Dominican tourism experiences continuous growth rates that give it a privileged place in the Caribbean and Latin American context.
But the distribution of the bonanza is clearly unbalanced between the different Dominican poles and cities that aspire to receive the returns from tourism.
In the last 15 years, the Dominican Republic added three million tourists (non-resident foreigners) who come to enjoy its beaches more than anything else.
Of these new visitors, 87.3% went to Punta Cana, consolidating this destination as the great winner of public and private efforts to attract more tourists to the country.
If one considers the fact that the East was already the leader in arrivals, it is easy to conclude that this pole will remain the great winner among Dominican destinations, despite the efforts that have been made to promote other enclaves such as Puerto Plata or the southern region, called to become a new tourist destination.
After Punta Cana, the second destination most benefited from the growth of the last 15 years is Santo Domingo, with 10% of the additional tourists that arrived in the country.
The participation of the other poles does not reach 3% of the growth share, especially when some reduced the number of arrivals between 2002 and 2017.
Such is the case of Puerto Plata which, despite the efforts to stimulate the revival of its demand, decreased 6% during the last 15 years. The same has happened with La Romana, whose reduction in arrivals was 9%.