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MasterCard study rates Santo Domingo top Caribbean city

Mastercard Worldwide has revealed the results of a recent study conducted across the Caribbean and Latin America which showed that the capital city of Santo Domingo fared well among travellers who took Dominican Republic holidays there.

MasterCard study rates Santo Domingo top Caribbean city

A tourism study carried out by MasterCard Worldwide has shown that Dominican Republic's capital city of Santo Domingo looks like it will fare well among the Latin American and Caribbean regions this year.

The study also showed most of the important holiday destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean, and forecasts the growth in the number of visitors to the Dominican Republic either on bussines or leisure trips to this and other Caribbean regions in 2011.

Richard Hartzell, MasterCard President for the Latin American and Caribbean region, said: “For MasterCard it’s very important to understand the role Latin American and Caribbean cities play in the connectivity of trade and the economies, especially with regard to commerce.”

The results of the study were revealed after MasterCard classified 132 cities in the world index of holiday destinations including the total number of arrivals from international tourists and the transnational payments these tourists made in each destination.

The most popular cities in Latin America and the Caribbean included Bogota (6th place), San Jose (7th place), Santo Domingo (8th place), Rio de Janeiro (9th place), and Caracas (10th), followed by Quito, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and Lima.

Santo Domingo is the capital city of the Dominican Republic and is a popular destination for travellers going on holidays to the Dom Rep, due to its historic and cultural heritage amen of the many flight connections available to the country biggest airport.

The city is divided by the Ozama River and boasts old Victorian houses, tree-lined streets, some of the best hotels in the Dominican Republic are here, the city boasts a number of important casinos, historic monuments and tourist attractions such as Columbus's Lighthouse, where the explorer's remains are said to be buried; the open caves of the Parque Nacional Los Tres Ojos; and the Dominican Republic National Aquarium.

if a Dominican Republic holiday is in your sight a visit to Santo Domingo is desireable there you can explore the city’s historical sites such as the Colonial Zone with several examples of 15th and 16th century architecture; beautiful churches, cathedrals and convents including the Iglesia Regina Angelorum and the Convento de los Dominicos; and museums such as Alcázar de Colón, Museum of Duarte, and the Museo del Ron Dominicano which turns into a rum bar after hours.

When tourists have had enough of exploring the capital city during their holidays in the Dominican Republic, they can head to one of the surrounding pristine white sand palm-fringed beaches for relaxation or fun activities in the sparkling turquoise ocean.

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