According to the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, the Dominican Republic saw the volume of non-resident stopover arrivals increase by 5.1% in December, growing from 626,755 arrivals in December 2017 to 659,008 arrivals in December 2018. Stopover arrivals from the USA grew by 7.7%, from 181,141 arrivals in December 2017 to 195,173 arrivals in December 2018.
During calendar year 2018 the Dominican Republic saw a 6.2% increase in the volume of stopover arrivals, growing from 6,187,542 arrivals in 2017 to 6,568,888 arrivals in calendar year 2018. Arrivals from the USA increased by 8.8% in 2018, growing from 2,146,448 arrivals in 2017 to 2,334,987 arrivals in calendar year 2018.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.