Monday, September 11, 2017
Santo Domingo.- Tourist destinations in the Dominican Republic received 2.8 million holidaymakers in the first semester of 2017, not including cruise passengers.
According to official statistics, the United States is the country's major tourist-sending market, with 39.5 percent of all vacationers, followed by Canada (18.4 percent) and Germany (4.9 percent).
The Association of Hotels reported that during the first six months of this year, the country's average occupancy rate was 82 percent, the highest over the past four years.
In addition, in the first seven months of the year, investments totaling nearly 1.4 billion dollars were approved to execute several tourist projects.
In 2016, tourism generated 6.722 billion dollars in revenues to the national economy, and experts predict 7.2 billion dollars this year.