The arrival of international tourists to the Dominican Republic registered a healthy growth of 6.7% compared to the same period in 2016, 58.9% of the 4,400,124 foreign visitors who decided to vacation in the country arrived from North America, followed in order of importance by Europe with 24.2%, South America with 11.8%, Central America and the Caribbean with 4.8%.
EUROPE REGISTERS FASTEST GROWTH IN 2018
Contrary to previous years, during January-August 2017 the number of European tourists visiting the country grew by 153,656 additional passengers, in relation to the same time period the previous year. Overall, the European market experienced a healthy 19.7% increase, specifically from Russia (93,129); England (13,708); Germany (11,018); Spain (7,943); Portugal (5,528); Switzerland (5,084), Ukraine (4,853) and Poland (3,119).
THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA
The number of visitors from North America increased by 81,491 visitors (3.7%), in comparison to January-August 2016. Approximately 47,425 additional Canadian tourists traveled to the country; 33,800 from the United States and 266 from Mexico. The number of visitors from Central America and the Caribbean increased by 4,486, a bi-annual increase of 2.5%. There were 4,820 Cuban tourists reported, and 2,559 from Panama.
PUNTA CANA CONTINUES TO LEAD TOURISM SECTOR
The arrival of non-resident travelers to the Dominican Republic through the country’s international airports revealed that Punta Cana’s international airport, in the country’s eastern region, received an overwhelming 67.7% of foreign tourists (2,6161,152), followed in order of importance by La Romana, Santiago, Santo Domingo’s regional airport (La Isabela) and El Catey international airport in Samaná, in the country’s northeast region. Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International Airport received an overall 16.6% of all incoming visitors, Puerto Plata (8.8%), while the La Romana, Santiago, La Isabela and El Catey in Samaná received a total of 6.9% non-resident travelers through its facilities.