The Dominican Republic has been the top vacation destination in the Caribbean since 2005, by a considerable margin, according to the World Bank.
- During the financial crisis of 2008-2009, the country’s tourism sector remained stable, with around 3.98 million and 3.99 million stay-over tourist arrivals, respectively, based on figures from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.
- In 2011, the country attracted more than 4.3 million stay-over visitors, up by 4.4% from a year earlier, despite weakness in the global economy.
- In 2012, tourism arrivals rose by 6% y-o-y to 4.56 stay-over million tourists
- In 2013, tourism arrivals rose 2.79% growth to 4.7 stay-over million tourists.
- In 2014, the country received around 5.14 million stay-over tourists, up by 9.6% from a year earlier, while the number of cruise ship passengers also increased 2.7% to 435,494 people over the same period.
- In 2015, non-resident stay-over tourists rose by 8.9% y-o-y to around 5.6 million,while cruise ship arrivals increased 21.5% to 528,999 people.