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Travel and Tourism - Dominican Republic - May 2012

Since it first embraced tourism in the early 1970s, the Dominican Republic has become synonymous with affordable all-inclusive holidays. This tourism model has served the country well and arrivals figures have remained buoyant in recent years when world tourism has been grappling with the global economic slowdown. However, the Dominican Republic has also had to contend with its own unique problems, chiefly the knock-on effects of the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010 and the introduction of cholera into the country later that year. In 2011, the Dominican Republic nevertheless welcomed a record number of international tourists – growth that was fuelled largely by a significant increase in arrivals from South America. Many South American countries have benefited from solid economic growth and favourable exchange rates in recent years. In tourism terms this has translated into higher consumer confidence and a higher propensity for outbound travel, including travel to the Dominican Republic.

In recent years, tourism officials have tried to court more high-yield visitors through the construction of increasingly upscale hotels and resorts as well as real estate for tourists. A great deal of this development has occurred around Punta Cana in the east of the country – development that some analysts believe has occurred at the expense of Puerto Plata and its satellite resorts on the country’s northern coast. Despite the general increase in inbound tourists to the Dominican Republic, there has been a dramatic post-2005 decline in arrivals to the north.

This report provides insight into:

  • Tourist arrivals - overnights and expenditure
  • Purpose of visit - business, leisure or VFR
  • Accommodation supply - operating performance
  • Tourism policy - management
  • Transport - access and infrastructure
  • Tourism funding - promotion and future development

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Table of contents

  1. Dominican Republic: Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

              • Beaches
                • Amber Coast
                  • Punta Cana
                    • Samaná Peninsula
                      • Beyond the beach
                        • Santo Domingo
                          • Tours and attractions
                            • Ecotourism
                              • Adventure sports
                              • Tourism and the Economy

                                  • Figure 1: Travel and tourism’s direct contribution to GDP, 2006-12
                                  • Figure 2: Visitor exports, 2006-12
                                  • Figure 3: Tourism earnings in the Dominican Republic, 2006-12
                                  • Figure 4: Tourism employment in the Dominican Republic, 2006-12
                              • Arrivals

                                  • International
                                    • Figure 5: Arrivals to the Dominican Republic, 2006-12
                                    • Figure 6: International arrivals to the Dominican Republic by region of origin, 2006-12
                                  • Core markets
                                    • Figure 7: International arrivals to the Dominican Republic by country of origin, 2006-12
                                  • Emerging markets
                                    • Figure 8: South American arrivals to the Dominican Republic by country of origin, 2006-12
                                    • Figure 9: Asian arrivals to the Dominican Republic by country of origin, 2006-12
                                  • Domestic
                                  • Market Characteristics

                                    • International
                                      • Purpose of visit
                                        • Figure 10: International arrivals by purpose of visit, 2006-12
                                      • Seasonality
                                        • Figure 11: International arrivals by month, 2006-12
                                        • Figure 12: International arrivals by month, in %, 2006-12
                                      • Length of stay
                                        • Figure 13: Average length of stay and expenditure by international tourists, 2006-12
                                      • Domestic
                                        • Purpose of visit
                                          • Figure 14: Domestic air travel by purpose of visit, 2006-12
                                        • Seasonality
                                          • Figure 15: Domestic air travel by month, 2006-12
                                          • Figure 16: Domestic air travel by month, in %, 2006-12
                                        • Length of stay
                                          • Figure 17: Average length of stay of domestic tourists, 2006-12
                                      • Transport

                                          • Air
                                            • Figure 18: Number of international scheduled flights, 2006-12
                                            • Figure 19: Number of passengers on scheduled international flights, 2006-12
                                            • Figure 20: Number of international charter flights, 2006-12
                                            • Figure 21: Number of passengers on international charter flights, 2006-12
                                          • Road
                                            • Rail
                                              • Sea
                                                • Figure 22: Maritime arrivals to the Dominican Republic, 2006-12
                                            • Accommodation

                                                • Figure 23: Hotel occupancy rates in the Dominican Republic, 2005-12
                                              • Hotel news
                                                • Real-estate tourism
                                                • Tourism News

                                                  • What Next?

                                                        • Figure 24: International arrivals forecast for the Dominican Republic, 2012-22

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                                                    Travel and Tourism - Dominican Republic - May 2012

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