Tourism arrivals grow by 7.8% during January-March

The arrival of tourists to the Dominican Republic through local airports increased by 7.8% during the January-March 2012 quarter, surpassing the numbers presented by the World Tourism Organization (WTO) regarding the Caribbean region.

The country’s Minister of Tourism, Francisco Javier Garcia, recently presented these new numbers and explained that the increment in the number of tourists visiting the country is an extraordinary achievement.

In March alone the increase registered at nine percent, for a total of 479,354 visitors, 39,471 more than the number reported in 2011.

Minister Garcia delivered remarks at the Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE 2012), sponsored by the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES).

The fair was held at the Hotel Barceló Punta Cana Convention Center.

During the January-March quarter of this year, the number of visitors that entered the Dominican Republic through the country’s airports was 1,355,749. Punta Cana, on the country’s easternmost region, continued to receive the largest number of tourists, with an 8.47 percent increase in arrivals.  Punta Cana receives 62.33 percent of the total number of tourists visiting the country.

Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International Airport handled 201,799 visitors (16.60%), and Puerto Plata’s airport received 140,859 (11.58%).


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