Air Canada, Air Transat and Sunwing are making it easier for Canadians to travel to the Dominican Republic this winter season.
Air Canada will be offering direct service between, Quebec City and the popular sun destination Punta Cana. Air Transat announced the addition of direct flights from Vancouver and Hamilton to Punta Cana, and from London and Montreal to Puerto Plata, while Sunwing added a new flight from London to Punta Cana.
From a cruise standpoint, the Dominican Republic has received between January and July 2019 a total of 907,545 visitors in 292 cruise ships, of which 675,176 were passengers (cruise passengers) and 232,369 correspond to the cruise crew.
Numbers are climbing
In 2018, Puerto Plata welcomed 407,568 tourists by air and 518,121 by cruise. According to the figures from the Central Bank, this represents an increase of more than 18 per cent in the arrival of tourists by air, in relation to previous years Puerto Plata continues to be the country’s leading cruise ship destination, since the opening of Amber Cove in 2015.
To date, 543 cruise ship stops, bringing 2,275,727 cruise passengers and crew have arrived at that port. Puerto Plata is working to attract more maritime tourists with a second cruise ship terminal, Taino Bay, scheduled to open in 2020 and attracting different cruise lines. The new port is under construction in the city of Puerto Plata. Amhsa Marina has invested more than $25 million dollars in updates to facilities and technology for its luxury Casa Marina Beach & Reef hotel in Sosúa.
The newest Dominican visitor arrival details, for January to May 2019, show the region with the highest increase in arrivals was North America, with 123,567 more visitors for an eight per cent growth – including 2,285 more visitors from Canada.
The majority of the foreign tourist arrivals landed at the Punta Cana airport at 67.2 per cent, followed by Las Americas in Santo Domingo with 15.5 per cent of the total, and Puerto Plata at 8.5 per cent.
New rooms are coming
The development of new Dominican properties reflects the high demand for tourism in the country. At DATE 2019, it was reported that 6,200 hotel rooms are currently under construction, which is 8.7 per cent of the country’s current hotel supply.
Marriott International has announced it will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in all-inclusive resort products. The initiative includes new management
contracts with hotel developers who plan to build five new all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Latin America including a 650-room Autograph Collection
resort Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, opening scheduled for 2022.
The first stone was laid for construction of the Pure Salt Orchidarium in the northern Uvero Alto area of greater Punta Cana. The Pure Salt Orchidarium is a EUR75.3 million investment. The 269-room adults-only resort will feature pools, five-themed restaurants, four bars, a coffee shop, conference space for 350
people and a giant orchid garden as its centerpiece. This is the chain's first resort outside of Spain.
AMResorts announced a new project in Punta Cana which will be the hotel group’s fifth Dominican property. Dreams Macao Beach Punta Cana will hold an
impressive 500 rooms and suites all with ocean views. The luxury resort will include a spa, six restaurants, seven bars, multiple pools and more.
Excellence Group officially broke ground on an extensive all-inclusive property in Punta Cana. The group’s third Dominican resort, Finest Punta Cana, will have 450 suites with 60 suites dedicated to families. The resort will offer over 20 restaurants, six pools, in-room jacuzzis and plunge pools.
Eden Roc Cap Cana has unveiled the new $2 million, 30,000-square-foot spa called the Solaya Spa and Wellness Center. The luxurious spa contains 12 treatment rooms with indoor and outdoor cabins, a 1,200-square foot antigravity yoga studio, aqua gardens and a freshwater pool.
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