New record tourist arrivals for half year

The Central Bank reports that 3,043,154 tourists visited in the first half of 2016. The non-resident foreigners and Dominicans were 184,391 more than arrivals from January-June 2015, for a 6.5% increase. Of the total, 78.9% were foreign tourists (145,408 passengers) and 21.1% were visiting Dominican residents abroad (38.983 pax).

Most tourists come from the United States. Some 61,987 more visitors reportedly came from the United States during the first half of the year.

Inbound travel from South America is also up for the first half of the year. The Central Bank reports that 37,651 more visitors came from Venezuela (25,060), Colombia (13,527), Uruguay (6,502) and Peru (3,798). Tourist travel from Central America and the Caribbean is also up 19.5%, with significant increases in tourist arrivals from Puerto Rico (6,130), Panama (5,337) and Cuba (4,012).

[July 2016]