Dominican Tourism progressively went from receiving 4.1 million tourists in 2010 to almost 6.2 million in 2017.
In just two years, from 2013 and 2015, revenues exceeded 16 billion dollars and outplaced the general budget of the State.
The Minister of Tourism, Francisco Javier Garcia, sustained in a local newspaper interview from 2016 that:
“The levels of growth have been extraordinary. Compared to 2013, we have grown 10%, above all the Americas and the entire Caribbean.
The number of tourists coming from America topped at 7.8%. Out of those, the United States citizens accounted for 8.7%. The Caribbeans, which had a forecast of 3%, grew by 6.3%”, as he explained to the digital newspaper El Titular.
In recent years, the government led by President Danilo Medina has recognized the value of the tourism industry for the country’s economy.
Therefore, public sector support has been the catalyst for massive foreign investments with the construction of dozens of hotel projects in hubs such as Punta Cana, La Romana, and Bávaro, which receives more than 60% of all tourists.
What the Data Reflects
Data from the Central Bank indicated that the direct and indirect contribution of the Tourism industry in 2015 was 7.6% and 16% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), respectively.
Between 2013 and 2015 revenues exceeded 16 billion dollars, outplacing the general budget of the State in 2015.
Likewise, we progressively went from receiving 4.1 million tourists in 2010 to almost 6.2 million in 2017.
A January 2018 publication denominated: ‘Tourism Flow Report,’ from the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, corroborates the force of movement that we have underlined.
The total arrival of non-resident passengers by the end of 2017, which comprises foreigners and non-resident citizens, scaled to a historic 6.1 million.
An increment of 228 thousand (3.8%) compared to 2016. A substantial 96.4% were foreigners, and only 3.6% were non-resident Dominicans.
More than 3.6 million arrived at Punta Cana International Airport, home of the best travel destinations in the Caribbean.
One of them is Casa de Campo, named the “World’s Leading Luxury Sports & Villa Resort 2017”.
As of September 2017, Punta Cana-Bavaro registered the highest hotel occupancy rate of all at 87%.
In mid-January, the Dominican Republic was selected as the #1 Caribbean and Central America golf destination.
“We could attract important investment agreements to construct new hotels.
Currently, we are sustaining conversations with new airlines and new interested tour operators, so we can continue to welcome tourists”, Javier Garcia sustained at the International Tourism Trade Fair.
We believe that the Dominican Tourism will continue to receive millions of tourists from all over the world.