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    Default Is this a terrible year so far for tourism?

    I know the hotel market in Santo Domingo reasonably well, and I'm pretty certain that a lot of hotels are having a very rough time. This week, Valentines week, normally very busy, there are five-star hotels like Catalonia selling for US$ 80 for an ocean-view room with breakfast included. I thought this was only a Santo Domingo thing, but yesterday I was talking to a friend who works in Punta Cana airport. He gets monthly stats on visitor numbers and was saying that this season is terrible so far. Flights are arriving half-empty it seems, with passenger numbers considerably down from latin American countries. His take on the situation is that the only airlines which are filling planes and the hotels which are filling rooms are doing so at much lower prices than last year and everyone seems to be struggling.

    I'm just interested in hearing other people's opinions on how this season is going. Particularly interested in comments from people who are "in the know" and work in the industry.

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    I'm not "in the know", but that's my impression here in Cabarete, too. It has picked up this month.

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    Saw that Catalonia offer today too at booking.com and I was a bit surprised.

    We will be in the capital for the night of the 14. to 15. (Valentine's Day unrelated ) and while looking for a room I was surprised how easy it was to find something for that date and how many offers where there despite Valentine's Day.

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    Maybe its the airbnb effect.

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    Yep, for the capital, this might be very well the case.

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    I got a great deal 10-12 days ago in StoDom hotel... ZC.........Luca Hotel

    Last minute and cheap

    Must be slow(er)

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    Luca was sold out for the 14th

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    was my 1st visit.

    on that night el Beatario was sold out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luperon View Post
    Maybe its the airbnb effect.
    AirBnB certainly has had an effect on the market, not least because AirBnB's don't generally charge ITBIS and never charge the 10% Propina Legal but all hotels have to charge these. The 5 star places are reducing their prices to the rates that the 3 star places used to charge, so everyone is dropping down to a lower price point and bumping into the AirBnB crowd on the way down. But there also seem to be fewer guests around, so there is much more supply and much less demand, at least in the capital.

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    SKY works in an airport (I think) he would be the person to ask.

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