About Punta Cana
It is a town located east of the Dominican Republic, in the province of La Altagracia. In this locality several hotel complexes are located occupying a surface of about 10,000 acres (42 km²).
Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is the country’s main airport; it is located about 19 miles (30 km) inland, on the road that leads from Higüey to La Romana. This airport receives 64% of all flights arriving in the country; this means it receives more passengers than Las Americas International Airport, located in Santo Domingo.
Why Punta Cana
Punta Cana has sugary sand, so perfectly golden that one may think it’s not real, but it is. The hotels in this area cater for people who enjoy all-inclusive resorts but care little about venturing away from their resort. The region boasts more than 24,000 hotel rooms and customizable meeting space for incentives and special events. Blessed with one of the Caribbean region’s longest white sand coastlines – a whopping 30 miles (48 km) – Punta Cana is the land of recreation and relaxation by the sea. Punta Cana has everything you need for your guests!.
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.
Punta Cana is famous for its beaches and that's one of the reasons why visit this magic place characterized by turquoise, clear, and warm waters. Enjoy this paradise walking along the white sand or take a dip in the sea.
The region is the most frequently travelled spot for vacations in the Caribbean where you'll find different resorts according to your budget. Visit Punta Cana and share your best memories when you go back home.
Have your fill of golf at any of the 25 golf courses. Their clever designs are indeed a feast for the eyes. Punta Espada Golf Club in Cap Cana, Teeth of the Dog in the House, Nick Faldo Legacy Course at Roco Ki, and Playa Grande are some of the fields of the Dominican Republic that have received world recognition for their beauty and design. Any of our properties will allow you to experience golfing at its best.
Your trip to Punta Cana won't be complete without trying the local cuisine that features Caribbean and European touches. Dominican Republic has a perfect mix of flavorful recipes that tend to include coconut and banana.
Do not lose the opportunity to delight your taste with sancocho, a typical dish of Dominican Republic. Visit Punta Cana and discover our gastronomy!.
Merengue is considered part of the national identity of our community. Our visitors can visit bars, clubs, parades and festivals to enjoy this catchy rhythm.
Don't how to dance? No worries, our friendly people usually teach our visitors how to dance to this most contagious beat! You can even dance outdoors during merengue festivals, including the annual festival. These live shows are performed by professional orchestras.
In Punta Cana there are more than 70 accommodating hotels for groups and families. Here, you will find the comfort and the paradisiac setting you are looking for your incentive group.
The Dominican Republic has it all: Natural beauty, luxury, and a rich variety of culture and gastronomy.
Punta Cana has a vast array of fun activities without needing to go too far. Be adventurous and leave the comfort of your resort to engage for example in water sports, zip lining, and cultural activities.
Going out of the hotel can give you the opportunity to discover a more bit of the treasures of the island.
Punta Cana International Airport
Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), the leading airport for travel to the Dominican Republic with convenient direct flights arriving daily from around the world. Located less than 10 minutes from Punta Cana Resort & Club, PUJ is strategically designed to ensure that the guest experience is undisturbed by air traffic or noise and guests are able to enjoy the tranquil, natural beauty of the property while benefiting from the airport’s close proximity. Offering direct flights from over 26 countries, 64 cities, and 90 airports around the world, the Punta Cana region is accessible and convenient for travelers.
Nuestra Señora De La Altagracia Cathedral
If you want to know more about our history, one of the buildings you won't want to miss is this cathedral, located nearby of Higüey. This building has an eclectic structure with Neoclassical details.
It’s stands out for its 69-meter (225 feet) high arch with a bronze and gold entrance.
One of the ways to get around Punta Cana and enjoy spectacular views is to book a boat tour. The captain will take you to the best spots for snorkeling be it in groups on in pairs.
If you prefer something more comfortable, ask for catamaran charters. In either option the crew will pamper you with music aboard, drinks and lunch.
Mama Juana is the traditional alcoholic beverage of the Dominican Republic. It is made of rum, red wine, honey, herbs, spices, and tree barks from the Dominican rainforest.
This traditional drink is very strong so it’s good to watch how much you drink.
Karen did a wonderful job coordination our group.
Louis is a great asset. He works well with clients.
We had an amazing IVI crew with Karen, Wilmer and Raul backing us up, that everything the client threw at us was handled professionally and always with a smile. She answered my texts 24-7 and always let me know if there was an issue so we could be pro-active versus reactive. In my opinion, this is one of the true keys of being a successful event planner!.
As always, it is great to partner with such a professional team. This group is headed to Costa Rica next June.
Karen did great job getting information to me quickly. she has always available to answer questions and she was responsive to any program needs.
As always your staff is the best in the area Thank you IVI.