While it has always been a well-known beach destination among Americans, and the fact that it attracts millions of visitors each year is no surprise, the Dominican Republic is sweeping the tourism industry and posting an incredible recovery rate.
The country may not yet be fully recovered economically from the COVID crash, but when it comes to tourism, it is only breaking records, having recorded as many as 6.2 million visitors through July, a 34% growth over what had already been a historic pre. pandemic 2019.
Given that arrival numbers will increase even more now that peak season is approaching, it leaves us wondering: how did the Dominican Republic become so popular, perhaps even more so than it already was?
We were able to identify 4 main reasons:
It’s Well Connected.
One of the reasons the DR is reaching an unprecedented peak in popularity is the wide availability of non-stop flights offered from all of its most valuable markets. Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), which accounts for more than 60% of all air arrivals, serves 90 hubs in 26 countries.
However, the majority of flights originate in the United States and Canada, with the U.S. occupying seven of the top ten busiest international routes from PUJ, and New York leading the way, with flights offered by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue.
Regardless of the season, travel to the Dominican Republic is incredibly easy, as travelers are rarely required to transit through third countries, particularly U.S. citizens. Because of this accessibility, Americans accounted for 54% of all air arrivals in July.
Excellent tourism promotion
In addition to the hard and permanent work of Tourism Minister David Collado, in terms of works and support for the development of destinations, the country is widely promoted internationally, attracting visitors interested in relaxing experiences, water sports and historical exploration. The promotion also highlights the country’s biodiversity, with jungles, mountains and rivers that attract nature lovers.
David Collado and his team have played a stellar role in creating the advertising campaigns and participation in tourism fairs are key tools in promoting the Dominican Republic as a dream destination.
Three years of a wrenching health crisis have left many in desperate need of inner healing and a quiet, relaxing trip, or even a do-nothing vacation, rather than action-packed, sightseeing itineraries.
With its luxurious resort areas, picturesque coastal communities and highly developed wellness scene, the DR is the ideal place to unwind and a place to go to soak in the sun, book rejuvenating spa treatments and get pampered in a five-star hotel. while letting go of your worldly worries.
Three years of a wrenching health crisis have left many in desperate need of inner healing and a quiet, relaxing trip, or even a do-nothing vacation, instead of action-packed, sightseeing itineraries.
With its luxurious resort areas, picturesque seaside communities and highly developed wellness scene, the DR is the ideal place to relax and a place to go to soak in the sun, book rejuvenating spa treatments and get pampered in a five-star hotel. while letting go of your worldly worries.
Safe tourist areas
Finally, there is the high level of safety tourists enjoy when vacationing in the DR, despite recent travel warnings issued by U.S. authorities covering the suburban areas of Punta Cana and the capital, Santo Domingo.
Crime, including pickpocketing in tourist areas, is still possible, but, reports InSight Crime , the incidence is “much lower” than in other Caribbean countries and, compared to Haiti, which shares the western third of the same island, the DR is an oasis of safety.
It is certainly not Iceland, but tourists really have nothing to worry about vacationing in well-guarded all-inclusive resorts, where access is limited to guests, staff and club members, or resort towns, where there is a strong police presence.
In short, the Dominican Republic is safe, easily accessible and well-equipped, not to mention home to some of the best-preserved Spanish-era monuments in all of Latin America and some of the most beautiful white-sand beaches in the Caribbean.