Industry professionals at ITB China from Dominican Republic are here “fresh” from the recent DATE conference in Punta Cana.
Industry experts at this year’s Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) conference agreed upon several initiatives set to build on three trending niches: declared family travel, authentic experiences and luxury.
80% of all visits to Dominican Republic’s protected areas are by foreigners, and once again Colonial City ranked number two – after Isla Saona, amongst the most visited attractions. This trend confirms that visitors are increasingly looking to explore beyond the beaches – and tourism operators have taken note.
At this year’s DATE, Best Day (BD) Travel shared its remarkable growth, in 2017 BD served 79,500 passengers transporting tourists to the country’s lush North Coast, cosmopolitan Santo Domingo, luxurious Punta Cana and the unexplored Southwest. As a direct result of its growth BD celebrated its second office in Santo Domingo which opened in December 2017 to support its 20% growth rate for 2018.
The company has projects under way in Puerto Plata, in addition to launching a Dominican version of its successful proprietary services app., all by Q4 2018. From romance for two, to a luxurious family soiree, Dominican Republic offers a world-class portfolio of destinations perfect for every traveller, now more accessible than ever. In 2018 Dominican Republic will see major road renovations including the East Region Road Circuit, which contributes to nearly 80% of all tourism income.
In the Southwest, an expansion is in the works which will connect Santo Domingo to the booming Southwest. This development will increase connection between the capital city and the up-and-coming touristic areas of Barahona, Baní and Pedernales.
STAND No. 731