February 13, 2017 | Weekly Update
What’s new in Dominican Republic:
Punta Cana Named 58th Most Visited City in the World | According to the 2017 Top City Destinations Ranking by Euromonitor International, Punta Cana is the 58th most visited city in the world. The ranking, which analyzes travel data from 2015, also placed Punta Cana at the head of the pack in the Americas for inbound arrivals, with a 9.5 percent increase in arrivals to Punta Cana in 2015. http://blog.euromonitor.com/
Tourist Numbers Increased 6 Percent in 2016 | Tourist arrivals grew by 6.4 percent in 2016, according to new figures from the Central Bank. The number of arrivals reached nearly 6 million visitors in 2016. Tourism revenue was also strong in 2016 and totaled $6.7 million. http://www.bancentral.gov.do/
Dominican Carnival Celebrations Underway | Every Sunday throughout February and early March, Dominican Republic celebrates Carnival with a variety of festivals and parades throughout the country. The popular and colorful celebrations draw international visitors, with notable festivals in La Vega and Santo Domingo’s Grand National Carnival Parade.
North Coast Ecotourism Strong in 2016 | More than 245 million foreign travelers visited Puerto Plata’s protected areas in 2016, according to the Dominican Republic Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. The area’s most popular ecotourism attractions included the Loma Isabel de Torres Monument, 27 Waterfalls of Damajagua and Marine Mammal Sanctuary. http://ambiente.gob.do/
Marina Ranks Second in World for Sport Fishing | The Cap Cana Marina has been named the second- best marina in the world for marlin fishing by the Billfish Report. The popular marina, which draws international fishing competitions, now also holds the title of “2016 Blue Marlin Capital of the Atlantic.” http://billfishreport.com/
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