About La ROmana
La Romana is a city located on the Caribbean coast of the Dominican Republic, a suitable stop for those traveling between Santo Domingo and the beach resorts further East. It overflows with ancient and contemporary art, underwater adventures, dreamy beaches, refreshing plunges, hikes in the rainforest, lively nights, and much more.
Altos de Chavón is an unforgettable cultural experience located inside Casa de Campo complex in La Romana. It is a replica of a 16th century Mediterranean village right in the heart of the Dominican Republic. Stroll along its enigmatic cobbled streets. To the south is Catalina Island, with breathtaking beaches, coral reefs, and a pirate sunken ship.
Why La Romana
La Romana overflows with natural riches. Its cave-riddled forests inside Cotubanamá National Park are home to fresh water springs and Taino rock art. Offshore, the islands of Saona, Catalina, and Catalinita are lined with turtle nesting stretches facing pristine coral reefs, while shipwrecks teeming with marine life rest at shallow and extreme depths. La Romana has the most spectacular world-class golf courses along with spectacular colonial sites that mix perfectly with our beaches.
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Hello, I'm Ramon Rijo
Regional Managing Director
The ideal skill set for an operations manager in the event business is an extremely broad knowledge of transportation and the hospitality industry, and the ability to provide unequalled customer satisfaction. That’s why Ramon Rijo is the perfect guy to do this job for IVI in the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Rijo is an “information sponge.” He loves soaking up knowledge and information. So it’s no surprise that his education includes physics and mathematics, computer programming, the English language, airline continuing education programs and Dale Carnegie leadership training.
Ramon began his career in the hospitality arena as a ticket agent with ACES, the Columbian-based airline that later became part of Avianca. He then joined Swissport Dominicana, an airport management and security company.
Since then, Rijo continued to add to his experience with increasingly responsible positions with tour, vacation and destination management companies. He has worked at Premiere Tours, Amstar, Vacaciones Barceló and Coco Tours as an excursion agent, reservations supervisor, commercial business manager, office manager and operations manager.
Along the way, Ramon has earned a number of “best employee” and business performance awards. He now is applying his extensive tourism and hospitality knowledge and experience to IVI, where he is empowered to follow his personal credo to “never say no” to client requests.
In his leisure time, Rijo first and foremost is a family man who enjoys spending time with his wife and kids. He also likes music, and as a history buff he enjoys the Discovery and History Channels on television. Ramon’s favorite book is “The Purpose-Driven Life,” and he says he enjoys Christian music because it “gives me peace and strengthens my spirit.”
As a native of the Dominican Republic, Rijo’s favorite sport is baseball, and he is a fan of the Boston Red Sox. And (like many baseball players) he now is learning to play golf.
Local Attraction: El Cortecito Beach and Los Corales. This is a great beach at a delightful beach town and fishing village. With lots of shops and restaurants, it’s considered the “downtown” of Punta Cana.
Recreational Activity: Swimming. With so many gorgeous beaches, going into the water is hard to resist!.
Restaurant: Captain Cook’s. This is an excellent seafood restaurant right on El Cortecito beach. It’s a really scenic al fresco dining experience. They specialize in lobster – I highly recommend it.
Local Tour: ATV four-wheeling. It combines a highway and off-road excusion that offers great scenery along with some entertaining trail adventures that will elevate your adrenaline.
Local Event: Carnaval de la Vega. I think this is the best of the Dominican Republic’s many carnival celebrations in February. It features great costumes (with lots of mostly humorous Devil masks), colorful parade floats, lots of music and many masked dance groups.
The National Park Of The East
This reserve is valued for being the habitat of thousands of species of flora and fauna, many being endemic to the region. Being here is like walking down the past of our Taino ancestors.
Through the dry forest, you will be guided along a path until you reach the impressive Cueva Del Puente. This cave is known for its large size and spacious interiors. Get ready to be surprised by a gigantic centenary tree that crosses the cave's ceiling in search of the rays of the sun.
Saona Island is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the Dominican Republic, one of the jewels of the Dominican Republic because of its idyllic surroundings.
Hop on a huge catamaran to visit the island; during the trip you will enjoy drinks and snacks.
After Saona, it is the second largest island in the country. It is a dream place which many consider as having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
The coast of the island is dotted with coral reefs swarming with fish, starfish, and other colorful species.
Casa de Campo
Attention avid golfers, this area has several internationally recognized courses, among the best in the world.
Enjoy the sport in the exclusive golf courses of the Casa de Campo tourist complex; it houses the world-famous Diente de Perro, the #1 rated course not only in the Dominican Republic, but in the entire Caribbean.
Altos de Chavon
It is a replica of a 16th century Mediterranean village and is the perfect day trip from La Romana.
At the edge of a canyon that flows dramatically into the Chavon River, there is an impressive Greek-style amphitheater with 5,000 seats and captivating views of the Rio Chavon and the Caribbean Sea. This amphitheater is one of the most important stages in the world.
The people of the Dominican are some of the nicest in the Caribbean. They are always friendly, very willing, approachable, charismatic. Because of the above, and a blessed nature and suitable facilities, DR has it all!
Enjoying the golf offer of the Dominican Republic is now better and more accessible than ever. The destination is equipped not only with impressive golf courses, but also with an infrastructure that allows the comfort of the athletes and their families.
With the new roads throughout the country, golfers have a faster access to the more than the 26 golf courses throughout the country, including the 18 courses in the coastal areas.
The International Airport of La Romana (IATA code: LRM, ICAO code: MDLR), also known as Casa de Campo International Airport, is a commercial airport in the Dominican Republic.
It occupies the fifth place of passenger traffic after the airport of Punta Cana, Las Americas, Puerto Plata, and Santiago.
Dominicus Beach in la Romana was the first to receive a Blue Flag in America.
These places are earthly paradises with shores of white sand and crystal-clear waters, so beautiful that it is hard to believe that they are real.
This port was built in the 1950s by the then Gulf and Western, now Central Romana. It is located at the mouth of the Chavon River and operates within the facilities of the Central Romana.
It has two berths: the commercial dock and the tourist terminal; they operate on the eastern and western banks, respectively.
Excellent job! Great partners and friends thanks! Laura is amazing.
Laura thank you and your team for such a wonderful trip! This was a by far your best trip yet! I’ve absolutely loved working with you! We will be back and asking for you very soon.
Laura and the entire team did a great job.
The client was thrilled and your team made me and MTI Events look fabulous. So for that – I thank you and Karen Crew. Your should be very proud of your team there. They handled every change and challenge I gave them. As always it is great to partner with such a professional team.
Laura is an exceptional person, her heart is in the right place. She strives for excellence. I would encourage her to communicate any foreseeable challenges to the client — always better to be privy in advance. I KNOW she will head one of IVI’s divisions in the future.
Challenges with décor first event, firework expectations Laura and her IVI team were wonderful to work with; always striving to exceed, helpful and dedicated to serving the client and its attendees.
La verdad son impecables y tenerlos como proveedores estratégicos, nos ayudará a que nuestros eventos están garantizados en calidad y servicio. Esperemos pronto volver a vernos.
Muchas gracias a los 3 por tan cordial bienvenida a vuestro país.