Punta Cana, situated on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, has turn out to be internationally famend as a wonderful tropical trip paradise with luxurious, eco-chic, value-priced, lodging. In reality, Punta Cana has now turn out to be the # 1 vacationer vacation spot in the whole Caribbean – and this wonderful transformation has occurred over simply 28 years! This information has been reported in lots of the standard journey magazines and journey web sites. I need you to know that this stat relies on REAL information, not simply advertising and marketing hype. The statistics are collected by the Caribbean Tourism Organization, a non-profit which retains shut tabs on 29 international locations within the Caribbean Region.
Below, I’ll talk about this information in additional element. My dialogue will heart across the information launched in 2010 because the Caribbean Tourism Organization has not but revealed the December stats for 2011 so there’s not but an entire information set for that yr. However, in the event you research the info obtainable for the primary 11 months of 2011, the general tendencies stay the identical.
The Dominican Republic acquired extra non-resident airport arrivals than another nation within the Caribbean, simply beating out Cuba, the second hottest vacationer vacation spot. The following is a fast reference record so that you can view the highest 10 Caribbean locations together with the full quantity reported for non-resident airport arrivals:
1. Dominican Republic – four,124,543
2. Cuba – 2,531,745
three. Cancun Mexico – 2,106,485
four. Jamaica – 1,921,678
5. Puerto Rico – 1,369,814
6. The Bahamas – 1,368,053
7. Aruba – 825,451
eight. The US Virgin Islands – 691,194
9. Martinique – 476,492
10. St. Maartin – 443,136
Now, let's break these stats down much more into European journey, US American journey, and Canadian journey. Europeans choose the Dominican Republic overwhelmingly as their # 1 favourite Caribbean trip spot. Their subsequent favourite is Cuba. The United States has an in depth four method race between Cancun Mexico, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Cancun edges out the opposite three however the Dominican Republic gained 6.eight% in only one yr and this development is constant. Punta Cana is now the # 1 vacation spot throughout the Dominican Republic for US Americans, changing Puerto Plata on the north coast, which was once # 1. Canadians additionally appear to essentially just like the Dominican Republic, particularly Punta Cana, selecting it as their second favourite Caribbean trip spot after Cuba. Please be aware that United States residents should not allowed to journey to Cuba.
So, with this convincing information in thoughts, let me ask:
How did Punta Cana get so standard?
With many standard vacationer locations, it could be tough to pin-point one particular factor that made the world soar in reputation. Not so with Punta Cana. On the Punta Cana coast, which stretches for about 39 miles from Bavaro within the north to Cap Cana within the south, there’s one simply identifiable occasion that came about in 1984 that modified actually every part and fully reworked this area into the mega-popular vacationer Destination it’s in the present day.
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Punta Cana is completely attractive. It gives expansive silky white sandy seashores with a heat glowing blue sea lapping alongside its shoreline. It is so inviting it calls you in – some say it even "seduces" you. When you add to that the thick grove of coconut palm bushes shifting within the tropical breeze alongside the whole coast on this area, you’ve gotten the long-lasting Caribbean paradise seen on post-cards despatched to these again residence who weren’t fortunate sufficient to go on The journey however who will certainly want that they had.
However, earlier than 1984 few folks actually knew about this tropical gem. It remained largely undiscovered by most world vacationers till the development of the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ). In Spanish, the official language of the Dominican Republic, this worldwide airport known as, "Aeropuerto Internacional de Punta Cana."
You see, regardless of how spectacular a spot is, when you have no handy and fairly priced option to attain the world, it is not going to be seen by many individuals. Before the Punta Cana International Airport was constructed, the tiny air strip that had been inbuilt 1971 couldn’t deal with the massive dimension jet planes. Furthermore, so as to get there from one other nation, you needed to fly into Santa Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, after which finish a four hour bumpy bus or taxi experience to Punta Cana. The unpaved street was slim and filled with gigantic potholes. The street would additionally wash out in heavy rains and motorized autos have been typically held up by horse site visitors, making the tempo depressing for weary vacationers eager to get to their lodge.
The air site visitors of the PUJ has grown by leaps and bounds and is on track this yr (2012) to serve greater than four million folks! It now receives much more site visitors than the subsequent busiest airport within the capital of Santo Dominigo. There is not any different privately financed fund on this planet that even comes near this diploma of enterprise success.
People come to Punta Cana from everywhere in the world now. International airways that serve the Punta Cana Airport are Air Canada, AirTran, American Airlines, British Airways, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, KLM, Spirit, United, US Airways, and Westjet. USA 300, lately defunct (as of January 30, 2012), was established by Apple Vacations and served PUJ for a very long time as properly. Canadian constitution airways to the Punta Cana Airport embrace Air Transat, Sunwig, Skyservice, and Canjet. They run throughout the chilly bleak Canadian winters.
So, an space that started with very humble beginnings about four a long time in the past, now generally supplies beds for greater than 70,000 folks at one time. Punta Cana has definitively established itself as one of many high locations world vacationers consider going. And … there's no finish in sight for the expansion of this space. The roughly 39 mile Punta Cana coast has primarily been a "gold rush" for the most important lodge companies, particularly the Spanish owned ones, for the reason that space was opened up by the worldwide airport. Classy excessive rise resorts, completely sited to make the most of the view, have sprung up virtually in a single day. The infrastructure has additionally vastly improved as cash for large tasks has poured in.
The Europeans and the Canadians appeared to have "discovered" Punta Cana earlier than the US Americans did. However, over the past 10-15 years, the US Americans have been quickly catching up. In reality, this has occurred at such a fast charge, total resorts have been constructed to cater particularly to the US Americans because the customs of the Europeans and the Americans typically conflict a bit throughout the resorts, though some US Americans choose the European ambiance.
US Americans and Canadians within the Eastern Standard Time Zone can depart on a direct flight within the morning and arrive in Punta Cana by mid-day with no jet lag because the time zones are the identical, besides throughout daylight saving time when it’s only one Hour totally different. Even a visit from the west coast of the United States or Canada is a reliably simple journey while you evaluate it to different equally unique locations.
The Punta Cana Airport additionally matches in properly with the Dominican panorama and makes a pleasant first impression when vacationers enter the nation. It has an open-air design with a picturesque thatched roof manufactured from palm fronds. All of the supplies used to construct the airport have been introduced in from native sources together with palm, native wooden, and native coral. This was a really intentional effort by Frank Rainieri and the opposite buyers in Grupo Punta Cana who privately funded the airport. Since they have been under-funded for a undertaking of this magnitude, Frank Rainieri approached a Dominican structure main at Pratt University. He agreed to do it at no cost to determine a reputation for himself. He has since turn out to be fairly well-known and has been paid properly for different tasks within the Dominican Republic.
Originally, Grupo Punta Cana tried to get the Dominican Republic authorities to fund, or no less than partly fund, the constructing of the worldwide airport however after eight years they discovered they needed to fund it privately fully on their very own. They must be credited for his or her imaginative and prescient and persistence as a result of a privately funded airport of this magnitude had by no means been constructed earlier than. They did have the a lot wanted approval and cooperation of the Dominican Republic authorities though or the undertaking would have by no means gotten off the bottom.
So, there you’ve gotten it. The tourism success of the Punta Cana coast hinged on one factor: constructing a world airport able to giving vacationers simple and reasonably priced entry to this lovely paradise. It took unimaginable imaginative and prescient and perseverance.