November 1, 2001
Last year's 2.5 million foreign visitors prove the Dominican Republic is doing something right when it comes to tourism. Recent growth has been robust despite occasional shocks, such as Hurricane Georges in 1998 or the immediate collapse in the value of the euro, which made the Dominican Republic a more expensive destination for continental European visitors.
In 1994, when the country was already attracting 1.3 million foreign visitors a year, there were 29,000 hotel rooms. Now there are 52
Sun and sand will always be a winning combination for holidaymakers. But can the Dominican Republic improve its prospects by diversifying to attract the world's high rollers?