One of the most positive news regarding the country’s Dominican tourism industry is that the north coast city of Puerto Plata experienced an impressive increase in the number of visitors during 2017.
During January-November 2017 the sector reported a 12.5% – the highest in the country – increase in the number of tourist arrivals.
Important hotel chains have also opened their doors in Puerto Plata, including the AM Resorts chain (in 2015), and the Hodelpa, Aldiana and Senator chains in 2017.
Three hotels were completely refurbished in the Playa Dorada tourism complex, the largest in the north coast region.
Although the city presented negative numbers regarding the arrival of tourists in November (-7.4%), the extraordinary growth experienced during the first 10 months of 2017 registered an impressive 12.5% growth, the highest in the country during that specific time period.
Reservations for the current winter season will also guarantee solid growth in the arrival of tourists, in comparison to numbers registered during the same time period last year.
The following factors have also contributed to the steady growth of the tourism industry in Puerto Plata: the successful launching of the cruise ship industry (401,000 mil passengers between January-November) and the opening of a State-owned port that will also begin to receive international cruise ships in early 2018.
The recovery of the Puerto Plata tourism industry has not impacted other important tourism destinations in the country, such as Punta Cana (+5.4%) and Samana (+8.1%).
The eastern city of La Romana, known for the world-famous resort Casa de Campo, maintained its solid numbers.