During 2016 Punta Cana, the country’s foremost tourism destination, was distinguished as the most popular destination in the Caribbean. During the same year four of the country’s top beaches were included on the list of the Caribbean’s best beaches and the northeast province of Samana was placed on the Condé Nast exclusive Gold List of top Caribbean destinations.
At the same time, for a third consecutive year the World Golf Organization chose the Dominican Republic as the “Best Golf Destination of the Caribbean 2016.” At the same time, the French Tour MAG magazine issued the “Best Destination” award to the country during the “International French Travel Market” (IFTM), one of the world’s top tourism international fairs.
In addition, the Dominican Republic continues to strengthen its position as one of the world’s top destinations in the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) tourism sector. During 2015, the country was included on the 11th slot on the list of Latin American nations that lead this important tourism segment.
Not surprisingly, the country’s strikingly beautiful Samana Peninsula was chosen as one of the most outstanding destinations in the world and included in the 2016 Gold List published by Condé Nast Traveler Magazine.
According to the world-class travel publication, Samana has managed to maintain its pristine beauty in comparison to other Caribbean destinations.
The cable car of the north coast city of Puerto Plata also received top honors for a third consecutive year. TripAdvisor issued this popular tourism attraction its 2016 Certificate of Excellence for top service quality.
Punta Cana was included among the top 100 cities in the world that receive more international tourists, according to Euromonitor. The popular destination also topped the Traveler’s Choice 2016 list of the Caribbean’s 10 top destinations, issued by TripAdvisor. It also included Punta Cana as one of the world’s top golf destinations.
Punta Cana’s international airport was chosen as one of the top three airports in Latin America and the Caribbean. The facility received the “Airport Service Quality Award,” issued by the International Airports Council to those airports that handle more than two million passengers annually.
The Council honors those facilities that comply with 34 key indicators on quality, management and services. Currently, Punta Cana’s airport handles 60% of all flights and passengers coming in to the Dominican Republic.
Three Dominican beaches – Bavaro Beach, “Playa Bonita” and Sosua – were included on the list of the Caribbean’s top 25 beaches and received Travellers Choice Awards 2016, issued by TripAdvisor. “Playa Rincon,” in Samana Province, came in 20th on the list of the world’s top 50 beaches, as rated by Condé Nast Traveler magazine.