The Dominican Republic tourism board has indicated that 2003 saw a 19.5 percent surge in tourism arrivals, equating to around 3.2 million travellers. This information is garnered from a Central Bank report. The report also suggests that over half a million Dominican residents now living overseas and making a visit home, were included in the figures.The CB’s account indicates that $3.1 billion was made in total via the leisure industry, $380 million more than in 2002. In 2000 2.9 million visitors were recorded, that was the previous record for the DR.
The Dominican Republic continues to be the leading Caribbean destination with an 18 percent overall growth, followed by Cuba with 13 percent, Jamaica (7 percent) and Puerto Rico (5 percent).