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Dominican Republic records growth in tourism arrivals in 2018

The tourism industry in the Dominican Republic is recording strong growth in 2018, according to figures released by the nation's Central Bank. The number of tourist arrivals visiting the Caribbean country in the first eight months of 2018 is up by 5.5 percent compared to the same period last year, with North American travellers continuing to be the main source market.

Dominican Republic records growth in tourism arrivals in 2018

The Dominican Republic is recording strong tourism numbers this year, according to figures released by the Dominican Republic Central Bank. In the first eight months of 2018, the country welcomed a 5.5 percent increase in tourists compared to the same period in 2017.

A total of 4,644 million international tourists visited the Dominican Republic in the first eight months of 2018. This was an increase of 243,925 tourists compared to last year. In August alone, 537,575 arrivals, which is a 3.2 percent rise compared to August in 2017.

Travellers from North America continued to be the main source market for Caribbean nation. They accounted for nearly 61 percent of all tourist arrivals, and this was followed by Europe at 22.4 percent.

Just under 70 percent of international tourists arrived to the Dominican Republic via Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ). The popular Punta Cana region sits on the eastern edge of the island nation, and is home to powder-soft white sand, palm-lined beaches, turquoise water and lagoons, and dense jungles. The area is bursting with a range of luxury and affordable hotels and resorts that cater for adults, groups and families. Holidaymakers can visit the award-winning Bavaro Beach which boasts a tranquil shallow lagoon that is protected by a barrier reef.

The Dominican Republic is a leading tourist destination in the Caribbean, and hotspot for families, couples and adventure lovers. Last year, the nation received a record-breaking 6.18 million visitors, which was a 3.9 percent increase compared to 2016.

The capital of the Dominican Republic is Santo Domingo, a historic colonial city. Divided by the Ozama River, the city boasts beautiful Victorian buildings and architecture. Tourists can visit a collection of fascinating historic monuments and attractions, including Columbus's Lighthouse. Examples of well-preserved 15th and 16th century architecture include Iglesia Regina Angelorum and the "Convento de los Dominicos".

Another popular tourist destination in this beautiful country is Puerto Plata on the north coast. Holidaymakers are drawn by its pristine sweeping beaches, and the town’s historic 16th-century Fortaleza San Felipe is a main attraction. Holidaymakers can play golf, go shopping in bustling local markets, visit museums and historic monuments, and take part in fun water sports such as snorkelling, sailing, fishing, kayaking and scuba diving.

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