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Old 03-06-2012, 04:36 AM
 
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Why would you say people generally don't want to go to the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC when they think of the Caribbean?

It's always seemed a much overlooked destination. But, it's typical Caribbean, and I believe statistically quite a bit safer than most other Caribbean destinations.

So, what's your take on as to why?
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Old 03-06-2012, 04:46 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I suppose it's not one of those traditional holiday destinations in the Caribbean, and the lack of tourism infrastructure makes people think it is more of an adventurous place to go. Maybe it was very dangerous in the past and it has taken time for those stereotypes to pass?

Jamaica is very dangerous but it still seems popular.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:51 AM
 
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What people are you talking about? For Americans and Canadians, the DR is one of the top travel destination.


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I suppose it's not one of those traditional holiday destinations in the Caribbean, and the lack of tourism infrastructure makes people think it is more of an adventurous place to go. Maybe it was very dangerous in the past and it has taken time for those stereotypes to pass?

Jamaica is very dangerous but it still seems popular.
As for the bold, umm....NO.

and Jamaica is only dangerous in small pockets where most tourist would never set foot in.

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Old 03-06-2012, 12:58 PM
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According to the UN's World Tourism Organization, it's the most visited destination in the Caribbean and amongst the top 10 in the Americas(as of '10). It not overlooked, it just doesn't have a strong brand. The country sells itself as a cheap destination, fun-in-the-sun and all that.
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Old 03-06-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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According to the UN's World Tourism Organization, it's the most visited destination in the Caribbean and amongst the top 10 in the Americas(as of '10). It not overlooked, it just doesn't have a strong brand. The country sells itself as a cheap destination, fun-in-the-sun and all that.
Yeah, I haven't heard of it being overlooked at all. It sells itself as a good package deal for those on a budget or the sex tourist destination of the Caribbean. It doesn't have the name recognition of Jamaica or the bahamas but I don't think people avoid the Dominican Republic, they just haven't heard of it as much...
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:12 PM
 
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Which people are you talking about? DR is one of the pitstops in many Carribean cruises.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:20 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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i think the DR is the most popular caribbean country for american tourists.
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Near Tours, France about 47°10'N 0°25'E
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It should depends of the countries, because here in France Jamaica is not at all a destination we think about in the caribean, while the Republica Dominicana definitly is/
I-ve been there a few years ago and the hotel was about 25%french, 20% Italians, 25%Spanish, 20% other Europeans, and only a few north Americans. I tend to think that in Jamaica you won't find many french tourists.
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:19 AM
 
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In Jamaica they have resorts they are always try to push, but the place has got a very bad rep.
In Spain, DR is very popular and most of the resorts are Spanish, so there's a constant promotion.
Cuba is also popular, but more expensive and complex.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:24 AM
 
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European dominated tourism: Dominican Republic, Cuba, Martinique, Guadaloupe, British Virgin Islands

American dominated tourism: Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Aruba, Cayman Islands

In blue are the islands/countries that collectively receive the majority of tourists to the Caribbean (over 80%).

Of those, the numbers stand like this:

Dominican Republic: over 4 million tourists a year (over half visit Punta Cana and in second place stands Puerto Plata)

Puerto Rico: around 3 million* (over 90% visit San Juan and its Metro area)

Cuba: over 2 million (most visit Havana and Varadero)

Jamaica: over 1.5 million (dominated by Montego Bay / Negril areas)

* Since Puerto Rico is a U.S. Commonwealth (aka, US colony and will continue to be one until they either become a state or go independent), it goes without saying that over 90% of its tourists are Americans. However, since traveling to PR is like traveling to any other state, it is not considered international tourism, but rather domestic. Puerto Rico is a very small player when it comes to attracting tourists that need an actual passport to get there. Some may say it has to do with U.S. travel restrictions, and maybe there is something to that, since, for example, Orlando in Florida receives an insane amount of tourists (I think its over 30 million) but only 3 million of those are international and a similar phenomenon occurs in other popular American destinations (NYC, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Chicago, etc).

All the other islands have an international tourist base, even the ones dominated by Americans, like Jamaica.
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