Arrivals of non-resident passengers by air were up 6.84% for the first three quarters of the year. From January to October 2012, 242,648 more travelers came, for a total of 3,788,845 non-resident arrivals. Of this total, 209,465 were foreign non-resident arrivals. The increase is attributed to promotional campaigns in international markets that have led to an increase in flights from a range of source markets and agreements between tour operators, travel agencies and airlines. Total travel for the first nine months of the year was 4,190,524 or 6.45% more, and 253,857 additional passengers. Statistics, notwithstanding, reflect a lull in traffic in October, when there was only a 1.14% increase due to the Tropical Storm Sandy that resulted in flight cancellations.
Punta Cana continues to be the airport of choice for tourists with 2,005,156 choosing to travel to this beach destination, or 61.20% of total arrivals. Las Americas (SDQ) is second with 20.96, next is Puerto Plata (POP) with 9.05, Cibao (4.33%), El Catey and La Romana (1.81% each).
Research shows that 93% of tourists visiting came for leisure reasons, and 88.6% stayed at hotels. Local tourism is young, with 65% between the ages of 21 and 49.