Tourism continues to grow in the Dominican Republic

Tourism continues to grow in the Dominican Republic

The arrival of international visitors to the Dominican Republic through the country’s seven international airports grew by 5.9% in 2012. The country’s seven international airports received 3.9 million visitors, compared to 3.7 million in 2011. Fifty-five percent of the international visitors were from North America.

This number grew 10.3% in comparison to 2011. To date, the United States is the largest supplier of international tourists to the Dominican Republic. Europe came in second, with 28% of the overall number of visitors. However, overall the European numbers represent a three-percent drop from previous years.

In comparison, South America is the third most important market (11%), but with the highest annual growth (12%). Central America and the Caribbean contributed five percent of all arrivals, registering a four-percent growth.

The main markets were the United States (37.6% of the overall total), representing 1.4 million tourists; Canada (17.5%), with 689,000 tourists and an overall increase of 3.2%; and France (6.2%), with 245,000 tourists.

Rounding out the top 10 markets: Germany, 4.5% of arrivals and 183,000 tourists; Russia, 4.1%, with 163,000 tourists; Spain, 3.9%, with 156,000; Puerto Rico, 2.9%, with 112, 000; Argentina, 2.6%, with 101,000; England, 2.43%, with 95,000, and Italy, 2.3%, with 89,000.

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Other important markets: Brazil, 2.0% and 79,000 tourists; Venezuela, 1.8% and 72,000 tourists; Chile, 1.5%, and 60,000; Colombia, 1.1%, and 44,000; and Peru, 1.0%, with 38,000.

The countries that experienced the highest growth were: Russia (35.1%); Venezuela (36.9%); Peru (27.1%); Chile (21.9%); the United States (14.0%); Colombia (9.7%); Brazil (4.3%); Argentina (3.9%); Canada (3.2%), and Puerto Rico (2.8%).