Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic exceeded the average stay of Cancun and Rivera Maya in Mexico last 2018, which ratifies the destination as one of the favorites in the Caribbean by tourists.
In addition, and in terms of the average stay, Punta Cana obtained an 8.4 overnight stays and on average daily tourist spending recorded at 136 dollars.
In that sense, the destination located in the eastern part of the country, recorded that the international visitors that lodged overnight in the past year were 3.88 million, which outlines a growth forecast for this 2019 of 1.89%.
Regarding the expenditure of overnight international visitors in 2018, Punta Cana obtained about 4.45 billion with a forecast of increase for this 2019 of 2.41%. The average daily spending is expected to be around $ 136.
Although this year, Cancun remains the number one destination in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), with more than 6 million international visitors staying overnight.
While the Riviera Maya ascended a place compared to last year, securing position number three; Both destinations (Punta Cana and Rivera Maya) registered more than 3 million international visitors during the night.
In that sense, the Punta Cana destination ranks second among the top ten cities in the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index.
The other cities are Mexico City, Lima in Peru, Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo in Brazil, Buenos Aires in Argentina, Cusco in Peru and Panama City.
Therefore, seven of the 10 main cities in the region received more international visitors who spend the night in 2018 than in the previous year, and the forecast for 2019 indicates a growth in general, where Panama City is expected to have the largest increase of number of visitors.
The United States continues to be the main contributor to tourism in Latin America and the Caribbean, as it is the number 1 city of origin in the 10 main destinations of LAC, except Santiago (where the US is at number 3), Sao Paulo ( USA at number 2) and Buenos Aires Paulo (USA is number 2). However, this observation is not unilateral.
Globally, this year the index revealed Bangkok as the number 1 city for the fourth consecutive year, while Paris surpasses London by number 2. The cities of the Asia-Pacific region have had the largest increase in international travelers since 2009, with a growth of 9.4%.
In comparison, Europe had the second highest growth and rose 5.5%. This is stimulated by the growth of travelers from mainland China.
While global travel trends always continue to change, what remains constant is that consumers expect a hassle-free travel experience, and Mastercard works diligently to support and enable cities to meet those expectations.
Travel spending is equally important, as it can provide local officials and businesses with a better perspective on how to plan and promote travel and tourism capabilities.
“In today’s interconnected world, travel has become an important part of how we work and live. Despite the uncertainty in the world and all our differences, traveling literally brings us closer, ”said Carlos Menendez, president of Mastercard Enterprise Partnerships.
“Since travel does not show signs of slowing down, it is important that we understand how travel impacts destination cities in a positive way, but also the challenges that visitors can pose to local city systems. This is important for travelers, businesses, governments and residents alike, and that is why we partner closely with cities and organizations around the world, to ensure they have the information and solutions they need to preserve the uniqueness of the place while seizing opportunities, ”he added.