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March 29, 2011
  • Tourism stays about the same
  • Where the tourists are coming from
  • PUJ continues to lead
  • Why tourists come
  • Toronto Sun reviews Punta Cana
Tourism stays about the same
Travel to the DR in the first two months of the year is almost at the same level as in 2010. So far this year, the Central Bank reports that travel in January was only 1.30% up on 2010, and in February, the number of air passenger arrivals was only 2.99% greater than last year. Total non-resident arrivals for February was 407,615 visitors, or 11,632 more tourists, for a 3.29% increase compared to last year. Total arrivals for the first two months of the year was 817,154 visitors, up 2.14% compared to the same period last year. The variation includes 12,941 more foreign tourists and 4,170 non-resident Dominicans.
Where the tourists are coming from
Tourists from the United States and Canada make up the bulk of travel to the DR with 57.56%. Travel from the US was up by 4,393 travelers during the period while Europeans account for 29.92%. South America has increased its market share with 9.32%. Central America and the Caribbean (primarily Puerto Rico) contributed 2.96%.
The Central Bank highlights the importance of South America as an emerging market. The numbers for Jan-Feb from South America were: Argentina (9,129), Brazil (5,664), Chile (2,714), Colombia (1,834) and Peru (1,010). The South American market was up 41.41% so far this year, with 20,005 more travelers in January-February. This compensates for the 7,407 fewer passengers coming from Europe.
Emerging markets like Russia (5,628 more travelers) and Poland (1,473 travelers) fared better than the European average for the first two months of the year.
PUJ continues to lead
The Punta Cana International Airport continues to be the leading airport for non-resident international arrivals to the DR. Some 452,399 tourists used the terminal, equivalent to 61.70% of total non-resident air arrivals. Las Americas in Santo Domingo followed with 17.40%. Puerto Plata accounted for 11.84%, La Romana 4.09% and Cibao 2.50%. La Isabela in Santo Domingo and El Catey received the remaining 2.47%.
In absolute terms, travel to Punta Cana was up by 38,765 as well as to Las Americas (2,478), but the other airports reported fewer arrivals.
Why tourists come
Recreation is the main reason given by non-resident air arrivals, according to the Central Bank. 94.09% of those polled said they were leisure visitors and 91.35% said they would be staying at hotels.
According to the Central Bank 61.10% of tourists traveling to the DR are 21 to 49 years old and 52.19% are women.
Toronto Sun reviews Punta Cana
Canada is the Dominican Republic's second leading travel market. A review in The Toronto Sun highlights the advantages of the all-inclusive resorts in the area, and singles out the Paradisus Punta Cana for visitors seeking top quality in a resort vacation. "Overall, the Paradisus resorts give you the best of what Punta Cana has to offer: A holiday that can be romantic, family-friendly or focused on well-needed rest and relaxation," writes the author. The article also focuses on tours that visitors can take to places like Macao Beach, Saona Island and Altos de Chavon.

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