In March 36,624 more tourists visited the Dominican Republic compared to the same month last year, for a total 537,640 non-resident travelers, including 61,120 Dominican expatriates and 476,520 foreign tourists. 95.8 % of visitors said the purpose of their visit was leisure.
Travel in the first quarter of the year (January to March) showed 77,050 more visitors from North America and travel from South America was up by 20.1 %. Travel from Europe showed a decline in the number of Russians for 44,598 for the first quarter compared to the same period in 2014. Excluding the Russians, European travel was up 7.2 % from January to March 2015.
The Central Bank attributes the increase in travelers to more visitors coming from the United States, which is experiencing economic recovery. It says that the tourists are also attracted by the international promotion campaigns carried out by the Ministry of Tourism and the private hotel sector to consolidate the country’s leadership in tourism in the Caribbean.[April 2015]