Travel statistics just released by the Central Bank confirm that 2003 will be a record year for the tourism industry in the Dominican Republic. The number of foreign tourist arrivals during the first 11 months of the year at 2,496,717 is more than ever registered in a single year. In addition, some 440,339 non-resident Dominicans have visited this year, for a total of non-resident arrivals of 2,937,056, also a new record for the DR. The Central Bank attributes the increase in part to the depreciation of the peso that makes travel to the Dominican Republic even more attractive. Nationwide, hotel occupancies were up to 727%, 10 points more than last year’s average. The Punta Cana region continued to show the strongest market hold, with an 84% occupancy rate, and 47% of all tourists arriving at that port of entry. Santo Domingo (Las Americas) was second with 22%, Puerto Plata posted 18%, La Romana received 9%, and Santiago (Cibao) received 3% of the inflow.