The number of tourists jumped visiting the country during this time period jumped by 4.9% in comparison to the same period last year, according to data provided by the Dominican Central Bank.
During the first nine months of the year 4.7 million visitors traveled to the Dominican Republic, an additional 187,225 in comparison to 2016 figures.
The Central Bank also reveals that foreign tourists represented 87.5% of the total number of non-residents that visited the country during this time period.
The number of residents and non-residents peaked at 5.1 million during this same time period, an additional 225,933 passengers in comparison to 2016.
During January-September, 57.7% of all tourists came from North America, 24.9% from Europe, and 12.3% from South America. An additional 4.8% came from Central America and the Caribbean, and the remaining 0.3% from Asia and the rest of the world.
“During the first nine months of this year, Europe was the region that experienced the greatest growth with 153,197 additional passengers, for a 17.6% overall growth,” says the Central Bank.
Among other nations: Russia (94,870), England (13,907), Germany (11,570), Spain (8,200), Portugal (5,941), the Ukraine (5,714) and Switzerland (4,964).
The arrival of non-resident travelers from North America during this time period registered an increase of 51,320 additional visitors (2.2%), in relation to January-September 2016: 43,472 Canadian tourists and 8,374 from the United States.