tourism situation in DR seems to be better now...

robbiee

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I'm in Las Terrenas and I see a lot of tourists...LOTS of them..it seems to be much better than in 2013....

I was in Sosua 2 months ago and it was the same....good for the country and its people... :)
 

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I'm in Las Terrenas and I see a lot of tourists...LOTS of them..it seems to be much better than in 2013....

I was in Sosua 2 months ago and it was the same....good for the country and its people... :)

The cold weather in NA has pushed many to find a nice tropical destination
 

Jaime809

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I'm in Las Terrenas and I see a lot of tourists...LOTS of them..it seems to be much better than in 2013....

I was in Sosua 2 months ago and it was the same....good for the country and its people... :)

Spring break time
 

Kipling333

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yes Robbiee it is the same all over the DR . I have never seen so many tourists in Zona Colonial and I am told that Bayahibe is going along very well ..I suppose if we read and believed all the statistics on tourism , we would not be surprised because there has been a good increase in the numbers ..and also in the number of cruise boats coming here . Personally I am quite glad when summer comes around and we are not surrounded by tourists .
 

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Keep in mind that every year after tourist season, people mention how few tourists there are. We are in tourist season now up until April regarding snow birds. In Cabarete, the kite surfers who want the best winds will come in the summer time, so we actually have two high seasons in Cabarete with winter being more people normally than summer.
 

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It's the weather in Canada and the US that's done it, not any great remarkable change in the "wondairs" of the DR. The exchange rate favors NorteAmericanos, too......
 

robbiee

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not really, I talked with Dominicans and they seeem to ba happy with situation. Also I see A LOT of Euro Guys...while Sosua is of course dominated by North American, like it always was....
Keep in mind that every year after tourist season, people mention how few tourists there are. We are in tourist season now up until April regarding snow birds. In Cabarete, the kite surfers who want the best winds will come in the summer time, so we actually have two high seasons in Cabarete with winter being more people normally than summer.
 

windeguy

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not really, I talked with Dominicans and they seeem to ba happy with situation. Also I see A LOT of Euro Guys...while Sosua is of course dominated by North American, like it always was....

When I got here, Sosua did not seem to be dominated by North Americans. This year is perhaps a bit better than recent years, but still not as good as the past for the North Coast.
 

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It is unfortunate that very few come back. Most are not impressed and those that do return are of the all inclusive variety.
 

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The exchange rate is not good for Canadians and there still seems to be lots of us here this winter.
 

Ron Anjero

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Agree retiree - CDN exchange is brutal. But not as bad as -30C and over 11.5 feet - 3.5 meters of snow on the East Coast!
 

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My guess is that the big hotels in Bavaro and Punta Cana are really bulging and that is where the tourist numbers really tot up these days.......and the tourism 8% of GDP.
 

ramesses

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Gee, I was on Sosua beach almost everyday last week. Other than the weekend when the beach is full of Dominicans, I thought that the high season had ended...very empty toward past years. I was thinking the Dominican beach visitors are up.
 

the gorgon

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My guess is that the big hotels in Bavaro and Punta Cana are really bulging and that is where the tourist numbers really tot up these days.......and the tourism 8% of GDP.

i want you to explain to me how tourism accounts for 8% of GDP....
 

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i want you to explain to me how tourism accounts for 8% of GDP....

The statisticians who compile the figure need to advise you........but you can find a number of that magnitude if you 'Google' DR tourism as percentage of GDP. It was 7.7% in 2013.........I'm sure there are numbers for 2014 which should be higher...... but be mindful with the Barrick renegotiated deal the mining percentage would have moved upwards and affected other percentages
 

the gorgon

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The statisticians who compile the figure need to advise you........but you can find a number of that magnitude if you 'Google' DR tourism as percentage of GDP. It was 7.7% in 2013.........I'm sure there are numbers for 2014 which should be higher...... but be mindful with the Barrick renegotiated deal the mining percentage would have moved upwards and affected other percentages

they don?t need to advise me. i read the numbers, and they make zero sense. here is why

the nominal GDP of the DR is roughly 60 billion. therefore, by the number of 8%, then the DR receives 5 billion from tourism expenditure.

last year, the DR received 5 million tourists. therefore, the average spend per head is 1000 dollars.

let us factor leakage into the equation. the average leakage for tourism in the region is 79%. for each dollar a tourist spends on a caribbean vacation, 79 cents leak out, by different means. so, the 5 billion represents 21% of the money visitors spend.

that means that each visitor spends nearly 5 thousand dollars on his vacation, including hotel, airfare, and hospitality.

i don?t believe it.
 

Jaime809

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that means that each visitor spends nearly 5 thousand dollars on his vacation, including hotel, airfare, and hospitality.

i don?t believe it.

The airfare money doesn't go into the DR economy, only the portion that reflects DR taxes. Your earlier figure of $1000/head makes more sense, as it'd be about $125-150/day/person (not an unreasonable average, given the condos rent for $50/night and Hard Rock charges $400-500/night) for 5-7 days. Also factor in $50-100 in cab fare (both ways, including those that get duped) for each tourist or family. $1000/person an easy figure to hit.