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Dominican Republic continues to see rise in tourism numbers in 2018

The tourism industry in the Dominican Republic looks set for another record-breaking year, according to recent figures from the country's Deputy Minister of Tourism. Fausto Fernandez said that visitor arrivals in the first four months of 2018 have increased by 7.7 percent compared to the same period in 2017. Last year, the Caribbean nation received a record 6.18 million visitors, which was a growth of 3.9 percent compared to 2016.

Dominican Republic continues to see rise in tourism numbers in 2018

The Dominican Republic looks set for another record-breaking year in tourism numbers, following new figures released. According to the nation’s country's deputy minister of tourism, Fausto Fernandez, the country has received a 7.7 percent increase in visitor in the first four months of 2018.

Last year, the Dominican Republic received a record-breaking 6.18 million visitors, which was a 3.9 percent increase compared to 2016. The main source market for the country’s tourism was the United States, which made up more than two million of the Caribbean nation’s total visitors.

"The first quarter of 2018 has reported stronger than ever numbers, with a 7.7% growth, one of the highest year-on-year growths on record."

Stated Mr Fernandez.

The country’s strongest hotel occupancy rates were in main tourist destinations including Puerto Plata, La Romana, Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, Boca Chica, Samana, and Santiago. This was helped by a number of new hotel rooms that opened in 2017, and another 15,000 rooms will be added to hotels in the Dominican Republic this year.

The number of cruise arrivals has also increased, and one of the most popular ports is the Amber Cove Cruise port in Maimon near Puerto Plata. The port opened to cruise ships in 2015, and now receives an average of 15,000 weekly visitors.

The recent figures showed that many tourists were visiting destinations away from the beaches and their hotels. The number of travellers visiting Saona Island from Punta Cana reached more than 700,000 last year, while visitors to the capital of Santo Domingo exceeded 680,000. The capital is a historic city divided by the Ozama River, and home to Victorian buildings. The city’s historic monuments and attractions include Columbus's Lighthouse, and the well-preserved 15th and 16th century architecture, such as Iglesia Regina Angelorum and the Convento de Los Dominicos.

The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern half of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. The nation is a leading destination for families, couples, and adventure lovers, and it boasts a tropical climate and environment. One of the most popular regions is Punta Cana on the eastern edge, which is home to white sand, palm-lined beaches and turquoise water. The area is bursting with a range of luxury and affordable hotels and resorts that cater for adults and families.

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