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STATISTICAL DEVELOPMENT OF TOURISM OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FOR THE PERIOD 2016-2017

FOREIGN NATIONAL AND NON-RESIDENT

6,187,542 foreign and domestic non-resident tourists arrived January-December 2017 compared to the 5,959,347 who arrived in 2016, meaning a 3.83% growth. An increase of 4.28% in foreigners was recorded, going from 5,134,110 arrivals in 2016 to 5,354,017 in 2017. The arrival of non-resident Dominicans during the year 2017 increased by 1.00%, going from 825.237 in 2016 to 833.525 in January-December 2017.

 

HOTEL OCCUPATION RATE

The average accumulated hotel occupancy rate in January-December 2017 shows a decrease of 1.2%, dropping from 78.0% in 2016 to 77.1% in the same period in 2017.

In December 2017 the average hotel occupancy rate saw a growth of 0.3%, going from 76.5% in December 2016 to 76.7% in the same month of 2017.

 

FOREIGNERS BY NATIONALITY

In January-December 2017, arrivals by issuing markets performed as follows: travelers from North America went from 2,890,669 in January-December 2016 to 2,938,425 in 2017, an increase of 1.65%; European arrivals increased from 1,261,577 2016 to 1,431,459 in 2017, a growth rate of 13.47%; Central America and the Caribbean shows a 1.62% increase in arrivals going from 240,652 in 2016 to a total of 244,556 in 2017; travelers from Asia and the rest of the world increased by 71.95% and 37.91% each; while passengers arriving from South America decreased 2.05%, going from 721,132 in 2016 to 706,368 in December 2017.

Looking at the arrivals of foreign visitors according to their nationality we see that travelers from the USA in the January-December  period dropped from 2,085,186 in 2016 to 2,073,963 in 2017, a decrease of 0.54%; Canadians rose by 7.71%, registering 768,486 travelers in January-December 2016 compared to 827,721 in 2017; German passengers rose by 2.54%, going from 259,133 in 2016 to 265,709 in 2017; Russians contributed an additional 109,097 travelers to the arrivals in January-December 2016, an increase of 80.07%; the total of French arrivals increased from 232,024 in 2016 to 221,492 in 2017 and accounted for 4.14% of the total foreigners arriving in 2017; 165,111 arrivals were registered from the UK in 2016 compared to 177,534 in 2017, a growth of 7.54%; visitors from Argentina in the period accounted for 3.40%, 44,528 more travelers than those who arrived in 2016, an increase of 32.35%; Cuban visitors in January-December 2017 accounted for 0.66% of the passengers arriving in 2017 and grew by 41.93%, going from 24,742 in 2016 to 35,117 in 2017; Travelers from Spain increased 4.85% and accounted for 3.32% of passenger arrivals in 2017.

 

 

Source: ASONAHORES STATISTICAL BULLETIN Vol.186

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