Canadians Flocked To D.R. In Record Numbers In 2017
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Santo Domingo Cathedral
Record-breaking tourism numbers for 2017 have made the Dominican Republic the number one destination in the Caribbean for Canadians, second only to Mexico overall for sun destinations.
In 2017, over 837,000 Canadians visited the island nation, with officials attributing the increase to infrastructure improvement, including new roads, expanded ports and improved air terminals, along with new hotel openings, increased room inventory and new flight routes.
“The Dominican Republic is extremely proud to be the premier vacation destination in the Caribbean for Canadians,” said Cosette Garcia, Director of the Tourism Office of the Dominican Republic in Montreal. “Our arrival numbers grew last year by 3.9% over 2016 with 65,265 additional Canadians, and we anticipate an even better year in 2018.”
According to Garcia, there are many exciting new developments for D.R. tourism in the year to come.
“We have been restoring the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo for a few years now and as that job nears completion, we look forward to welcoming more guests to the first and oldest city in the New World. Visitors can wander on the cobblestone street of Calle de las Damas, tour the house of the son of Christopher Columbus and visit The Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, the oldest cathedral in North America.”
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.