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November 17, 2015
  • Record year expected for tourism in DR
  • DR resorts take first three places on TripAdvisor AI list
  • Xterra Dominican Republic 2016 Triathlon
  • 8,000 tourists in Puerto Plata for the day
  • Juan Luis Guerra at Altos de Chavon
Record year expected for tourism in DR
The Dominican Republic is on its way to a record year for tourist arrivals. The forecast is for 2015 to end with the arrival of more than 5.6 million tourists.
The Central Bank reports that in October, travel was up 14.5%, after a peak 16.7% in September. Travel over the past 12 months is up 14.9% overall.
The Central Bank reports that 4,592,854 passengers, including foreigners and non-resident visitors, arrived by air. A total of 378,090 more travelers have visited so far this year compared to 2014, or 9% more.
Of the total increase, 79.7% (301,255 passengers) were foreign tourists while 20.3% were non-resident Dominicans (76,835).
The Central Bank attributes the increase to improvements in source country economies, as well tourism promotion work by the Dominican government and private sector. Recent deals with tour operators and increases in flight capacity can also take part of the credit, says the Central Bank.
The leading source markets are the United States and Canada, with a 10.1% increase in travelers. Travel is also up significantly from South America, with 23.6%.
Travel from Europe is down, due to declines in Russian arrivals. Nevertheless, some speculate that fears of terrorism in Egypt could divert many Russian tourists to the Dominican Republic, reversing the negative trend.
The Central Bank reports that Punta Cana International Airport, the main access airport for tourists headed to the Punta Cana beach resorts, received 66.3% of all tourists, with a 9.8% increase. This was followed by Las Americas International in Santo Domingo with 18.4% and Puerto Plata's Gregorio Luperon International Airport with 7.7%.
DR resorts take first three places on TripAdvisor AI list
Two hotels in Punta Cana and another in Samana are ranked in first, second and third places on TripAdvisor's Top 25 list of All-inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean. The top three resorts are Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Collection on the island of Cayo Levantado in Samana, The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana and Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro in Punta Cana.
The other Dominican properties that made the list are:
Zoetry Agua Punta Cana, Alsol Luxury Village and Paradisus Palma Real (Punta Cana) and Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus (Bayahibe).
Cuba and Jamaica also placed six resorts each on the list.
Cuba's six are two in Cayo Santa Maria, one in Cayo Coco, one in Holguin and two in Varadero.
Jamaica's six are one in Rose Hall, two in Ocho Rios, two in Montego Bay, and one in Negril.
St. Lucia makes the list with two all-inclusive resorts, one in Castries and another in Gros Islet.
Turks & Caicos (Providenciales), Antigua (St. John's), and Grenada (Grand Anse) each have one all-inclusive resort on the Trip Advisor Top 25 list.
Xterra Dominican Republic 2016 Triathlon
As part of the Xterra Dominican Republic 2016 Triathlon, there will be Trail Run competitions in Samana (12 March 2016), Puerto Plata (21 May 2016) and Barahona (30 July 2016). There will be off Road Tri in Samana (13 March), Puerto Plata (22 May) and Barahona (31 July).
The Off Road Tri will be run in the 1) Sprint modality with a 50-meter swim, 15 km on mountain bike and 5km trail run; 2) Olympic modality with 1,500-meter swim, 30 km on mountain bike and 5, 10 and 21km trail run.
The event begins in March in Samana, continuing to Puerto Plata in May and Barahona in July, finishing at Casa Bonita. There is cash prize money of US$15,000.
The organizers say that in subsequent years different country destinations will be chosen.
The event is sponsored by the Body Shop Athletic Club in Santo Domingo, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Sports, the Dominican Republic Hotels & Tourism Association (Asonahores), Cicom, and the tourism clusters of the provinces of Barahona, Puerto Plata and Samana.
The competition is affiliated with the Xterra Planet races. The website for the event is
8,000 tourists in Puerto Plata for the day
Last Tuesday, 10 November 2015 nearly 8,000 tourists arrived at the Amber Cove Cruise Center in Maimon in the province of Puerto Plata when two Carnival cruise ships docked on the same day.
The Splendor, which came from Miami has a capacity for 3,000 passengers and 1,200 crewmembers on board. The Carnival Valor, coming from New York, has 2,980 passengers and 1,180 crewmembers.
This was the first time that two cruise ships have docked at Amber Cove together. The ships arrived in time for the early morning tours and the tourists left by 4pm.
Juan Luis Guerra at Altos de Chavon
Dominican singing-songwriting superstar Juan Luis Guerra is booked for a concert at Altos de Chavon amphitheatre in La Romana on Wednesday, 30 December 2015, just in time for the New Year celebrations. Casa de Campo is offering special packages for concertgoers who are also interested in a hotel or villa stay. Tickets are for sale from Casa de Campo.

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