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Dominican Republic holidays were top choice among travellers in 2012

Recent figures reveal that the Dominican Republic has once again emerged as the regional leader in terms of tourism arrivals. Over 4.6 million travelers booked Dominican Republic holidays in 2012, a statistic which has led to a 6.6 per cent growth in the island's arrivals- two percentage points above the regional and global levels. With new Dominican Republic flights coming on stream in 2013, the island seems to be headed for yet another record-breaking year.

Dominican Republic holidays were top choice among travellers in 2012

Francisco Javier Garcia, the Dominican Republic’s Minister of Tourism has a lot to celebrate as the island’s recently released 2012 tourism figures reveals a 6.6 per cent growth in the number of travellers who booked Dominican Republic holidays when compared to 2011. The figures are particularly impressive in light of the global economic downturn which has affected the tourism industry not only in the Caribbean but across the world. Notably, global tourism only saw a four per cent growth in 2012 while the Caribbean region’s arrivals grew by a modest 4.8 per cent.

These latest figures are indicative of the hard work that was put in by the islands tourism officials along with the many hotels and resorts in the Dominican Republic throughout 2012. Indeed, 2012 is the second consecutive year which has seen the Dominican Republic best its regional peers in terms of arrivals with over 4.6 million travelers choosing holidays in the Dominican Republic for their fix of sun, sea and sand in 2012. Mr Garcia stated the following of the Dominican Republic’s achievement, “With this growth, more than two percentage points higher than the global and the Caribbean tourism, we again demonstrated the great year we achieved in the Dominican Republic”

The island’s tourism industry can take heart from the latest figures as it is not only an honor to be known as the leader in the Caribbean- a region which is arguably the world’s most popular holiday destination- but it is also an encouraging sign that the Dominican Republic can achieve its ambitious long term goal of 10 million visitors by the year 2022.

With a number of new direct flights to the Dominican Republic launching this year, Mr Garcia has expressed optimism that the island can exceed five million visitors by the end of 2013. One airline that will certainly be making its contribution to arrivals in the Dominican Republic in 2013 is Air Europe. Following Iberia’s announcement that as of 1st April 2013 it would no longer operate the Madrid-Santo Domingo route, Air Europe agreed to pick up the slack by doubling the connections to the Caribbean island. As of April 2013, travelers planning their Dominican Republic holidays can choose from 14 weekly flights to Santo Domingo from Madrid’s Barajas airport and seven weekly flights from Madrid to the Dominican Republic’s popular Punta Cana district.

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