In June we set off to offer concrete help to the local population of the island that occupies a special place in our and your hearts.
Many of you know Saona: the island occupies a quarter part of one of the most beautiful National Parks in the Dominican Republic, Cotubanamá Park. We have always organized boat and catamaran excursions directly from the pier at Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach and Palace.
The main inhabited area is Mano Juan, where some 130 families live, fishermen whose wives are dedicated to the sale of local crafts. Our bond with this community is incredibly special, in 1998 we aided them when it was necessary to rebuild their wooden houses after the passage of Hurricane Georges. Also, years later, our excursions included lunch at Mano Juan.
When we told you about #Vivalife, our objective was not to launch a logo or a meaningless word: for us, it is a matter of social and environmental responsibility.
During the months in which tourism could not reach Saona, families experienced a strong economic precariousness, since no boat arrived on the island either from Bayahibe or from Punta Cana.
We wanted to give a clear signal, to concretely demonstrate that Viva Resorts does not forget. In this sense, on June 12, we sailed out on the Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach speedboats and an ample supply of food. We were joined by Ettore Colussi, company president, Giacomo Di Lauro, who was Director for many years, Tommaso Cutrì, from Corporate Management, Claudio Natella, Director of both resorts and Patrizia Puggioni, the chain’s Animation Manager.
We dressed ourselves in humility, reaffirming our bonds of friendship, as a testament our respect and affection for the community. We would like to share a brief video with you, with the assurance that it wasn’t produced for any personal gain, but, on the contrary, to portray a special and poignant moment, a remembrance we believe you would like to watch.