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Dominican Republic holidays grow in first 5 months of 2011

Data released by the Central Bank has showed that Dominican Republic holidays have significantly grown during the first five months of the year. This is due mostly to an increasing influx of North American travellers, especially from Canada holidaymakers.

Dominican Republic holidays grow in first 5 months of 2011

Travel to the Dominican Republic for the first five months of 2011 is up by 4.44% compared to 2010 figures. According to data released by the Central Bank, some 1,932,564 non-resident travellers arrived on Dominican Republic holidays during that period. The Central Bank also explained that the increase is primarily due to an increase in arrivals of non-resident foreigners, whose figures are up 5.09%.

The number of total arrivals for the period was 2,115,006, marking an increase of 4.43% when compared to the same period last year. May, usually a slow month, registered as many as 297,788 tourists that came to enjoy Dominican Republic holidays during that period, up 0.26% compared to last year.

From January to May 2011, arrivals by non-resident foreigners were up 82,831 visitors, due to the increase in travellers from South America, up by 48.07%. Also during this period, travel from Argentina (18,432), Brazil (15,463), Chile (5,581), Colombia (3,248) and Peru (2,851) made up the difference of 29,202 in 2010, and 50, 133 from the region for the first five months of 2011.

Travel from North American holidaymakers was also up, increasing from 17, 758 in 2010 to 35,554 in 2011. Travel from Europe was down 880. The decline, nevertheless, was significantly less than the 40,663-person drop experienced in 2010 compared to 2009.
The Dominican Republic's Central Bank reports that 93.51% of the tourists who visited came for recreation and 91.03% stayed in hotels. 63.03% of all tourists who visit are 21 to 49 years old. Of the visitors, 51.07% were women and 48.93% men.

And it seems that these figures have increased mostly thanks to a larger and growing influx of Canadian travellers who flock down to warmer Caribbean climate during the winter season to enjoy beach-perfect holidays in the Dominican Republic.

As it turns out holidays to the Dominican Republic are the third preferred choice of destination for Canadians travelling to the Americas. According to Statistics Canada figures for 2009, the most recent year for which data is available, the neighboring US continues to be the top destination for outward-bound Canadians with about 18 million overnight trips, followed by Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Britain, France, Italy and Germany.

Not surprisingly, outbound travel by Canadians is up, coinciding with the reality that now 60% of Canadians have passports, compared to 36% in March 2005. Canadians are making 13.2% more trips to overseas destinations in the winter season compared to the previous year, as reported in Canwest News Service, and most of these oversea trips are to Dominican Republic holidays or Cuba holidays (Canadian are the number one tourism market source for Cuba).

Lindsay Pearlman, co-president of Ensemble Travel Group, as reported by Canwest News Service explains how Canada is a nation of travellers . "We enjoy travelling, especially abroad, and this reflects who we are: most of our families have come to Canada from afar. In the winter, we want sun - beaches and cruises," Pearlman says.

"Canadians don't travel as much within Canada as our neighbors to the south travel within the US", Gedeon says. "Sadly, I've seen more of the Caribbean than I have of Canada."

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