The Dominican Republic’s tourism industry received top honors in 2016. Punta Cana, in the country’s eastern region, was consolidated as the most popular destination in the Caribbean. Also, four of the country’s beaches were included on the list of the region’s most beautiful beaches. At the same time, the Samaná Peninsula, situated on the country’s northeast region, was chosen as one of the most outstanding destinations in the world and included on the Condé Nast Gold List 2016 for its breathtaking beauty, the World Golf Organization included the country, for a third consecutive year, as the “Best Golf Destination of the Caribbean 2016” and the MAG Tour Magazine of France issued the D.R. the “Best Destination” award in the International French Travel Market (IFTM).
At the same time, the Dominican Republic also strengthened its standing as a key destination for the Tourism of Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) sector, for both North America and Latin America. The country currently occupies the 11th position in the MICE ranking for the Western Hemisphere.
According to the prestigious magazine, Samaná is one of the Caribbean’s most pristine and unspoiled regions.
For a third consecutive year, Puerto Plata’s cable car, on the north coast, received the 2016 Certificate of Excellence granted by TripAdvisor, one of the world’s most important travel websites, for its excellent service.
The Punta Cana destination was included among the world’s top 100 cities that receive more international tourists, according to figures prepared by Euromonitor.
The popular destination also topped the list of the top ten Caribbean destinations, according to Travelers’ Choice 2016, and also included among the best golf destinations in the world.
Last year, Punta Cana’s international airport was awarded the Airport Service Quality Award, granted by the International Airports Council, for being one of the top three airports in Latin America and the Caribbean that receives more than two million passengers per year.
Airports from all over the world – 17 from Latin America and the Caribbean – were evaluated by international travelers who took into account 34 key indicators on quality and customer services.
Sixty percent of all incoming flights to the Dominican Republic come in through Punta Cana’s top-rated airport.
The beaches in Bávaro (in the country’s eastern region), Playa Bonita and Sosua (in the north coast) were included on the 2016 list of the Caribbean’s top 25 beaches prepared by the Travelers Choice Awards.
Playa Rincon, in Samaná Province, came in 20th on the list of the region’s top 50 beaches, according to the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler magazine.