There’s no secret concerning the popularity of the Dominican Republic, the undeniable master of Caribbean tourism and the region’s most gone to country in 2013.
For beginners, its resort stock stands well over 60,000 rooms in all groups, from budget plan residential properties to extraordinary resorts, with additional than 2,467 spaces in advancement by established brands and new landings; its seven international flight terminals offer major service providers from numerous gateways in the U.S. and abroad; its topography consists of 16 national forests, lavish forests and 1,000 miles of beaches; and its 28 greens carry developer names and work as places for top-rated tournaments.
The D.R. has merengue songs, greater than 40 brands of stogies, smooth rums, amber that can be purchased as souvenirs and ogled in a galleries in Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata, top-rated galleries, coffee expanded from beans in lavish hill areas, indigenous settlements, baseball and a capital city with the first cathedral in the Americas and the newest (and only) subway system in the Caribbean.
The Dominican Republic inhabits two-thirds of the land mass that comprises the isle of Hispaniola, with Haiti occupying the western 3rd of the isle.One island is the home of 2 extremely various nations.
Hispaniola, the name provided by Christopher Columbus in 1492, is the second-largest isle in the Caribbean after Cuba and the most populated island in the Western Half.
It exists southeast of Cuba, west of Puerto Rico near the leading of the Lesser Antilles island chain, which curves like a pearl necklace south to Trinidad and Tobago.
Haiti, maybe the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and still having a hard time to recuperate from the quake that devastated it in January 2010, is slowly making inroads into tourist as it starts to attract some major hotel brand names, consisting of Marriott, Finest Western, Hilton and Occidental.
JetBlue, Delta and American serve Haiti’s Toussaint Louvertre Flight terminal in Port-au-Prince from U.S. entrances.
Air landings in Haiti topped 300,000 in 2013, baseding on numbers from the Caribbean Tourism Company, and boat trip travelers amounted to 643,000 last year, the bulk of them disembarking at Labadee, the personal hotel port in the north that is rented to Royal Caribbean International.
But venture eastern into the Dominican Republic and it’s a much various image.
The D.R. invited 4.7 million vacationers in 2013, trailed by Cuba with 2.8 million site visitors and Jamaica with 2 million. It surpassed all isles in the region, continuing an upward fad of numerous years.D.R. Tourism Priest Francisco Javier Garcia called 2013 “a remarkable year,” including, “Our visitor numbers increased by 3.6 % over 2012, compared to the whole Caribbean area, which grew by only 1 %.”
Year-round, resort tenancy averaged 87.3 %, “among the greatest prices in the last few years,” based in on Garcia. He attributed the high occupancy in component to the rehabilitation of the European economic situation, specifically the German market, which registered a 16 % growth in landings in 2013.
The country has actually set a target of 10 million yearly site visitors within the years, and Garcia foretasted an 8 % growth in complete landings by the end of 2014.
That prediction can well be fulfilled. Visitor landings for the very first 2 months of this year were 6 % over reader digits for the same period in 2012.
The U.S. stood for the biggest source market at 1.6 million site visitors, up 9 % over 2012, complied with by Canada’s 685,000 site visitors. The Northern American market created 56 % of all travelers arriving in the D.R.
Luis Emilio Rodriguez, head of state of the D.R.’s National Hotel & & Tourist Association (Asonahores), claimed, “Tourism in the Dominican Republic is at its finest moment.” At the current Dominican Annual Tourist Exchange field occasion in Punta Cana, he highlighted a tax reward legislation that supplies a 15-year exemption to companies taken part in tourism development, including resorts, destinations and tourist-related tasks.
The regulation likewise offers tax motivations to existing resorts and hotels that have been in procedure for a minimum of five years. An ONE HUNDRED % tax exemption is available to already existing hotels and resorts that are at the very least 15 years aged and remodel or reconstruct greater than FIFTY % of their properties.
“Santo Domingo will certainly go to the top level of Latin American cities in a couple of brief years,” Garcia forecasts, describing the significant city renewal task underway within Colonial City, the historical main area of Santo Domingo and the oldest long-term European settlement of the New World.
Component of the growth is the outcome of significant investments in the country’s infrastructure.
Santo Domingo now can be gotten to from Punta Cana in a two-hour drive, many thanks to a brand-new motorway linking the D.R.’s two most vital locations. The mass of tourists fly into the east coast seaside locations.Since March, the Punta Cana Airport terminal, the second-busiest in the Caribbean (San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin is No. 1), was stating a THIRTEEN % rise in travelers given that January. Near to 65 % of all visitors arrive through that airport, which dealt with 2.5 million readers in 2013.
On the north coastline, Puerto Plata has actually taken steps to determine brand-new cultural destinations and make them offered to vacationers. Among them will be boat trip readers that will certainly get off at Carnival Trip Lines’ new $65 million Amber Nook Cruise Facility along the Bay of Maimon near Puerto Plata when it opens up in 2015.
The Santiago bypass, an additional roadway project, has reduced driving time from Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata by 30 minutes, and job soon will start on a brand-new connection, reducing the trip even more.
“The country is going in the appropriate instructions. There is additional work to do, however work is underway,” Garcia claimed.
The 2014 advertising and marketing campaign, “Dominican Republic Has Everything,” trumpets the country’s resort on the eastern coast, mostly Punta Cana, and highlights roadways less traveled in the interior and along the south coast, west of the resources.
Magaly Toribo, advertising advisory to the Ministry of Tourist, explained the D.R. as “a varied location that prides itself on providing extraordinary travels to vacationers of differing passions. The campaign attracts first-time readers as well as return customers to check out a new location of the nation, as each region supplies an experience like nothing else.”In addition to the advertising spin, a number of benefits are pointed out for the success of the D.R. as an earnings manufacturer and for the high level of customer satisfaction articulated by tour operators, hoteliers and agents.
For Jack Richards, head of state and CEO of Pleasant Holidays, the Dominican Republic “is an outstanding exotic haven that provides everything tourists want in a picturesque island getaway: gorgeous seasides; exciting water sports; exquisite dining; active night life; and elegant, yet economical hotels that are destinations in themselves.”
The D.R. additionally is easily accessible. A recent expansion at the independently owned Punta Cana Flight terminal has allowed greater airlift, and improved highways “make obtaining to the playground a breeze,” Richards mentioned.
The Dominican Republic has been Pleasant Holidays’ most popular Caribbean destination in regards to income and digit of guests for 2 years straight.
“We continuously see significant development in reservations,” Richards mentioned. “Significant renovations to the country’s facilities resonate well with tourists. The location is big, supplying several yet-to-be-discovered regions that could possibly profit from further advancement,” he said.
The D.R. is additionally No. 1 in task alternatives, especially golf. The nation supplies a remarkable option of difficult courses created by the most significant names in training course architecture.
Richards mentioned Casa de Campo’s 3 champion training courses developed by Pete Dye, consisting of the notorious Teeth of the Dog, whose coast-hugging eco-friendlies are as aesthetically spectacular as they are difficult.
But visitors certainly do not have to play golf to adore the location. What makes the D.R. such a standout amongst Caribbean islands is that it’s a location for every person, whatever their passions, ages or spending plans.
“Our collection has homes to match all tourists’ needs,” Richards claimed, “from five-star spa consider adults-only homes and all-inclusive that are excellent for destination wedding celebrations and love getaways as well as offering comfortable three-star hotels ideal for family members.”
The business continuities expand its Punta Cana portfolio with the current additions of Breathless Punta Cana, Sivory Punta Cana Boutique Resort and the Westin Puntacana Resort & & Club. Journese, Pleasant Holidays’ high-end brand, included Eden Roc at Cap Cana.
AMResorts currently has 7 homes in the D.R., including Breathless Punta Cana Hotel & & Day spa, the first resort in its newest brand.
AMResorts President Gonzalo del Peon called the D.R. “a key destination for us.”
“With the addition of this resort, travel brokers have 5 different AMResorts brand names in the Dominican Republic to offer their clients,” del Peon shared. “We are committed to checking out extra growth chances. Our partners have consistently felt that the country offers a solid financial investment opportunity, and our guests adore its beaches and varied geography.”
Jeff Mullen, president of Apple Vacations, declared that Apple “does much more quantity to the Dominican Republic compared to any type of driver in the world, with 850 Special Holiday Trips each year, including service to La Romana and Samana.”
Apple’s company to the D.R. proceeds to increase at a price of as much as 14 %, year over year. The factor, shared Mullen, is that “the location supplies extraordinary worth with an increasing digit of alternatives for inexpensive luxury.”
Furthermore, Expedia states that the Dominican Republic is its leading market in the Caribbean and that Punta Cana is leading among all locations in the area.
Expedia’s demand for the D.R. increased 33 % in 2013, with the leading source markets continuously be the U.S., Canada, France, Brazil, Italy and the U. K, as indicating by Expedia’s Demetrius Canton, director of market administration in the Caribbean.