Canada is the Dominican Republic’s second biggest source of tourists, with 837,721 last year alone, on 80 weekly flights, acording to Canada ambassador in Santo Domingo Shauna Hemingway.
The diplomat spoke in the conference “Canada and the Dominican Republic, towards a more inclusive, prosperous and sustainable world,” hosted by the Santo Domingo Herrera Rotary Club.
The Dominican Republic, Cuba and Jamaica topped the leader board as Canadians’ preferred Caribbean vacation destinations for 2017. But the northern country that is normally a robust market for the Caribbean tourism region, recorded a decrease in visits in 2016 for the first time since 1994, which was only the second decline since 1982.
The 3.3 million arrivals from Canada to the Caribbean in 2016 represented a 3.4-per-cent drop over 2015.
According to a study titled “Capturing the Canadian Consumer: Insights into the Path to Purchase for Canadian Travelers” published by Travelweek Group, a Canada’s travel trade news source, Canadians spend an estimated 35 billion dollars on outbound travel annually, which translates into more bookings and more commissions for agents.
For travel agents, this means knowing where Canadians are travelling, how they’re booking, when they’re booking, and what they’re doing when they get to their end destination, the study added.
The report included findings of a survey of 1,505 Canadians, of which 22 percent said they didn’t care what time of year they travel. Another 39 percent of respondents said that their trips typically take place during the first six months of the year, while the remaining balance (37 percent) preferred to travel in the second half.
Regardless of province of residence, the United States is the most frequently considered – and visited – country for Canadians. The Caribbean and Europe are in second place in the preference. The study added that for 46 pecent of Canadian travelers family vacations are the clear favorite type of international leisure vacation during the past 24 months.
Beaches and romance are second and third on that list.