en pareja, mientras que Starfish Resorts ofrece un valor increíble, un entorno impresionante y una rica cultura y herencia. Planet Hollywood Hotels & Resorts invita a los huéspedes a vacacionar como las estrellas con Vacation Like a Star™, una experiencia atractiva e interactiva con elementos famosos de la cultura pop de películas, música y deportes icónicos, mientras Escape de los Paparazzi en Planet Hollywood Adult Scene donde sus vacaciones sólo para adultos serán el centro de la fascinación y la atención con glamour y exclusividad.

Para más información acerca de Blue Diamond Resorts, visite

Acerca de Planet Hollywood Hotels & Resorts

Planet Hollywood Hotels & Resorts lleva la emoción de la gran pantalla a algunos de los lugares más buscados para una experiencia todo incluido, donde los huéspedes pueden vacacionar como las estrellas con Vacation Like a Star™. Desde las prístinas costas de Cancún hasta las tranquilas playas de Costa Rica, estos resorts para todas las edades cuentan con auténticas piezas de memorabilia de Hollywood, un mundo de sabores, entretenimiento temático y actividades exclusivas para toda la familia, así como un servicio premium con la categoría Star Class™ para un tratamiento completo de famosos. Mientras tanto, Planet Hollywood Adult Scene, ofrece una escapada glamorosa sólo para adultos (18+) con todo incluido, ideal para una escapada romántica o una aventura llena de diversión con amigos que convertirá cualquier vacación en el centro de fascinación y atención con glamour y exclusividad.

Esta experiencia atractiva e interactiva en Planet Hollywood Hotels & Resorts incluye características y servicios de marca diferenciados, como PHabulous Bed™, Plugged In™, Main Event Guarantee™ y alojamiento de calidad estelar.

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Energyear Caribe 2022: Sungrow Presents Latest Innovations for the Caribbean Decarbonization

SANTO DOMINGO, The Dominican RepublicOct. 21, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Recently, Energyear Caribe convened for its third time in the Dominican Republic. Sungrow, the summit’s dedicated sponsor, shared insights on technical innovations applied to PV plants, offering a multiple of opportunities and approaches for Caribbean decarbonization.

Sungrow spokesperson at Energyear Caribe 2022

Deep decarbonization to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions is one of the Caribbean region’s major ambitions as this could have large economic, environmental, and social benefits. As a leader in Caribbean energy growth, the Dominican Republic commits to a 27% greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction by 2030. As a key industry player, what does Sungrow contribute to the carbon neutral goal in the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean countries?

Gonzalo Feito, Sungrow’s Andean and Caribbean Regional Director, introduced some key PV inverter technologies which maximize the return on investments for stakeholders and presented a speech titled, “New Technologies Applied to Photovoltaic Plant Development and Performance,” illustrating Sungrow’s competitiveness in the PV sector.

“An experienced supplier like Sungrow, with 269 GW installations globally can offer customers reliable and resilient inverter solutions, delivering higher availability and lower LCOE,” said Feito. Among its latest inverter portfolio, the 1+X Modular Inverter is the most innovative as it redefines both the ”string” and ”central” inverter with its modular design — the product features a 1.1 MW single unit as the minimum, and the maximum capacity can be expanded to 8.8 MW by combining eight units. Customers can choose from 1.1 MW to 8.8 MW based on their specific project requirements. In addition, operation and maintenance (O&M) duration and costs are significantly decreased due to this modular design.

Most of the Caribbean countries are isolated regions, which often have a weak grid infrastructure. Sungrow’s 1+X Modular Inverter provides strongly enhanced grid support technologies and can operate stably even if the SCR is as low as 1.018.

In addition, the product features an IP65 ingress protection degree and a safe high-level anti-corrosion design of C5, making it durable in island countries, which are vulnerable to harsh conditions like high humidity, earthquakes, and hurricanes.

Although energy storage development in the Caribbean is still nascent, the market displays that the use of energy storage co-located with PV will increase in the years ahead to integrate variable renewable generation. The 1+X Modular Inverter comes with the DC energy storage interface built into this solution. This supports connecting to the energy storage system; thus, enabling customers to enjoy the storage function for future energy use.

The Dominican Republic and other Caribbean countries are focusing on improving their clean energy policies, regulations, and incentives in order to create clear rules for market players. Sungrow is poised to tap the potential of these emerging solar markets with best-in-class inverter solutions and services offered by a professional and dedicated local team. It’s reported that the Company already secured orders in the Dominican Republic, and the projects are currently under construction.

About Sungrow

Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd. is the most bankable inverter brand with over 269 GW installed worldwide as of June 2022. Founded in 1997 by Professor Cao Renxian, Sungrow is a leader in the research and development of solar inverters with the largest dedicated R&D team in the industry and a broad product portfolio offering PV inverter solutions and energy storage systems for utility-scale, commercial & industrial, and residential applications, as well as floating PV plant solutions, NEV driving solutions, EV charging solutions and renewable hydrogen production systems. With a strong 25-year track record in the PV space, Sungrow products power over 150 countries worldwide. Learn more here:


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