1.2% fewer tourist arrivals for Jan-Oct 2019
World Travel Market success for the Dominican Republic
Tourists spend US$138 per day in Colonial City visits
Puntacana Group celebrates its 50th-anniversary concert
Ecotouristic Fair in San Cristóbal
Conjunto Quisqueya at the Puerto Plata Amphitheater
Maná and Alejandro Sanz sing for Punta Cana



1.2% fewer tourist arrivals for Jan-Oct 2019
Foreign air arrival statistics for 2019 show a decline of 1.2% from January to October 2019, compared to the first ten months in 2018. Tourist air arrivals for January to October 2018 were 5,424,399. This compares to 5,359,903 for that period this year. 64,496 fewer tourists came this year than in the same period in 2018.

The decline in foreign visitors is attributed to the negative campaign that went viral in social media and mainstream press, primarily in the United States and Canada. The campaign tallied the deaths of US tourists in the Dominican Republic during the first half of the year and attributed these to "mysterious causes." Subsequently, toxicology tests carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigations disputed the allegations in the press, attributing the deaths to previous health conditions of the visitors, as established in the autopsies carried out in the Dominican Republic upon the deaths. But the damage to the reputation of the country had been done.

The Central Bank Tourism Flow Report for October 2019 that 177,711 fewer tourists visited in the first ten months of the year than for Jan-Oct 2018. There was a 3.8% decline in foreign visitors. But this decline was compensated by an increase in visiting non-resident Dominicans. Non-resident Dominican visitations were up 15.2%, or 113,215 more travelers.

59.3% of tourist arrivals came from North America. 22.9% flew in from Europe, 13.1% from South America and 4.3% from Central America and the Caribbean. Travel from North America was down 2.9%, with 80,546 fewer tourists visiting.

Punta Cana International Airport continues to be the preferred airport, with 2,955,965 arrivals. Las Americas International (Santo Domingo) is second with 781,101 entries. Next in air arrivals is Puerto Plata with 325,667, Cibao (Santiago) with 206,051, La Romana with 149,258, El Catey (Samaná) with 68,270 and La Isabela (northern Santo Domingo) with 15,334.

https://bancentral.gov.do/Publicacio...?CategoryId=88


World Travel Market success for the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic mission to the 40th World Travel Market (WTM) held recently in London, England announced a 33% increase in long haul flights to the country from the airports of Birmingham, Gatwick and Manchester to Punta Cana for in 2020.

During the WTM, Magaly Toribio, marketing consultant to the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism, met with several airlines including Air Caraibes, British Airways, Virgin Holidays, Iberia, Royal Airways and the trade organization ABTA. Fernando Abreu and Sabrina Cambiaso also represented the Ministry of Tourism.

Participating Dominican resorts included Bahía Príncipe Hotels & Resorts, Barceló Hotel Group, Catalonia Hotels & Resorts, Eden Roc Cap Cana, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, Princess Hotels & Resorts, Impressive Resorts & Spas, Karisma Hotels & Resorts, Melia Hotels International, Majestic Resorts, Playa Hotels and Resorts, and Viva Wyndham Resorts.

https://eldia.com.do/turismo-anuncia...-rd-en-la-wtm/


Tourists spend US$138 per day in Colonial City visits
According to Melina Cruz, in charge of the Colonial City Touristic Observatory says that in the first half of 2019, visitors to Santo Domingo's Colonial City were up 3% compared to the previous year. An estimated 60,934 foreign tourists visit the area each year. The Observatory estimates that tourists spend an average of US$138 a day in the area.
http://mitur.gob.do/config/observato...udad-colonial/


Puntacana Group celebrates its 50th-anniversary concert
The traditional Christmas Carol Concert at the Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia Basilica in Higuey will take place on Friday, 29 November 2019. The event starts at 7pm. The Koribe Choir of the Ministry of Culture and the National Symphony Orchestra will perform. Maestro Jose Antonio Molina is the conductor. The concert also includes the voices of Johnny Ventura and Maridalia Hernández and soprano Natalie Peña Comas.


Ecotouristic Fair in San Cristóbal
From Thursday, 21 November through Sunday, 1 December 2019, the 23rd Ecotouristic and Production Fair will take place in the environs of the Pomier Caves in San Cristóbal. The activity is organized by the Fundación Ciencia y Arte, directed by Jacqueline Boin and José Serulle Ramia, with the backing of San Cristóbal Mayor Nelson Guillén. On the program are talks, workshops, business roundtables, sports, a traditional music and gastronomical presentations.


Conjunto Quisqueya at the Puerto Plata Amphitheater
Get your tickets early. A full house is expected for the 8pm Saturday, 23 November 2019 performance of the Conjunto Quisqueya at the Puerto Plata Amphitheater. Conjunto Quisqueya is a Dominican merengue band that relocated to Puerto Rico. The band makes annual Christmas visits to the Dominican Republic and its cheerful music gets locals brings the Christmas spirit.
Tickets are for sale online at Ticket Express from RD$300 to RD$2,300.

https://listindiario.com/entretenimi...n-puerto-plata
https://www.ticketexpress.com.do/ShowEvent.aspx?ID=2434


Maná and Alejandro Sanz sing for Punta Cana
In solidarity with the Punta Cana tourism destination, contemporary Mexican rock band Maná and Spanish singer/composer Alejandro Sanz are booked for the "Canto por Punta Cana" on Saturday, 14 December 2019 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in northern Punta Cana. The concert is a production by SD Concerts. Producer Saymon Díaz explains: The artists are coming together to create awareness on what tourism means for our country." He stressed the importance of Punta Cana as a leading destination for foreigners and Dominicans that appreciate good beach and hospitality.

Tickets are for sale at tuboleta.com.do, ticketexpress.com.do and at customer service outlets at La Sirena and Super Pola stores.

https://elnuevodiario.com.do/mana-y-...en-punta-cana/