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First Nickelodeon Resort breaks ground in Dominican Republic

The Nickelodeon Punta Cana has broken ground in the Dominican Republic marking the entry of the children's brand in the Caribbean. The 204-room hotel will be operated by Karisma Hotels and Resorts and is expected to open in the summer of 2016 after a $92 million construction project that will create 1,200 direct jobs.

First Nickelodeon Resort breaks ground in Dominican Republic

Nickelodeon will mark its debut in the Caribbean after the Nickelodeon Punta Cana broke ground this week.

This is Viacom's first resort to be built under the popular children's brand and it will target family travellers taking holidays in the Dominican Republic.

The luxury resort will be run by Karisma Hotels and Resorts and will have 204 guest rooms and suites and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2016.

The President of the Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina attended the groundbreaking ceremony to turn the first stone for the project that is expected to cost $92 million and will create 1,200 direct jobs.

At the same event Rafael Feliz, Jr., the Senior Brand Corporate Manager for Karisma, commented:

"We believe strongly in the new Nickelodeon brand, and we're looking to develop five hotels in the next 10 years."

Mr Feliz added that Karisma Hotels and Resorts is currently looking for locations in the Riviera Maya in Mexico for a second Nickelodeon branded property.

The luxury beachfront resort will have family-friendly facilities such as the Nick Village, the Nick Waterpark, a sports centre, a beachside infinity pool, and an array of gourmet restaurants and casual and stylish bars and lounges.

In the Nick Village, children will be able to interact with favourite Nickelodeon characters as Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Nick Village will also have Studio Nick with shows, events and private parties. Mr Feliz explained:

"We believe demand is going to be very strong. Nickelodeon will be a unique product in a world-class destination."

Punta Cana is located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic and the area is renowned for its world-class golf resorts and designer championship golf courses. The region's azure ocean provides plenty of opportunities for scuba diving and snorkelling activities, swimming, windsurfing, sailing and deep-sea fishing adventures, while the Bavaro area is home to the famous award-winning Bavaro Beach, plus a collection of luxury all inclusive beachfront hotels, casinos, boutique shops, theatres, gourmet restaurants and stylish bars.

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