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    The article is in Spanish, but basically it says that Punta Cana (the AI vacation capital of the Caribbean and where over 70% of tourists visit in the DR) is where tourists spend the most money of any Latin American tourist destination.

    PUNTA CANA – DESTINO DE MAYOR GASTO TURÍSTICO DE AMÉRICA LATINA
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    Quote Originally Posted by keepcoming View Post
    Punta Cana caters to those who want everything within the gates of the resort. Fun, food, drinks, pool, beaches, everything a bracelet can get you. But there are those who want to explore the country beyond the gates. And that is where maybe the DR is lacking in with advertising.
    Was hard this part for the goverment to understand that, and still they are slow, but Mexican Market from Ciudad de Mexico are the one the do the great job to make MITUR to make up their mind. They started to promote 3 years ago Punta Cana beaches and that year only visitted the country arround 7,000 mexicans. As they realize didnt has the impact of the beach promotion for next year they changed and started to promote Santo Domingo en Mexico and after Santo Domingo then the beaches and that year came 13,000 mexicans, double the amount from previos year promoting only beaches.

    Another Mexican example is Aeromexico, after the sucess of that promotion Aeromexico announced in 2016 will start direct flights MEX-SDQ 4 days a week using a 99 seats airplane, 3 months after start the flights increased to 5 flights a week, in March 2017 they announced will be daily fliths, for the second year in operations announced in March 2018 they announced will increase fom 99 seats to 124 seats airplane. In the other hand Aeromexico this month announced will start to flight Punta Cana with seasonal flights from November to March 2 weekly flights with 99 seats airplnes. So you can see the diference on how Aeromexico started to fly in Santo Domingo And Punta Cana, with the Sucess of Punta Cana and with a very big arline as Aeromexico any body could think they should start to fly daily to Punta Cana but they dont and will start with seasonal flights.

    When the goverment start to take more seriously that Santo Domingo is a big plus to the turism offer and start to give more promotion to the Capital and the Colonial Zone a lot people will continue thinking that we only have nice beaches and any other destination in the tropics.

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    Personally I think you just have met the wrong Americans. Plus much of that can be based as most only get 2 weeks of vacation a year and many split it taking to e in the summer and winter. My experience in the AI's is they were filled with Canadians, Europeans with some Americans but that was on the North Coast. When I speak to many of my fellow Americans many say oh I have been to the DR, 9 times out of 10 it is to an AI in Punta Cana. I think a lot has to do with advertising from the tourism, the travel agencies generally push Punta Cana. My sister in law owns a travel agency, the last 2 years she has targeted college kids going on spring break pushing Punta Cana over Cancun. She has warmed to the idea of pushing the North Coast somewhat. The problem is also the overall perception of the DR in America as being very dangerous which again I feel is due to people being told at Punta Cana AI's not to leave the grounds due to danger. Also I have many friends who are of Dominican descent who are from Santo Domingo who will tell others not to go because of crime yet most have not been to the North. I am not naive enough to think the North Coast isn't dangerous either. I feel it is all about how you handle yourself, your attitude, & being aware of your surroundings. I have been lucky enough to find a couple of very trustworthy taxi drivers. I also employ quite a few Dominicans from the Puerto Plata area who have made sure I am taken care of down there. I knock on wood that in my times down there I have yet to experience anytime bad, I realize I am lucky but I am also very cautious. My general attitude is I survived living in the Lower East Side of NYC in the 1980's which is saying something.
    Quote Originally Posted by GringoRubio View Post
    When American's say "like to travel", it usually means the vacation experience where the most stressful part is losing your lounge chair close to the bar. While the concept is still in the wishful thinking stages, usually some website like priceline or similar markets a clickable package that puts the whole "Caribbean" experience into a 9 day / 8 night with plenty of lounge chairs and no need to venture further than the AI buffet. I run into Americans at the airport claiming to love the DR, but they'd just like to find some local money to bring home.

    15% sounds about right if not a little high. I think of the cruise ship docking with 1% going for excursions.

    When I explain how I travel with a backpack, no plan, and taking local transport, nobody gets it except for Europeans and Australians. I've given up even bothering trying to explain it to Americans.

    (I admit I thought of the lowly chica while I read that. Although I don't endorse prostitution, I can't help admire somebody who figures out how to put 95% of every tourist dollar spent back into the economy.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dov1984 View Post
    Personally I think you just have met the wrong Americans. Plus much of that can be based as most only get 2 weeks of vacation a year and many split it taking to e in the summer and winter. My experience in the AI's is they were filled with Canadians, Europeans with some Americans but that was on the North Coast. When I speak to many of my fellow Americans many say oh I have been to the DR, 9 times out of 10 it is to an AI in Punta Cana. I think a lot has to do with advertising from the tourism, the travel agencies generally push Punta Cana. My sister in law owns a travel agency, the last 2 years she has targeted college kids going on spring break pushing Punta Cana over Cancun. She has warmed to the idea of pushing the North Coast somewhat. The problem is also the overall perception of the DR in America as being very dangerous which again I feel is due to people being told at Punta Cana AI's not to leave the grounds due to danger. Also I have many friends who are of Dominican descent who are from Santo Domingo who will tell others not to go because of crime yet most have not been to the North. I am not naive enough to think the North Coast isn't dangerous either. I feel it is all about how you handle yourself, your attitude, & being aware of your surroundings. I have been lucky enough to find a couple of very trustworthy taxi drivers. I also employ quite a few Dominicans from the Puerto Plata area who have made sure I am taken care of down there. I knock on wood that in my times down there I have yet to experience anytime bad, I realize I am lucky but I am also very cautious. My general attitude is I survived living in the Lower East Side of NYC in the 1980's which is saying something.

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    All is based in personal experience, there is not 100% secure place, you must have common sence everywhere you go and Santo Domingo is not exception. Im Dominican, went to Mexico City and Guanajuato and nothing happend to me, and Im sure Mexico City is not more safe than Santo Domingo. AI here says is danger because they want you book a tour with them mostly, If were really dangerous they wouldnt include Santo Domingo, the top 3 excursions in Punta Cana are Santo Domingo, Samana, and Isla Saona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riva_31 View Post
    All is based in personal experience, there is not 100% secure place, you must have common sence everywhere you go and Santo Domingo is not exception. Im Dominican, went to Mexico City and Guanajuato and nothing happend to me, and Im sure Mexico City is not more safe than Santo Domingo. AI here says is danger because they want you book a tour with them mostly, If were really dangerous they wouldnt include Santo Domingo, the top 3 excursions in Punta Cana are Santo Domingo, Samana, and Isla Saona.
    I completely agree with you on this. I haven't gone to SD yet although I have a few friends who want me to visit. I have been to Santiago, Sabaneta, and Jarabacoa, I enjoyed all of them. Each time I was with Dominican friends or employees visiting friends, family or employees or both. Again I think better advertising and a push from the tourism board of DR would help especially with what the media is showing about Mexico. I would think it could bring many more tourists to visit the DR not just Punta Cana but the North Coast & the Mountains

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dov1984 View Post
    I completely agree with you on this. I haven't gone to SD yet although I have a few friends who want me to visit. I have been to Santiago, Sabaneta, and Jarabacoa, I enjoyed all of them. Each time I was with Dominican friends or employees visiting friends, family or employees or both. Again I think better advertising and a push from the tourism board of DR would help especially with what the media is showing about Mexico. I would think it could bring many more tourists to visit the DR not just Punta Cana but the North Coast & the Mountains

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    Totally Agree, Dominican Republic must advertise whole country including the Capital not only show Punta Cana. There is a very big market that do not only want eat at get drunk in the beach. I have friends very surpiced when I have show them videos and Pictures of the Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo, and want to come and stay few nights in Santo Domingo and the rest in a beach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dov1984 View Post
    Personally I think you just have met the wrong Americans.
    I've looked under many rocks. I seem to be kindred souls with Europeans, but you have to search for an american willing to do more than lounge, drink, and eat, or worse, take advantage of desperate conditions. I hope there are some exceptions here.

    I have found a few Americans that were ready to do the rental car vacation in the DR. You know, fly to say Arizonia rent a car and hit the grand canyon, painted desert, petrified forest, meteor crater, etc. They knew cerveza, por favor, and gracias. They heard good things about the DR, so they came to me for advice.

    I'd tell them about my first DR experience. Military checkpoints, searches, shake down by military police, picking up a school girl "hitchhiker" that wanted a trip to the cabana (yeah, i was that naive). And, of course, the wonderful Dominican people that are 99% wonderful. I pushed them towards a AI or a tamer country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GringoRubio View Post
    I've looked under many rocks. I seem to be kindred souls with Europeans, but you have to search for an american willing to do more than lounge, drink, and eat, or worse, take advantage of desperate conditions. I hope there are some exceptions here.

    I have found a few Americans that were ready to do the rental car vacation in the DR. You know, fly to say Arizonia rent a car and hit the grand canyon, painted desert, petrified forest, meteor crater, etc. They knew cerveza, por favor, and gracias. They heard good things about the DR, so they came to me for advice.

    I'd tell them about my first DR experience. Military checkpoints, searches, shake down by military police, picking up a school girl "hitchhiker" that wanted a trip to the cabana (yeah, i was that naive). And, of course, the wonderful Dominican people that are 99% wonderful. I pushed them towards a AI or a tamer country.
    I don't know what you mean by "take advantage of desperate conditions."  I doubt I qualify.

    Own a house and a condo.  Live in house with the family of my wife who is Dominican.  We are raising our two kids with help from her mother.  Enduring all the usual drama with family.

    Have residency.  Hit the beach with family in Dominicus occasionally.  Spend time in Bavaro.  Eat pescado at Caleta.  Travel freely in that area of the country.

    Yes, I am "American."  Born in U.S.  Know many people from the U.S. in these places.

    Hope never to be robbed, like most people in the family has been robbed at one time or another.  Dominican family that is.  That's just how it is here.  Ever time someone travels, if only a short distance, the goodbye is always followed by cuidate.

    Almost everyone on the plane from Nueva York to Punta Cana is "American" coming for DR vacation at AI.  But, there are many that rent condos too.  For better, or worse.  Almost everyone on the plane from Nueva York to Santo Domingo is Dominican.

    Have to visit U.S. frequently to escape the chaos.  There may come a day when we all leave, but I doubt it.  I really want my kids to stay and help make the DR a better place.  As Dominicans (which they are), not extranjeros.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franco1111 View Post
    I don't know what you mean by "take advantage of desperate conditions."  I doubt I qualify.

    Own a house and a condo.  Live in house with the family of my wife who is Dominican.  We are raising our two kids with help from her mother.  Enduring all the usual drama with family.

    Have residency.  Hit the beach with family in Dominicus occasionally.  Spend time in Bavaro.  Eat pescado at Caleta.  Travel freely in that area of the country.

    Yes, I am "American."  Born in U.S.  Know many people from the U.S. in these places.

    Hope never to be robbed, like most people in the family has been robbed at one time or another.  Dominican family that is.  That's just how it is here.  Ever time someone travels, if only a short distance, the goodbye is always followed by cuidate.

    Almost everyone on the plane from Nueva York to Punta Cana is "American" coming for DR vacation at AI.  But, there are many that rent condos too.  For better, or worse.  Almost everyone on the plane from Nueva York to Santo Domingo is Dominican.

    Have to visit U.S. frequently to escape the chaos.  There may come a day when we all leave, but I doubt it.  I really want my kids to stay and help make the DR a better place.  As Dominicans (which they are), not extranjeros.
    I've offended; and I apologize.

    I've definitely painted with a broad brush and there are definite exceptions, but do you disagree in general? I've said from a very young age (~13 years) when I was far removed from anything Caribbean that "living off tourism isn't living at all" and I can find nothing inconsistent with that in this thread. It subsistence at best and in leaner years, poverty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GringoRubio View Post
    I've offended; and I apologize.

    I've definitely painted with a broad brush and there are definite exceptions, but do you disagree in general? I've said from a very young age (~13 years) when I was far removed from anything Caribbean that "living off tourism isn't living at all" and I can find nothing inconsistent with that in this thread. It subsistence at best and in leaner years, poverty.
    I am not offended.  I completely understand why you say what you do.  I have a choice to live in US or DR or other places.  I spend most of my time in DR.  I am married to a Dominican and live mostly with our family who I love - most of the time  :  )  It is not always easy to be born in DR and try to succeed.  Part of what caught my attention in the article I posted is the question about how much intense tourism helps the country.  There have been discussions about that here on DR1.  One brother of my wife works in a hotel in Punta Cana.  And, another is taking classes to do the same.  So, I fully understand that benefit.  The article provides much to think about.  I do not claim to have answers.  But, I found it quite good to see an article with such depth.
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