Increase in Number of Tourists Jumps to 4.5%

The number of tourists visiting the Dominican Republic through its international airports grew by 4.5% between the months of January-October, in comparison to the same time period in 2016.

In total, 4.4 million tourists visited the country during this time period, an additional 192,271 tourists in comparison to 2016.

According to the Dominican Central Bank, between January and October of this year the number of European tourists jumped by 157,932, in comparison to 2016, a 16.2% increase over last year.

A list published by the Bank reveals the following number of tourists who visited the D.R., by country: Russia (101,904); England (13,288); Germany (12,288); Spain (8,134); Ukraine (7,314); Portugal (6,184); Poland (3,995) and Switzerland (3,715).

October 2017

In October alone 395,666 tourists visited the country through its local airports, an increase of 0.8% in comparison to 2016.

At the same time 56.7% of all tourists originated in North America, followed by Europe (25.4%), South America (12.7%), Central America and the Caribbean (4.8%).

In the case of North America the data reveals a 2.1% increase (52,434) in the number of tourists, in comparison to 2016.

In total, 45,392 additional tourists visited the country from Canada and 7,728 from the United States.

Due to the hurricanes that impacted the region a few months earlier, the number of tourists from Central America and the Caribbean dropped by 5,972.

The number of Puerto Rican tourists dropped significantly.

Punta Cana

The Punta Cana region once again received the highest number of visitors to the Dominican Republic (67.7%).

That percentage represents more than three million passengers that visited the country through Punta Cana’s international airport, followed by Santo Domingo’s Las Americas Airport (17.1%), and Puerto Plata (8.5%).

The La Romana, Santiago, Santo Domingo’s local airport and the north coast airport in the province of Samana, received together 6.7% of all non-resident passengers.

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