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The Dominican Republic Is One Of The Fastest Growing Destinations In The Caribbean

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New data published by online digital trends analyst company ForwardKeys show that the Dominican Republic is one of the fastest-growing destinations in the Caribbean. International travel arrivals seem to corroborate the island’s steady rise in popularity, as record numbers of tourists chose to vacation in the Dominican Republic. A record-breaking 7 million people are projected to travel there by the end of the year.

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ForwardKeys, a travel industry trends company, recently published an analysis of the growing popularity of different Caribbean destinations. The results confirm that the Dominican Republic continues to rank amongst the most popular sun-soaked destinations, especially for North American travelers. 

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Whilst Americans have been flocking to places like Cancun and the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic is making a name for itself as a top vacation destination. Its affordable prices, proximity to large population hubs including Miami and Atlanta, and stunning array of paradise-like tropical scenery are increasingly attracting more travelers. 

Overall, travel to Caribbean destinations, including the Dominican Republic, is growing at a much higher pace than in other regions of the world. According to ForwardKeys, excellent aerial connections make getting there easier than ever before. The same can be said for the Dominican Republic, which enjoys a number of direct flights from the United States and Canada. 

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The report highlighted skyrocketing growth numbers compared to 2019, the last full year before COVID shook up the travel market. The Dominican Republic came out on top, with more than 40% more travelers in the fourth quarter of 2022 compared to 2019, followed by the Virgin Islands, Bonaire, and Martinique.

Punta Cana remains the country’s top destination, attracting around 70% of all international arrivals in the country. Its airport, the privately-run Punta Cana International Airport, is the largest in the country and was ranked the best mid-sized airport in the Caribbean this year. The airport is in the final stages of a massive overhaul to help accommodate growing travel numbers by adding more floor space and air bridges.

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As the winter season gradually kicks off, so will the number of travelers headed to the Dominican Republic. More flights are being announced towards the end of the year from both the United States and Canada, as well as Europe. Expedia corroborated the trend when it revealed that the country is one of the top destinations for North Americans this winter. 

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Data from ForwardKeys also indicates a growing interest in the Dominican Republic for all sorts of business trips and conferences. One of the company’s main objectives is to provide insight into business trends to help corporations choose the best destinations for events. Hotels in the Caribbean island are a great pick for business travelers, and many of them offer large venues for conferences and business meetings.

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Image courtesy of: Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana

With growing tourist figures, hospitality firms are rushing to invest more in the Dominican Republic. There are plenty of new hotels opening up this year, including Hilton’s new Garden Inn La Romana. The trendy and compact hotel will cater to tourists and business travelers, with several top amenities to make their stay as comfortable as possible. Meanwhile, couples and adults are setting their sights on Miches, where two new adults-only Temptation hotels are opening up this October. 

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ForwardKeys uses several intricate algorithms to keep track of crucial travel data such as flights, seat capacity, prices, and hotel occupancy. Using high-tech software, the company can predict long-term trends in the highly dynamic market, shedding light on future success stories. Both consumers, as well as businesses, including hotels, travel agencies, and airlines, all profit from these predictions.

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