Thursday, April 19, 2018

First quarter airport arrivals in the Dominican Republic and in Puerto Plata

Non resident arrivals in the Dominican Republic were 1,799,321 in the first quarter 2018 up 7.7% from the first quarter of 2017:

First quarter cumulative arrivals per year

March 2018 non residents arrivals were up 14% from March 2017 such a strong increase can be explained by the general uptrend and by seasonal factors such as the Easter week-end being in March for 2018 while it was in the month of April for 2017.

Approximately  62% of non resident arriving in the Dominican Republic came from North America and 23% from Europe:

While the Dominican Republic  consolidates its role of fastest growing Carribean destination for tourists, not the same can be said about Puerto Plata: the airport of Punta Cana was by far the main destination for tourists in the first quarter 2018 while Puerto Plata arrivals were 5.7% lower than 2017

Apparently the strong growth of the Punta Cana  "large all inclusive resorts" is crowding out other Dominican destinations such as Puerto Plata: the North Coast touristic industry should improve its infrastructure and attractivity to change this trend.