Mexicans prefer to vacation in the Dominican Republic due to sargassum and insecurity in Riviera Maya


With a 54% increase in the number of Mexican travelers, the Dominican Republic is positioned as the main destination in the Caribbean for vacationing of Mexicans, which is derived according to experts, for the insecurity that Cancun and Playa del Carmen experience. the problem of sargassum.

Globally, during the first half of the year, the destination maintained a steady 4.6% year-on-year growth in attracting international tourists.

In its most recent report on the situation of tourism in the Dominican Republic, the Technical Vice-Ministry of the Dominican Republic made public the arrival of 1,876,144 non-resident visitors (foreign travelers and Dominicans residing outside the Island) by air, which represented an increase of 81,823 additional visitors with respect to the same period of 2018.

With a total of 1,653,553 travelers from different countries, representing a growth of 3.9%, Mexico was the fastest growing (54.1%), figure that made it the main recepetor of tourists to the country, followed by Poland (19.7%) , The United States (12.3%) Colombia (11.3%) Brazil (10.2%) and Russia (8.5%) as the fastest growing countries during this period.

According to Carolina Pérez, director of the Office of Tourism Promotion in Mexico, the increase is due to the continuous tourist investment and the various promotional actions that are being implemented.

The growth was reflected in the main airports of the destination such as Punta Cana Airport, Las Americas, La Romana, Cibao and La Isabela.

On the other hand, Pérez pointed out, the hotel sector registered an average occupancy rate of 84.5%, with Santo Domingo as its main tourist attraction with an occupancy rate of 64.4% and a growth of 5.9% compared to 2018, followed by La Romana and Punta Cana with an increase of 2 and 1.2% respectively.

To keep the interest of foreign travelers, during the first quarter of 2019 the destination will expand its hotel offer with the approval of six new tourism projects in the provinces of Altagracia, Samaná and Barahona, with a total investment of approximately $ 754.2 million dollars.

Source: Nitu

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