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August 21, 2012
  • Travel up 7.2% this year
  • Ocean World gets a big slide
  • Skyblu of LMFAO and Dance Crew
  • Follow the storms in the Caribbean
Travel up 7.2% this year
Travel to the Dominican Republic continues to grow with a 4.81% increase in visitors in July. A total of 453,826 tourists arrived by air, 20,810 more than in the same month last year. 16,863 of them were foreign visitors. The total non-resident Dominican visitors increased by 5.64%, or 3,947 more than last year.
So far this year, from January to July 2012, a total of 2,907,598 visitors arrived by air, up 7.2% compared to the same period last year. This is 171,083 more foreign visitors and 24,208 more non-resident Dominican visitors.
The Central Bank attributes the increase to successful overseas promotion by the Ministry of Tourism and the private sector. The conclusion by Central Bank data analysts is that there is evidence that the recovery in the flow of tourist arrivals has consolidated.
The US market continues to grow and lead as source market, with 141,552 travelers so far this year, despite the economic crisis in the US. Other markets showing growth were Russia, with 28,546 more travelers, and Canada with 21,250 more. The Dominican Republic continues to be a vacation destination of choice for travelers from Venezuela (+10,175), France (+7,483), Argentina (+7,320), Brazil (+7,216), Chile (+ 4,534), Peru (+4,274) and Colombia (+3,790). On the other hand, traditional European markets, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and Spain showed declines in number of travelers this year compared to last year.
Punta Cana continues to be the leading airport, with 61.65% of foreign tourist arrivals, followed by Las Americas (Santo Domingo) with 19.82%, Puerto Plata with 9.51%, Cibao (Santiago) with 4.16% and La Romana with 2.91%.
93.48% of tourists visiting the country come for leisure, and 88.89% stay at hotels. Tourists visiting the Dominican Republic are mostly 21-49 years old, with 63.77% in this age segment.
Ocean World gets a big slide
A new triple twister waterslide opens this weekend at Ocean World Adventure Park in Cofresi, Puerto Plata. The waterslide is next to the park's dolphin lagoon, the largest man-made dolphin lagoon in the world, at around 12 million gallons.
The slides do not end in the lagoon, out of consideration for the animals. They end in a splashy 'landing lane' or 'water brake' nearby.
The waterslide park is scheduled to be operational this weekend, just before the new school year gets fully under way. The slides were manufactured in Mexico and assembled right on site.
From the top of the waterslide tower you get a good view of Playa Cofresi (with the Hacienda Lifestyle Resorts, Cofresi Palms, (formerly Sun Village), which is now running specials for residents.
The cost is an extra RD$300 per day for residents (cedula required) or US$10 for international visitors. Unlimited use is allowed for that day.
To see photos, go to www.dr1.com/forums/north-coast/125890-new-triple-twister-waterslide-ocean-world-adventure-park-2.html
Skyblu of LMFAO and Dance Crew
Marina Sans Souci in Santo Domingo presents Sky Blu and the Party Rock Dance Crew of the world-famous Los Angeles-based duo, LMFAO on 15 September.
The next day, the British group will perform at Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort in Cofresi, Puerto Plata. This is a production by Mynt Entertainment that has brought concerts by leading acts including Aventura, Daddy Yankee, Wisin and Yandel, Marc Anthony, Laura Pausini and Calle 13.
The groupís big hits include Party Rock Anthem that has topped Billboard charts in over 18 countries. Their other hits include Sorry for Party Rocking, Champagne Showers, Sexy and I Know it.
Follow the storms in the Caribbean
Tourists planning to visit during the peak season for hurricanes in the Caribbean would be well advised to monitor the storms. However, for adventurers, experiencing a tropical storm is one of the most outstanding spectacles. And there is always the possibility of the storm moving further south. Nothing in weather forecasting is written in stone. The DR1 Weather & Beyond Forum specifically follows weather as related to the Dominican Republic.
The closest storm to the DR, Tropical Depression #9 is now crossing south of the country and it forecast to bring heavy rainfalls on Friday as the storm passes south of the Dominican Republic. By then it is expected to have become a category 1 Hurricane.
See the last posts at this thread on storms crossing by the Dominican Republic at www.dr1.com/forums/weather-beyond/123903-stormy-season-2012-a.html
For background on storms crossing the Dominican Republic, see http://dr1.com/weather/hurricanes.shtml

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