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Term Tourism

Activities that take place during travel to places outside the usual environment of a population for the purpose of leisure or business, among others, for a period of time less than one consecutive year.

Tourism increased in the Dominican Republic in 2011 in comparison to 2010. For example, the total incoming tourists by air-- both Dominicans and foreigners-- was 409,539 and 407,615 in January and February, respectively, while in 2010 it was 404,264 and 395,779 for the same months. This increase is attributed to ongoing marketing campaigns for touristic areas of the country, and, reportedly, to the extreme winter temperatures in temperate countries, as well as to visits by volunteers to Haiti to assist in reconstruction efforts after the devastating earthquake in January 2010.

 As for the places of origin of the tourists, in 2010 visitors from North America accounted for 56.15%, of which 30.59% were Canadian and the rest from the United States. Meanwhile, Europeans accounted for 33%, and South Americans for 5.77%; Central Americans and Caribbeans accounted for 5.12% and 0.27% came from the rest the world.

In the past 10 years, the Ministries of Tourism and Environment have worked hard to make tourism activities in the country more environmentally sustainable. An example of this is that many resorts currently have their own waste treatment plants, and have created trails for wildlife viewing that help preserve the country’s natural areas and flora. These initiatives attract large masses of tourists.

See ecotourism.


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Topic  Sustainable developmentProtected areasEnvironmental pollution