April 12, 2005
  • Get those passports
  • First quarter tourism stats
  • Where the tourists came from
  • Delta flights to Santiago
Get those passports
US citizens will soon need passports to re-enter the US from the Dominican Republic. The program “The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative” is phasing in the requirement for all US travelers to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. Under current regulations, a birth certificate and driver’s license would suffice for travel to the Dominican Republic. This changes at the end of this year. The passport rule will be imposed on air and sea travel to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda and Central and South America on 31 December 2005, and will be extended to Canada and Mexico on 31 December 2006.
First quarter tourism stats
The Central Bank first quarter tourism stats show non-resident travel to the country was up 8%. Non-resident arrivals increased from 961,213 inbound air arrivals to 1,038,388 from January to March 2005. Punta Cana continued to be the airport with most foreign arrivals, with 413,969 non-resident travelers coming during the first three months of the year. Traffic to Punta Cana was up 4% this year. Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International Airport (primarily serving Santo Domingo, Boca Chica and Juan Dolio tourism) showed a 12% increase, going from 212,047 non-resident arrivals in 2004 to 237,629 non-resident arrivals in 2005.
Traffic to Puerto Plata, nevertheless, slightly decreased, going from 237,629 during the first quarter in 2004 to 218,491 for the same period in 2005, or a 2% decline.
La Romana did well with an increase in 12,425 non-resident arrivals, or 91,758 passengers, up from 79,333 in the previous year.
Santiago’s Cibao International Airport posted the greatest increase, 15.6%. Non-resident arrivals to that airport increased from 50,136 in the first quarter of 2004 to 79,513 for the same period in 2005.
Where the tourists came from
US tourists lead the way in arrivals during the first three months of the year, with 270,895 Americans, or 11% more than the 243,264 Americans that came in 2004. Traffic from Canada declined 3%, going from 224,145 travelers in 2004 to 216,415 for the first quarter in 2005. Forty-four more Venezuelans came than last year, for an increase from 5,677 in 2004 to 8,179 for the first three months in 2005. Nevertheless, less Puerto Ricans visited, going from 5,835 in 2004 to 5,178 in 2005.
From Europe, France lead with 109,639 French travelers, up 1.5% over 2004’s 107,990. Some 70,510 Germans visited in 2005, up 16.5% over last year’s 60,484. 1.7% more Spaniards came this year than last, or 44,537 compared to 43,792 in 2004. 7.1% more Italians visited, or 41,487 up from 38,720. From the United Kingdom, traffic was up 2%, with 40,135 arrivals, compared to 39,334 for the first quarter in 2004. Dutch tourists declined, going from 13,532 in 2004 to 12,098 in 2005, or a 10.5% decrease. Likewise, travel from Switzerland also dropped, this time 11%, going from 11,651 in 2004 to 10,373 so far this year. Swedish tourism was up, though, with 6,275 arrivals compared to 4,376 in 2005, for a healthy 43% increase.
Delta flights to Santiago
Delta is scheduled to begin service to Santiago’s Cibao International Airport, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, starting 1 May. Delta will be adding the flight from John F. Kennedy in New York. It already flies from JFK to Santo Domingo’s Las Americas International Airport.
“We listened carefully to our customers in New York and the Dominican Republic, and are pleased to deliver new service to Santiago – a key city for Dominicans,” said James Sarvis, director-Latin America and Caribbean. “Delta’s flights from JFK to Santiago and Santo Domingo will provide an important and direct bridge for vacation and business travel.”
The Delta flight will depart JFK at 6:20 am, arriving Santiago at 9:57 am. The return flight departs Santiago at 11:20 am, arriving JFK at 2:55 pm.

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