Dominican Tourism Minister, Francisco Javier García, recently stated that 2014 was an extraordinary year for the country’s tourism industry and predicted that 2015 will be “much better”, with an average growth of more than 10 percent.
The number of non-resident tourists who visited the D.R. jumped by 9.6% during 2014, while a total of 5.1 million passengers – an increase of 480,000 – brought in revenues of more than US$5.6 billion during 2014.
The number of airplanes coming in through the country’s international airports surpassed the 100,000 mark.
Minister Garcia explained that the impressive jump in these numbers was the result of the joint efforts carried out by the public and private tourism sectors.
“If the year that just ended was good, I am convinced that 2015 will be extraordinary because all the conditions are currently in place for continued growth.”
He also said that this year the country will benefit from important agreements signed by the Ministry of Tourism during his participation in major international fairs, agreements that will increase the number of visitors travelling to the Dominican Republic.
Minister Garcia also said that local hotels bought an impressive US$500 million from local agribusiness producers.
100,000 Airline Operations
The Dominican Civil Aviation Institute (IDAC) reported that in 2014 some 100,000 airplanes landed in the country’s international airports. The IDAC revealed that by far this was one of the country’s most productive years in the history of civil aviation.
IDAC Director, Alejandro Herrera, said: “In terms of our sector in the Dominican Republic we are more than flattered, because we have broken all previous records in terms of air operations, reaching almost 100,000.”