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Dominican Republic Honoured as 2013 Top Travel Destination

The Dominican Republic has been recognised as the top travel destination for 2013 by tourism professionals and travellers. The Caribbean island nation was honoured by magazines, publishers and environmental associations for its wide range of tourism offerings, its hospitality, and its variety of experiences for holidaymakers from all over the world.

Dominican Republic Honoured as 2013 Top Travel Destination

The Caribbean is one of the world's leading tourists destinations but one particular island nation was ranked as the World' leading travel destination for 2013.

The Dominican Republic was honoured by travellers, magazines, publishers and tourism professionals for its hospitality, variety of experiences for holidaymakers and wide range of tourism offerings for tourists of all ages from destinations all over the world.

Some of the accolades include Lonely Planet naming the Dominican Republic as one of its "Top 10 Countries for 2013"; Forbes Travel Guide, Startle, listed the country on its "25 Places to Visit in 2013"; and Fodor's Travel named the Samana Peninsula as a "Must-Visit Destination in 2013".

Several Dominican Republic hotels were recognised including Casa de Campo which was awarded membership in Preferred Hotels and Resorts, a luxury hotel collection and brand of Preferred Hotel Group; Leading Hotels of the World (LHW) awarded Tortuga Bay at Puntacana Resort and Club with the Commitment to Quality Award; and Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort in Punta Cana received the Check Safety First (CSF) Award for its high quality standard of operations.

The Dominican Republic is a popular golf destination and the nation was named as the "2013 Golf Destination of the Year in the Caribbean and Latin America" by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) for a second time; La Romana's Casa de Campo was chosen as "The Leading Golf Resort in the World" at the World Travel Awards for the sixth year in a row; and Puntacana Resort and Club and its two championship courses were listed in Celebrated Living Magazine's "Platinum List".

Many of the country's luxury hotels were recognised for their eco-friendly practices including six Iberostar Hotels and Resorts properties that received environmental certification from the Environmental Law Institute. The Puntacana Resort and Club received the Leader in Sustainable Tourism Award at the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International's (HSMAI) Adrian Awards, while Melia Hotels International (MHI) received the EarthCheck Sustainable Tourism Certificate for Paradisus Palma Real, Paradisus Punta Cana and Melia Caribe Tropical properties.

The Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of Hispaniola situated in the Caribbean Sea. The country occupies the eastern two thirds of the island and the remaining third belongs to the nation of Haiti. The country boasts stunning landscapes and natural scenery made up of white sand palm-fringed beaches, turquoise ocean waters, rolling green hills, winding valleys, cascading waterfalls, and majestic mountains.

Popular tourist destinations in the Dominican Republic include Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and its capital, Santo Domingo.

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