1998 was a good year for tourism, with an increase of foreign visitors of 8.6%. Minister of Tourism Felix Jim?nez said that the increase in visitors came primarily from the growth of traditional markets and the develoment of new source markets such as the Latin America market. He said growth was not greater because of the negative effect of the bad press campaign in the English market, the celebration of the World Soccer Cup, and Hurricane Georges. Canadian travelers to the DR were up 13.2%, the German market increased 12.7%, and the US market was up 10.8%. The French market showed the greatest increase of all, 67.6% . Chile grew 37.7%, while Argentina was up 24.8%.