Impressive Growth in Tourism during January-April 2011

The number of tourists visiting the Dominican Republic grew by 5.6% during the first quarter of this year, 77.992 visitors more then months of January to April 2010.

Although the numbers registered during the month of January were not impressive (0.3%), February came in with very different numbers.  During the second month of the year growth in the sector was registered at 3.3%.  The numbers for March jumped to 6.3%, while April came in at a healthy 14.3%.  In total, some 1.4 million tourists visited the country during these months.

Punta Cana International Airport, situated in the country’s easternmost section, continues to lead in the number of tourist arrivals.  During this time frame the airport processed 62% of the total number of tourists visiting the Dominican Republic.  Puerto Plata International Airport, on the country’s north shore, handled 11% of arrivals, while La Romana, also on the eastern region, received 3.9% and Samana, on the northeast section of the country, handled 2.2%.

Overall, North American tourists represented 58% of all international visitors entering the Dominican Republic.  This particular market grew by 4% in comparison to the previous year, while the European market grew by 20% (with a 1.5% increase) and South America with 8% of the total number of arrivals.  This particular sector grew by 49%.

To date, the United States (443,000, accounting for 30.4% of the overall market) and Canada (408,000, with 28% of the market) are the country’s main tourism markets.  North America is followed by the following nations:  France (8.5%); Germany (4.8%); Spain (3.2%); Italy (2.8%); Russia (2.7%), Argentina (2.7%), Puerto Rico (1.6%) and Brazil (1.5%).

Also coming in with impressive numbers were the South American and Russian markets (50.6%).  Currently, Russia occupies the eighth position among the top 10 tourist markets traveling to the Dominican Republic.

Other important markets, besides Europe and North America, are the South American market.  The numbers indicate that the number of tourists coming in from Argentina grew by 69%, while the percentage registered from the Brazilian market jumped to 127%.

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