DR1 Travel News - 7 May 2019



La Romana fly in
Willy Pumarol places third in Puerto Plata Open, qualifies for Pan Am Games
Travel up 4.6% in first quarter
Victor Manuelle booked for Puerto Plata Amphitheater

La Romana fly in
A group of 12 small private planes landed at La Romana International Airport on Sunday, 5 May 2019. The Fly In 2019 is organized by tourism promoter Jim Parker with the Ministry of Tourism and Dominican aviation authorities. The tourists are spending three nights at Casa de Campo.

Airport Department director Marino A. Collante Gómez says this is the third fly in the country receives this year. He says private plane tourism accounts for around 40,000 flights a year in the Caribbean. These travelers primarily visit the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands.


Willy Pumarol places third in Puerto Plata Open, qualifies for Pan Am Games
The winner of the Puerto Plata Open PGA Tour Latinoamerica this year was Chilean Cristóbal del Solar, who received a cash prize of US$31,500. He repeated the win from a year ago. The tournament was played from 2-5 May 2019 at the Playa Dorada Golf Course in Puerto Plata. It had a purse of US$175,000.

In the final round, local player Willy Pumarol had lead. The 30-year old Dominican golf player would end up placing third. That third place, though, was enough for him to become the first Dominican golfer to win a slot to play in a Panamerican Games, the summer Lima, Peru games. The Puerto Plata Open was a qualifier for those games.

Overall, it was a good tournament for Pumarol. He was No. 90 in earnings a week ago, but his tie for third in the Puerto Plata Open moved him up 71 positions after his $10,150 payday. He moved up in the golf ranking to position 1,305.

Another local, 21-year old Juan José Guerra was the winner of the best amateur trophy during the Puerto Plata Open.


Travel up 4.6% in first quarter
First quarter tourist travel to the Dominican Republic was up by 81,823 passengers, 4.6% more than in January-March 2018. Of the number of passengers, 61,838 were non-resident visitors. Arrivals totaled 1,876,144 travelers.

Travel from North America was up 8.2%, or 81,128 visitors more for the first quarter.

On the downside, travel from Europe declined 4%. Declines were reported for Germany (-7,591), Sweden (-4,368), United Kingdom (-4,293), Spain (-3,282, Portugal (-3,159), Belgium (-1,203) and Switzerland (-1,117). The declines are attributed to the strength of the US dollar compared to European currency.

Nevertheless, long haul travel to the country was up from Russia (+4,975), Poland (+2,380), Ukraine (+2,049), Italy (+1,099), Romania (+1,082).

Tourists are mainly coming from the United States, Canada and Mexico, with 65.1% of the total. This includes 40.9% that came from the United States.
21.6% came from Europe, 10.4% from South America, and 2.6% from Central America and the Caribbean.

66.4% of tourist arrivals landed at the Punta Cana International Airport, located near around 100 hotels and resorts on an extended 70-km beach strip. Dominican statistics show that 1,097,518 passengers flew into the Punta Cana airport. The next airport in number of arrivals was Las Americas, with 14.5%, and Puerto Plata, with 9.7% of arrivals.

Central Bank statistics reveal that 95.7% of the non-resident arrivals said they came for leisure, 1.3% for business. 94.9% would be staying at hotels. Of the total arrivals, 51.8% are ages 21-49. 53.2% are female and 46.8% male.


Victor Manuelle booked for Puerto Plata Amphitheater
Mark the date: Saturday, 11 May 2019. Puerto Rican salsa singer, songwriter and sonero, Victor Manuelle is booked for a performance as part of his Tours 25/7 at the Puerto Plata Amphitheater at 9pm. Tickets are for sale at CCN Servicios, Supermercados Nacional and Jumbo stores. Prices are RD$870, RD$2,165, RD$5,415 and RD$8,660.