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Travel in the Dominican Republic is up

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Travel to the DR was up 13% in March compared to the same month last year. And it’s the Americans who are coming: 60% of foreigners are coming from the US. Through March, 33,777 more US tourists visited, compared to the first three months last year. This is more significant because the US is still recovering from the financial crisis.

Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia says he is proud that travel to the DR has been up over every month since September, reflecting a recovery from 2009 numbers that had leveled out on those of 2008. Javier Garcia says statistics show a 3.5% growth so far this year. The Minister added that these figures show that the DR is consolidating itself as a preferred destination for travelers from the Caribbean and also from Latin America.

Travel to the DR from January to April 2010 is only 41,319 tourists short of the peak 2008 level. Stats for tourist arrivals from January to April 2010 were 1,553,393, a 2.3% increase over the 1,518,210 tourist arrivals for the same period in 2009, or 35,183 non-resident travelers. These numbers include 1,380,759 foreign tourists and 172,634 non-resident Dominicans. They reflect the drop in traffic from Europe, due to the Icelandic volcano eruption crisis at the end of April. South America continues to send more travelers, with arrivals coming from Argentina, Puerto Rico, Chile, Brazil and Venezuela.

Punta Cana International Airport is still the main airport for air arrivals, with 58.33% of the tourists who visited during the first quarter of the year coming through that airport, or 805,323 tourists. Las Ame ricas (Santo Domingo) was second with 17.62%, followed by Puerto Plata with 13.78%, La Romana with 4.15%. Together, Cibao, La Isabela and Catey in Samana reported 6.12%.

The Central Bank reports that 63.27% of travelers to the DR are 21 to 49 years old, 53.61% are women.

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