Dominican Republic tourism is leading the way among Caribbean nations, according to recent data released from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
The numbers show that the Dominican Republic saw 5.1 million visitors in 2014—the most of any Caribbean nation and an increase of 9.6% from 2013. In the entire Caribbean region, 26.3 million visitors arrived in 2014, up 5.2% from 25 million in 2013.
A rebounding economy in the United States is partly to credit for the increase in numbers. The United States is the source of just under half of all visitors to the region, while the EU makes up around 20% and Canada around 12%.
Hotel occupancy rates and revenue in the Caribbean increased along with the jump in visitors, as well. In 2014, average revenue per available room in the region was up 5.7%, according to Smith Travel Research.
Tourism growth in the Caribbean is vital for many economies in the region. The CTO forecasts further tourism growth for the region, expecting an increase of 5% in the numbers of visitors for 2015.
Top Five Caribbean Countries For Number Of Visitors
Dominican Republic: 5.14 million
Cuba: 3 million
Jamaica: 2.08 million
Puerto Rico: 1.4 million
Aruba: 1.07 million
Top Five Caribbean Countries For Largest Increase In Visitors
Turks and Caicos: Up 40.6%
Grenada: Up 18.4%
Montserrat: Up 13.5%
Cayman Islands: Up 10.8%
Haiti: Up 10.8%