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Tourism Numbers in Dominican Republic increase by 8.5 per cent in January 2016

The Dominican Republic has recorded an increase in visitors through its international airports in January, 2016. The number of tourists who arrived to the Caribbean country in January totalled 456,000, which was an 8.5 per cent increase compared to the same month in 2015. The majority of visitors originated from the United States, Canada, Germany and Great Britain.

Tourism Numbers in Dominican Republic increase by 8.5 per cent in January 2016

The Dominican Republic recorded an 8.5 per cent increase in international travellers during January, 2016.

The Caribbean island nation recorded 456,000 international tourists through its airports in January, with the majority originating from the United States, Canada, Germany and Great Britain.

The total number of U.S travellers increased to 147,000, which is an increase of 8.2 per cent compared to the same month last year.

This was followed by Canada with 115, 000 visitors (9.5 per cent increase), and Germany with 25,000 arrivals (3.4 increase). Great Britain recorded a 4.8 per cent increase, Argentina 26 per cent, Colombia 50 per cent, and Venezuela 69 per cent.

The Dominican Republic is a country situated on the tropical island of Hispaniola located 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 was discovered by explorer Christopher Columbus in 1492, and it has since become a popular tourist destination with more than hundreds of thousands of British tourists visiting a year.

Home to the world’s first Whale Sanctuary, the nation is a leader in eco-tourism and there are established protection zones for more than 20 per cent of its stunning coastal and land areas.

The country is home to breathtaking landscapes and natural scenery, including white sand beaches fringed with palm trees; sapphire ocean waters; rolling green hills and winding valleys; rivers, lakes and cascading waterfalls; and majestic mountains.

Popular tourist destinations include Bavaro and Punta Cana, where tourists can enjoy championship golf courses, beachfront resorts, luxury spas, and miles of pristine beaches.

Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic, and a UNESCO world heritage site that is divided by the Ozama River. Steeped in history, the city boasts old Victorian houses, tree-lined streets, and bustling casinos. Holidaymakers can visit historic monuments and attractions such as Columbus's Lighthouse, where the famous explorer's remains are buried; the open caves of the Parque Nacional Los Tres Ojos; and the National Aquarium.

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