May 07, 2014
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Dominican Republic continues to capitalize on its already impressive tourism developments as it received a record 4.7 million visitors in 2013, a growth of 3.6 percent. The 2014 Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) at the Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana recognized these efforts in front of the country's tourism sector and more than 100 international buyers and suppliers.
The Ministry of Tourism highlighted Dominican Republic's successful tourism year and confirmed that the United States was the largest source of visitor growth. The United States accounted for 1.6 million travelers in 2013, 40 percent of the country's visitor contingent, followed by Canada, France, Russia and Germany, which also proved to be strong markets.
"Our strategic investment in new tourism products and infrastructure throughout the country has created more efficient ways of traveling within the country, allowing easy access to the many diverse regions of the country," said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. "We continue to monitor tourism trends and develop tourism assets that appeal to our visitors so we can maintain the growth rate and surpass these numbers in 2014."
Highlighted tourism developments announced included:
2014 Meetings and Incentives Strategy – The meetings and incentives division of the Ministry of Tourism is committed to furthering the development of the country's meetings and incentives offerings, including a new convention center in Santo Domingo. The Ministry of Tourism will create an incentive program to attract more events that target convention and conference organizers. The program will be based on the number of attendees (300 to 600 people and 600 to 1,000 people) and will include benefits such as airfare, accommodations, sponsorship of opening and closing ceremonies, and more.