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June 16, 2015
  • Foreign arrivals up 6.5% in May 2015
  • Hotel Jaragua Renaissance reopens after major remodeling
  • Puerto Plata hosts FCCA PAMAC Cruise Summit
  • Puerto Plata highway expansion has begun
Foreign arrivals up 6.5% in May 2015
The Central Bank reports that tourist arrivals in May were up 8.1% compared to the same period in 2014. An additional 31,073 people visited the country, for a total of 416,984 visitors. 85.8% were foreigners, the rest non-resident Dominicans. Foreign tourists showed an increase of 6.5% for 22,005 more arrivals.
Non-resident arrivals are now at 2,378,348 travelers, for an increase of 6.8%. This means 150,762 more travelers compared to January-May 2014. 114,665 were foreign tourists. The Central Bank attributes the increase in arrivals to economic recovery in the US, the main source of tourists visiting the Dominican Republic.
Most tourists arrived via the Punta Cana International Airport with 66.7%, followed by Las Americas in Santo Domingo 16%, Puerto Plata 9.7%, Cibao in Santiago 3.6%, La Romana 2.4% and others 1.6%.
http://www.bancentral.gov.do/publicaciones_economicas/informe_turistico/informe_turistico2015-05.pdf
Hotel Jaragua Renaissance reopens after major remodeling
Marriott's Jaragua Renaissance Hotel on Santo Domingo's Malecon oceanfront boulevard is now open for business after the completion of a US$40 million renovation program. The hotel closed for the renovations in April 2014. The hotel's marketing and sales director Jose Castillo said that rooms are brand new, as are the pool area, spa, restaurant bar and lobby area.
Puerto Plata hosts FCCA PAMAC Cruise Summit
The 2015 FCCA PAMAC Cruise Summit will take place from 24-26 June at the Gran Ventana Hotel in Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata. The city is hosting the event in the lead-up to the opening of the new Carnival Cruise Amber Cove cruise port, which is scheduled for October. More than 100 platinum members of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) are expected to attend the event.
Platinum members pay US$25,000 in annual membership fees and are usually chief executive officers, presidents and executives who decide which products are sold on board and where ships call.
The event has the support of the Ministry of Tourism, the Puerto Plata Chamber of Commerce, and the Puerto Plata Tourism Cluster.
Amber Cove will be the largest cruise terminal in the Caribbean.
Puerto Plata highway expansion has begun
The Ministry of Public Works has begun the expansion of the Maimon-Puerto Plata highway to increase it to four lanes. The highway will improve traffic flow from the new Carnival Cruise Amber Cove cruise ship port to the city of Puerto Plata and other northern tourist attractions. Public Works Minister Gonzalo Castillo says that the Maimon-Navarrete section of the highway will also be extended to four lanes. The cruise port will be inaugurated on 6 October 2015. The expansion will increase road safety and reduce driving time.

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