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La Romana is the third-largest city in the Dominican Republic with a population estimated in 2005 at 250,000. The city is capital of the southeastern province of La Romana, opposite Catalina Island. The modern La Romana International Airport was opened in 2000 and the city is near several other cities, such as San Pedro de Macorís and the national capital, Santo Domingo de Guzmán. The city is a hub for a growing tourist industry with several nearby local resort spots, such as the beachfront Bayahibe, Punta Cana, Casa de Campo, and the growing number of Golf Resorts that surround the area. La Romana is not a typical Dominican town; instead, it is a company town, with the Central Romana Corporation owning the majority of the town. It is a town with nearly 100% employment, mostly in the tourism industry or with The Central Romana Corporation, the Free Zone (Zonas Francas), or one of the service businesses there. La Romana has been a one-company town since the South Puerto Rico Sugar Company built the mammoth Central Romana mill in 1917. It was the only sugar operation not taken over by Rafael Trujillo during his reign. From 1964 to 1967, the South Puerto Rico Sugar Company, including properties in Florida, Puerto Rico and the Dominican republic became part of the conglomerate Gulf+Western. In 1984, the Gulf+Western Corporation sold their stake in the Central Romana Corporation to a group of local and foreign investors which includes The Fanjul Brothers. In yet another connection with La Romana, Gulf+Western owned Consolidated Cigars from 1968-1983. Consolidated Cigars continue to be made in La Romana, owned by Altadis since 1999. This town is characterized by its tremendous influence in the country's tourism programs. Its filled with beautiful beaches and many hotels and resorts. There are also many growing suburban areas and fenced communities This town has a large population, and all the problems associated with high-density areas. It does not have many notable sights in terms of architecture or urban spaces, being barely 100 years old. It grew very fast compared that to the much older and slower-paced La Vega or Seibo, which are more typical Dominican towns. One of its most prominent Citizen is Juan Alberto Cirez. 'Berto--as he is known to his family-- was one of the developers behind Storm Linux and Stomix Technologies-- the ground breaking Linux Distro that for a brief period in 1999-2000 seemed poised to take over the computer world. La Romana is home to the Azucareros del Este, a baseball team in the Dominican Winter League. read full wikipedia reference about La Romana, Dominican Republic OTHER POPULAR DESTINATIONS IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
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