Tourism is, without doubt, one of the most important economic activities of the Dominican Republic and one of the fastest growing in the Caribbean.
According to the statistics of the Central Banck of the Dominican Republic, in 2005 3 Millions 690 tourists visited the country. From January to October 2006 the same source informed that 3 Million 295 tourist had already visited the Dominican Republic.
The tourism boom has prompted a frenzy of hotel construction, particularly along the country’s northern coast, around Puerto Plata and Sosua and the southeastern coast, around Bavaro and Punta Cana. The latest estimates for the end of the year 2006, put the number of hotel rooms in the Dominican Republic at 60, 394.
The availability of hotel rooms and modern facilities to accommodate different interests has helped to make tourism one of the country’s most important industries, earning more than US$2.4 billion on foreign exchange.