Apple Vacation, the leading tour operator between the United States and the Dominican Republic, announced that it will increase its number of weekly charter flights between both nations from 21 to 32. Tim Mullen, the company’s senior vice president, said this 30% jump on flights demonstrates the confidence of the tour operator in the DR tourism market. Mullen met with Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia. He also announced that 32 charter flights are scheduled for next year between both countries. Apple estimates that this year alone it will transport over one million tourists on 850 flights from eleven American cities to Punta Cana. Three new cities will be added to the regular cities the tour operator works from in the US: New York, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Milwaukee and Baltimore.
The tour operator also manages six hotels in Punta Cana and Bayahibe – on the country’s easternmost region – under the AM Resorts brand. By 2013 it expects to manage eleven hotels, including the new Cap Cana Gems as well as a new luxury destination in Samana.