The international travel insurance company Allianz has revealed that Punta Cana is one of the leading international destinations for American travelers this summer. The Caribbean continues to dominate Americans’ summer vacation plans, with the Dominican Republic in 5th place, up three spots from last year. Alongside other popular Caribbean destinations like Cancún, the Dominican Republic attracts a range of tourists from sunbathers to thrill-seekers.
Known for its warm weather, pristine sandy beaches, and hospitable culture, it’s no surprise the sunny island continues to be among the most popular in the region. To uncover the most sought-after holiday destinations, the company analyzed over 1.1 million flight itineraries for the upcoming summer season.
With international travel making a comeback and COVID restrictions out of the way, tourists are busy planning the perfect summer vacation. Thanks to its variety of all-inclusive resorts, Punta Cana is an excellent choice to kick back and enjoy the sun. From affordable stays all the way to 5-star luxury, there’s a little something for everyone’s taste.
Punta Cana is among the best destinations for travelers who want to get some work done under the sun. A new study by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has revealed that U.S travelers’ vacation habits have changed as a result of the pandemic. Compared to before, U.S tourists are increasingly interested in remote working, at least part-time. With that in mind, all-inclusive hotels remain the most popular accommodation type for the post-pandemic traveler. The poll also shows that up to 65% of respondents are planning to take a working holiday. Punta Cana is also an excellent pick for digital nomads, who will benefit from the area’s growing number of co-working spaces and international talent.
The island’s beaches are another selling point. With endless stretches of soft white sand and tropical palm trees, Dominican beaches are a great place to get a tan or practice water sports. Macao beach, located in the Altagracia province, is a must-see and is surrounded by lush Dominican forests. Ecotourism is another type of sightseeing that travelers can enjoy in the Dominican Republic. Guided tours through the island’s expansive rainforests or relaxing in the turquoise waters of the country’s cenotes are just a few examples.
Caribbean-inspired flavors are another unique feature that attracts tourists to visit the Dominican Republic. With a rich heritage dating back centuries, Dominican cuisine combines Spanish, African, and Latin American flavors to create a unique experience for the tastebuds.
Aside from Allianz’s destination ranking, there are other indicators pointing to a strong recovery for tourism in the Dominican Republic. Earlier this year, Dominican authorities reported that the country will welcome up to 7 million tourists this year. If all goes well, the sunny island could even reach a new record for international arrivals later this year.
According to Paola Raineri, senior vice president for communications of the Puntacana Group, “the numbers coming from the Ministry of Tourism are comparable to those of 2018 or 2019, and tourism is making a full recovery”. Hotel bookings are up, too, with nearly three-quarters of all hotel rooms occupied in March.
Visitors from the U.S can expect more flights to the Caribbean destination once the renovation of the Punta Cana International Airport is complete later this year. With 7 new jet bridges under construction, the airport will be able to accomodate more passenger traffic and larger aircraft.
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