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Travel and tourism in the Dominican Republic – statistics & facts

Located on the Hispaniola island, the Dominican Republic is bound to the west by Haiti and is otherwise surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. It is the second-largest Caribbean country and the third most populated. Most notably, the Dominican Republic is one of the main drivers for tourism in the region, representing over 20 percent of the sector’s contribution to the Caribbean gross domestic product.

Dominican tourism businesses rely heavily on annual international visitors. Throughout the past decade, the expenditures by inbound tourists rose steadily, reaching nearly eight billion U.S. dollars in 2019. However, as in almost every country affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a heavy drop for the international tourism expenditure in the Dominican Republic took place in 2020. The backslide should not last long though, as this sector is expected to not only survive, but thrive again by the mid-2020s.

Punta Cana

Mostly known for its tropical weather and white sand beaches, the largest share of visitors in the Dominican Republic are looking for sunny, relaxing vacations. The top hotspot for this type of tourism is Punta Cana, located on the far eastern point of the island. In 2020, Punta Cana International Airport received around 940 thousand inbound passenger arrivals, which is nearly 2.5 times the air passenger volume registered in Las Américas, the second most important international airport in the Caribbean country. Consequently, the Punta Cana area also holds one of the highest occupancy rates among major Dominican tourist destinations.

Cruise tourism

With the Caribbean accounting for approximately one-third of the global cruise ship market, the Dominican Republic has also profited from this type of tourism, especially in recent years. In 2016, the country experienced a rise of approximately 53 percent in the number of tourist arrivals by sea. This trend continued the following year, when the one-million-arrival mark was hit for the first time. By the end of the past decade, over 300 cruise ships and more than 200 yachts anchored each year in Dominican ports.

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Travel and tourism in the Dominican Republic – statistics & facts

Located on the Hispaniola island, the Dominican Republic is bound to the west by Haiti and is otherwise surrounded by the Caribbean Sea. It is the second-largest Caribbean country and the third most populated. Most notably, the Dominican Republic is one of the main drivers for tourism in the region, representing over 20 percent of the sector’s contribution to the Caribbean gross domestic product.

Dominican tourism businesses rely heavily on annual international visitors. Throughout the past decade, the expenditures by inbound tourists rose steadily, reaching nearly eight billion U.S. dollars in 2019. However, as in almost every country affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a heavy drop for the international tourism expenditure in the Dominican Republic took place in 2020. The backslide should not last long though, as this sector is expected to not only survive, but thrive again by the mid-2020s.

Punta Cana

Mostly known for its tropical weather and white sand beaches, the largest share of visitors in the Dominican Republic are looking for sunny, relaxing vacations. The top hotspot for this type of tourism is Punta Cana, located on the far eastern point of the island. In 2020, Punta Cana International Airport received around 940 thousand inbound passenger arrivals, which is nearly 2.5 times the air passenger volume registered in Las Américas, the second most important international airport in the Caribbean country. Consequently, the Punta Cana area also holds one of the highest occupancy rates among major Dominican tourist destinations.

Cruise tourism

With the Caribbean accounting for approximately one-third of the global cruise ship market, the Dominican Republic has also profited from this type of tourism, especially in recent years. In 2016, the country experienced a rise of approximately 53 percent in the number of tourist arrivals by sea. This trend continued the following year, when the one-million-arrival mark was hit for the first time. By the end of the past decade, over 300 cruise ships and more than 200 yachts anchored each year in Dominican ports.

Interesting statistics

In the following 5 chapters, you will quickly find the 28 most important statistics relating to "Travel and tourism in the Dominican Republic".

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