Published on : Friday, May 6, 2016
Expedia, travel booking leaders, plans to continue investing in the Dominican Republic owing to the boom in tourism in the destination, its representatives said at this year’s Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) conference.
Since 2012, they have seen a 134 percent growth in room night production throughout the whole country, Expedia announced adding that the United States emerged as Expedia’s largest source market of travelers to Dominican Republic, up 22 percent compared to the site’s 2015 numbers.
Broken down by destination, bookings to the Punta Cana area increased 165 percent, travel to Santo Domingo by 60 percent and travel to Samaná by 190 percent Punta Cana alone boasts more than 15 percent growth annually. It remains Expedia’s top-producing market in the Caribbean The Dominican Republic is projected to reach six million total visitors in 2016he United States and Canada are the largest source markets for Dominican tourism as a whole, with two million total US visitors and 780,000 Canadian visitors in 2015.
Dominican Republic tourism representatives speaking on behalf of the National Hotel & Tourism Association (ASONAHORES) also announced at DATE a growth of 5.8 percent in overall tourism to the country – a number alone growing faster than the Caribbean’s overall rate of 3.7 percent. Growth rates in the country are approximately double the world average, tracking at a median growth of 5.1 percent over the last five years.