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Dominican Today, Dom. Rep., September 5, 2007

From Latin Business Chronicle

Dominican Republic: Next Riviera?

Punta Cana.- When Richard Knorr is not busy designing top-notch retail malls or office buildings in Latin America and the United States, he is focusing on his dream of creating a major Caribbean resort. He is the mastermind behind the $1 billion development of the Roco Ki resort in the Punta Cana region in southeastern Dominican Republic.

"We have sold several hundred properties to date [and] expect to continue on that path," he says. "Friendly people with smiles, beautiful beaches and a very diverse landscape provides a vast array of experiences."

The resort will span a total of 2,700 acres. The first part, scheduled to open next year, covers 500 acres and will include a Westin conference hotel, a 18-hole golf course designed by Nick Faldo, an 18,500-square-foot spa and a collection of Westin brand and Roco Ki residential products.

The golf course will include cliff-side and ocean view holes, tropical mangrove forest, lake, marsh and lagoon water hazards.


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