According to the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic saw the volume of stopover arrivals increase by 1.3% in August 2018, growing from 445,444 arrivals in August 2017 to 451,227 arrivals in August 2018. Stopover arrivals from the USA grew by 5.0%, from 196,486 in August 2017 to 206,246 in August 2018, grew by 7.2% from South America, from 59,579 in August 2017 to 63,844 in August 2018 but fell by 10.0% from Europe, from 120,454 stopover visitors in August 2017 to 108,418 stopover visitors in August 2018.
Through the first eight months of 2018 the Dominican Republic saw a 4.3% increase in the volume of stopover arrivals, growing from 3,861,774 arrivals in the first eight months of 2017 to 4,027,620 arrivals in the same eight months of 2018. Arrivals from the USA increased by 7.5% in the first eight months of 2018, growing from 1,633,141 arrivals in 2017 to 1,755,092 arrivals in the same eight months of 2018 while arrivals from South America grew by 11.1% in the first eight months of 2018, growing from 456,725 stopovers in 2017 to 507,602 stopovers in 2018. However, the number of visitors from Europe fell by 5.5% in the first eight months of 2018, falling from 953,056 cruise visitors in 2017 to 900,299 in 2018.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.