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Tourist arrival statistics for May 09

May stats for tourist arrivals show Canada as the leading source of tourists for the Dominican Republic so far this year. Some 21,491 more Canadians visited this May than in May 2008.
Travel this May was also up from emerging markets, namely Russia (4,730 more travelers), Portugal (+2,514), Ecuador (+1,734) and Sweden (+1,009).
But the economic crisis took its toll on travel from the US (down 24,701), France (-21,691), Spain (-18,185), Germany (-9,931) and Italy (-8,121).
Non-resident tourist arrivals so far accounted for in the first five months was 1,814,584, 3.69% down from the same period in 2008.
Punta Cana continued to be the preferred point of entry for foreign arrivals, with 56,72% of visitors. Las Americas (Santo Domingo) was next with 17.50% market share, Puerto Plata with 16.57%, La Romana with 4.54% and the airports of Cibao, La Isabela (in northern Santo Domingo) and El Catey (Samana) showed the remaining 4.67%.
The Central Bank says that for every 100 tourists, 57 are 21 to 49 years old.
Of the foreign non-resident arrivals, 90.9% stayed at hotels.
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Canadian business leader meets with tourism minister

CABRERA- A Canadian business leader hailed the Tourism Ministry’s decision to motor the development of the town Cabrera, in the country’s northeast, noting that it’s a very attractive area for international investors.

Rebecca McDonald, who built a villa at a cost of more than US$20.0 million in Orchid Bay, a gated community in Cabrera, said she’s happy with Tourism minister Francisco Javier Garcia’s interest when he announced the opening of a Project Planning Office and for visualizing that tourism region’s re-launching.

She also praised the announced construction of a seaside boulevard (malecon), as well as Garcia’s effort with government agencies to solve the zone’s energy and potable water problems. “I’m very happy that you, the Minister of Tourism, are here as part of your interest to draw attention to this place that is so pretty.”

McDonald said she’s been visiting Dominican Republic since around 20 years ago and the land’s beauty and the warmth of its people is what led her to invest in a villa, which serves as lodging for businesspersons, politicians and international personalities who wish to spend some time here.

She added that the Dominican’s gentleness and this land’s beauty have made her promote it to investors and visitors, who enjoy the warm of this Caribbean destination.