the Caribbean’s Crown Jewel
While growth is spreading across the entire region, the Caribbean’s unquestioned powerhouse is the Dominican Republic, whose fast-growing visitor arrivals are poised to extend the country’s tourism dominance into the next decade.
Travel to Caribbean destinations grew by 4.2 percent in 2016, outpacing the 3.9 percent global rate reported by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Already the most-visited country among destinations tracked by the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Dominican Republic visitor arrivals surged ahead by 6.7 percent in 2016.
Government officials and tourism stakeholders at last week’s Dominican Annual Travel Exchange (DATE) conference celebrated the tourism sector’s dynamic expansion, noting the Dominican Republic now has the most hotel rooms in the Caribbean and attracts twice as many land-based and cruise ship arrivals as Cuba, the next closest CTO country.
The country’s popularity with North American travelers is evident across the distribution network. The quality of products in the destination is extremely high, and there are very good values for what you’re getting. It’s an outstanding destination with products at an elite level.
Most of the country’s visitor growth is focused in Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic’s main resort district, which features a cutting-edge selection of upscale, all-inclusive resorts. Yet the Dominican Republic’s tourism growth also continued extending last year to Santo Domingo, the historic Dominican capital city.
Post source: http://www.travelpulse.com