Entries by Berioska Sanchez

Guzmán Ariza invested as member of the Spanish Royal Academy

Fabio J. Guzmán Ariza was recognized as a corresponding member of the Spanish Royal Academy (Real Academia Española), the  premier authority in the world on Spanish language usage, at a ceremony held in Santo Domingo at the Dominican Academy of Letters (Academia Dominicana de la Lengua). Bruno Rosario Candelier, executive director of the Dominican Academy […]

Travel up 8.7 % in June

Travel to the DR in June has consistently increased. In 2013, the total number of travelers arriving to the Punta Cana International Airport in June was 431,554, increasing to 480,847 in 2014 and now to 522,490 in June 2015. Also, there has been a steady growth per month this year: January (7.5%), February (7.2%), March […]

DR has more than 400,000 businesses

The Dominican Republic has around 410,000 businesses, including both formal and informal businesses, according to a survey prepared by the office of Small Business (Pymes) at the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. Retail shops and stores account for more than 40 % of the businesses across Peravia, La Romana and Espaillat. In La Romana, firms […]

Travel up 4.3 % in April

The Central Bank tourism statistics department says that 16,783 more tourists visited the country in April 2015 compared to the same month in 2014, or 4.3% more. The Central Bank projects the increase in travel to reach 5% by the end of 2015. The total number of non-resident travelers for April 2015 was 461,962. From […]

5.4 % more tourists visit the DR in March

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 […]

Cirque du Soleil starts in Punta Cana in June

Club Med Creactive by Cirque du Soleil debuts at Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic in June, according to a report in USA Today. The program for adults and children to learn circus skills as part of the Club Med vacation plan under the supervision of instructors trained by Cirque du Soleil is […]

Foreign workers will not receive a cédula de identidad

Foreign workers who receive temporary residency in the Dominican under a labor contract will not receive a cédula de identidad (Dominican ID). Those applicants who receive a temporary residency card for labor purposes and later on wish to establish permanent residency, will be allowed to apply for a change of category at the Immigration Department, […]

Punta Cana attracts the most tourists in the DR

A total of 290,194 tourists arrived at the Punta Cana International Airport in January, 66.6% of all tourists arriving in the Dominican Republic that month, since Punta Cana has the largest number of resorts in the country. An additional 14,856 passengers traveled to Punta Cana in January 2015 compared to January 2014. 14.3% of arrivals […]

Central Bank clarifies economy grew 7.3 % in 2014

The Central Bank reports that a study of the bank’s preliminary data has allowed for a revision of the 7.1 % growth in GDP in 2014 to 7.3 %. The Central Bank says that the additional 0.2 % comes from construction that was originally estimated to have value added growth of 11.4 % for January-December. […]

Tourism grew 7.5 % in 2014

The Central Bank reports that tourism growth of 7.5 % of GDP in 2014 was 3.6 % greater than in 2013. The Central Bank attributes the growth of the sector to a 9.6 % increase in non-resident passenger arrivals. There was also a 3.1 % increase in the national hotel room inventory, with 2,060 new […]