2012 was a good year for Dominican tourism

More than 4.6 million visitors came to the country

Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia on Tuesday said more than 4.6 million visitors came to the country in 2012, and predicted continued growth for 2013. He said the country is on the path to reach president Danilo Medina’s proposed goal of 10 million tourists for the next 10 years.

Garcia said tourism grew 6.6 percent, beating forecasts for the country and the region and much of the world, despite the global crisis.

He said Dominican Republic’s tourism growth paced the world’s 4% and the Caribbean’s 4.8%. “With this growth, more than two percentage points higher than the global and the Caribbean tourism, we again demonstrated the great year we achieved in the Dominican Republic”.

The official said the more than 4.6 million tourists hold the projected goal of 10 million by 2022 on track.

Garcia said the country has the highest growth in the Caribbean for the second straight year to become the regional leader, a position he affirms will continue in the coming years with the government’s joint plans with the private sector.

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