Dominican Republic Shares Strong Tourism Numbers and Plans for Continued Growth

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SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, April 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tourism industry executives at this year’s (DATE) conference announced several developments for the future of the country and expressed great enthusiasm for the projects to come. Fausto Fernandez, Vice Minister of Tourism of International Cooperation, opened the event with several updates about Dominican Republic’s overall tourism health and news in each major sector within the country.

The first quarter of 2018 has reported stronger than ever numbers with a 7.7 percent growth in Q1 – one of the highest year-over-year growths on record.

According to Fernandez, this is in large part to the new hotel rooms that became available in 2017, bringing the existing number of rooms to 77,259. The growth does not stop there. Dominican Republic will add 15,000 new rooms and update 6,000 existing rooms in 2018.  

MITUR is committed to expanding the country’s multi-destination offerings and diversifying its segmentation. With more than 8,000 kilometers of roads created or expanded within the past three years, all major touristic areas are now connected and most are accessible within a two-hour drive. With opportunities for a wide range of tourism on the same island, Dominican Republic continues to hold a large advantage over other destinations and is positioned to expand the diversity of its offerings, with nature, golf, wedding, culture and adventure travel among the largest niches that will continue to showcase for this year.

While sun and beach remain the country’s most sought attractions, Dominican Republic is set to maintain the work of expanding its competitive offerings in the tourism marketplace. Between adventurous Puerto Plata, lush Samaná, sunny Punta Cana, luxe La Romana, historic Santo Domingo and more, the country prides itself on offering something for every type of traveler and budget.

This year’s DATE conference was held from April 11-13 at the Barceló Bávaro Convention Center in Punta Cana.

For more information on Dominican Republic, visit .

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Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar.

Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike.  Visit Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website at: .

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Annie Holschuh
Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism
(414) 247-2140
annie.holschuh@bvk.com

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Globe Newswire: 21:18 GMT Monday 16th April 2018

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