The Bavaro Beach Resort will have all of its 600 rooms upgraded to junior suites. The five-hotel complex will then add a new golf course, casino, disco and theater within the next two to four years. Preliminary work on what has been described as a project with no budget began earlier this year as rooms were assessed. "Of course we always have a budget, but this is something that will not have a limit," says Juan Marques, director general of the Bavaro Beach Resort, which first opened in 1985. "But to say we would stop at $100 million or even $200 million would be wrong. Whatever it takes, we will do." (JP)
A marathon of press conferences kicked off Wednesday morning with what could possibly be the biggest news to come out of the show. Barcelo Bavaro Beach Hotels & Resorts announced plans for complete refurbishments of all five of its properties in Punta Cana, beginning with the Bavaro Beach Resort.