Film History in the Making

INDOMINA: Film History in the Making

Santo Domingo. Last Friday, history in the making took place: the issuance of the first two tax incentive certificates for film production, pertaining to “A Dark Truth”, and “The King of Najayo”.

The ceremony, hosted in the Ambassadors Hall of the Presidential Palace, corroborates the will and political disposition of turning the film industry into an important source of revenue.

The certificates were received by Felipe Vicini, of INDOMINA, whom created all facilities for filming inland for the Andy García film; and by Mr. Rafael Núnez, of Entrepreneur Films, company responsible for producing “The King of Najayo”.

The speech was pronounced by Ellis Pérez, national film commissioner, whom pointed out the importance of this paramount moment, “especially when this year alone there are projections for twelve to fifteen films in the Dominican Republic, between local and foreign productions”.

This delivery formalizes the “veracity of the Film Law, which provides the industry with a brilliant and promising future”, said Pérez.

“The foundation of the film industry and its evolution must become a priority, it is much the progress made, and right now, the Dominican Republic possesses one of the most avant-garde film laws”, said Pérez, whom disserted on the topic during his participation at the Cannes Film Festival.

About Indomina:

Indomina is a company in the Real State and Tourism portfolio of assets managed by VICINI.

The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.

Source: Diario Libre

Sans Souci Director Proposes Incentives to Cruise Lines

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The CEO of Sans Souci Ports, Jaime Castillo Jorge, proposed a long-term incentive plan to promote dockage by cruise ships in the country as well as an increase in cruise passengers.

This plan, he stated, will comprise motivating cruise passenger purchases to local traders with ITBIS exemption (Tax-free).

Castillo also added that the plan would include the design of strategies to improve the promotion of the destination, as well as promotion through all proper channels deemed the most fit and which surge from a consensus between the public and private sectors.

When speaking about “Maritime Transportation in the Dominican Republic” at the IberoAmerican University (UNIBE), Castillo supported the creation and development of a permanent forum which contemplates the participation of pertaining authorities in the matter, the private sector and other key stakeholders. Castillo promoted investing in tourist infrastructures which are industry-targeted, and including caring for tourist areas and surroundings. Another element within his plan is a health insurance plan for cruise passengers and safety for visitors.

He reminded that all cruise ships arrive to the country through the Santo Domingo, La Romana and Samaná (Santa Bárbara and Cayo Levantado) ports, and this year, will also have access through Amber Cove, in Bahía Maimón, Puerto Plata.

Castillo favored channeling the necessary interventions on behalf of government authorities in order to rescue and recover the Ozama and Isabela rivers. Castillo stated how the cruise sector is important for the tourist sector due to its social and economic impact as well as the country image it promotes.

“When it comes to leisure travels, cruises are one of the most popular options within the last decades”, Castillo said. The Caribbean becomes a destination of greater interest for cruise tourism and vacation holiday package offers.

About Sansouci: 

Sansouci is a company in the Real State & Tourism portfolio of assets managed by VICINI.

The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.

Source: Hoy

Casas del XVI, a Five-Star Luxury in the Olde City

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SANTO DOMINGO. VICINI announced yesterday the opening of the Casas del XVI Hotel, a five-star boutique hotel concept distributed among residences dating over four centuries since their construction, located in the Olde City of Santo Domingo.

The project disperses the luxurious bedrooms, parting from 20 properties, distributed in area clusters (North, Central and South), within the historical Santo Domingo.

The hotel will be inaugurated on April 23rd, featuring 17 bedrooms among five different properties, each of them preserving their historic value, merged with modern comfort and high-end bespoke services. Yesterday, two residences located on 19 de Marzo Street # 115, named “Casa de los Mapas” ( House of Maps) and another located on Padre Billini # 252, called “Casa del Arbol” ( The Tree House), which form the Southern cluster, and are already operational.

Asides the Tourism and Real Estate Assets Portfolio run by VICINI, the hotel will be managed by ProHotel International and HMS, hence seeking to reach the Small Luxury Hotels of the World standards, an international brand which promotes and vindicates the boutique hotel concept.

The Director of the Tourism & Real Estate Asset Portfolio, Johnny Acevedo, stated that the intention is to “rescue properties, turning them into hotel suites through a multilocation concept, and already includes some 20 homes, many of them built amid the sixteenth century”. Acevedo added how they wish to contribute to tourism in the Olde City which goes in hand with the goal of reaching an annual goal of ten million tourists within a ten-year term, and elevating the average expenditures made by tourists when visiting the city”.

About Casas del XVI:

Casas del XVI is a company within the Tourism and Real Estate assets portfolio managed by VICINI.

Source: Diario Libre

First Stage of Boutique Hotel Casas del XVI Opens; A Unique Concept in the World

Solara announced the opening for the first phase of the hotel “Casas del XVI”, a hotel ensemble composed by companies dating more than four centuries of construction, designed with a unique world concept, contributing to promote the Olde City of Santo Domingo as a tourist destination.

The project will involve an investment surpassing USD$20million. Casas del XVI will be a boutique five-star hotel that will be distributed among 20 colonial homes, which have been redesigned to serve without losing its historic value and seek to lure in a high-end tourist. The project will be run by Prohotel International and HMS, under standards from Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and will generate during its development phase some 1,000 direct jobs, and over 1,500 contractor positions, and for its final phase, around 500 positions.

Details about the hotel were made public by Juan Vicini, VICINI executive; Johnny Acevedo, director of the Tourism & Real Estate Assets Portfolio in VICINI, and Samir Saab, president of ProHotels, whom pointed out the expectations held with this project, for being a unique hotel concept which combines bespoke attention with the cultural riches and architectural landscape the olde city of Santo Domingo offers.

About Casas del XVI:

Casas del XVI is a company within the Tourism and Real Estate assets portfolio managed by VICINI.

Source: Hoy