Punta Cana, situated on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, has develop into internationally famend as an exquisite tropical trip paradise with luxurious, eco-chic, value-priced, lodging. In reality, Punta Cana has now develop into the #1 vacationer vacation spot in your entire Caribbean — and this wonderful transformation has occurred over simply 28 years! This information has been reported in most of the fashionable journey magazines and journey web sites. I would like you to know that this stat relies on REAL information, not simply advertising hype. The stats are gathered by the Caribbean Tourism Group, a non-profit which retains shut tabs on 29 nations within the Caribbean Area.
Beneath, I’ll focus on this information in additional element. My dialogue will middle across the information launched in 2010 because the Caribbean Tourism Group has not but revealed the December stats for 2011 so there’s not but an entire information set for that yr. Nevertheless, for those who research the info accessible for the primary 11 months of 2011, the general tendencies stay the identical.
The Dominican Republic acquired extra non-resident airport arrivals than every other nation within the Caribbean, simply beating out Cuba, the second hottest vacationer vacation spot. The next is a fast reference checklist so that you can view the highest 10 Caribbean locations together with the full quantity reported for non-resident airport arrivals:
1. Dominican Republic – 4,124,543
2. Cuba – 2,531,745
3. Cancun Mexico – 2,106,485
4. Jamaica – 1,921,678
5. Puerto Rico – 1,369,814
6. The Bahamas – 1,368,053
7. Aruba – 825,451
8. 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 decide the Dominican Republic overwhelmingly as their #1 favourite Caribbean trip spot. Their subsequent favourite is Cuba. America has a detailed Four method race between Cancun Mexico, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Cancun edges out the opposite Three however the Dominican Republic gained 6.8% in only one yr and this pattern is continuous. Punta Cana is now the #1 vacation spot throughout the Dominican Republic for US People, changing Puerto Plata on the north coast, which was #1. Canadians additionally appear to actually just like the Dominican Republic, particularly Punta Cana, selecting it as their second favourite Caribbean trip spot after Cuba. Please notice that United States residents are usually not allowed to journey to Cuba.
So, with this convincing information in thoughts, let me ask:
How did Punta Cana get so fashionable?
With many fashionable vacationer locations, it could be troublesome to pin-point one particular factor that made the realm soar in recognition. 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 all the things and utterly remodeled this area into the mega-popular vacationer vacation spot it’s right now.
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Punta Cana is totally beautiful. It affords expansive silky white sandy seashores with a heat glowing blue sea lapping alongside its shoreline. It’s so inviting it calls you in – some say it even “seduces” you. Once you add to that the thick grove of coconut palm timber swaying within the tropical breeze alongside your entire coast on this area, you might have the enduring 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.
Nevertheless, 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 Worldwide Airport (PUJ). In Spanish, the official language of the Dominican Republic, this worldwide airport is named, “Aeropuerto Internacional de Punta Cana.”
You see, irrespective of how spectacular a spot is, you probably have no handy and fairly priced technique to attain the realm, it will not be seen by many individuals. Earlier than the Punta Cana Worldwide Airport was constructed, the tiny air strip that had been in-built 1971 couldn’t deal with the big measurement jet planes. Moreover, with a view to get there from one other nation, you needed to fly into Santa Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, after which endure a Four hour bumpy bus or taxi trip to Punta Cana. The unpaved highway was slim and filled with gigantic potholes. The highway would additionally wash out in heavy rains and motorized autos have been typically held up by horse visitors, making the tempo depressing for weary vacationers desirous to get to their resort.
The air visitors of the PUJ has grown by leaps and bounds and is on the right track this yr (2012) to serve greater than Four million folks! It now receives much more visitors than the subsequent busiest airport within the capital of Santo Dominigo. There isn’t a different privately funded airport on the planet that even comes near this diploma of enterprise success.
Individuals come to Punta Cana from everywhere in the world now. Worldwide airways that serve the Punta Cana Airport are Air Canada, AirTran, American Airways, 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 Holidays and served PUJ for a very long time as nicely. Canadian constitution airways to the Punta Cana Airport embrace Air Transat, Sunwig, Skyservice, and Canjet. They run through the chilly bleak Canadian winters.
So, an space that started with very humble beginnings about Four a long time in the past, now generally offers beds for greater than 70,000 folks at one time. Punta Cana has positively established itself as one of many high locations world vacationers consider going. And… there is no finish in sight for the expansion of this space. The roughly 39 mile Punta Cana coast has basically been a “gold rush” for the most important resort firms, particularly the Spanish owned ones, because the space was opened up by the worldwide airport. Stylish excessive rise resorts, completely sited to reap the benefits of the view, have sprung up nearly in a single day. The infrastructure has additionally vastly improved as cash for giant tasks has poured in.
The Europeans and the Canadians appeared to have “found” Punta Cana earlier than the US People did. Nevertheless, over the past 10-15 years, the US People have been quickly catching up. In reality, this has occurred at such a fast price, total resorts have been constructed to cater particularly to the US People because the customs of the Europeans and the People typically conflict a bit throughout the resorts, though some US People favor the European ambiance.
US People and Canadians within the Japanese Commonplace 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 financial savings time when it is just one hour totally different. Even a visit from the west coast of america or Canada is a comparatively straightforward journey whenever 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 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 traders in Grupo Punta Cana who privately funded the airport. Since they have been under-funded for a mission of this magnitude, Frank Rainieri approached a Dominican structure main at Pratt College. He agreed to do it at no cost to determine a reputation for himself. He has since develop into fairly well-known and has been paid nicely for different tasks within the Dominican Republic.
Initially, Grupo Punta Cana tried to get the Dominican Republic authorities to fund, or not less than partially fund, the constructing of the worldwide airport however after Eight years they discovered they needed to fund it privately completely on their very own. They need to 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 although or the mission would have by no means gotten off the bottom.
So, there you might have it. The tourism success of the Punta Cana coast hinged on one factor: constructing a global airport able to giving vacationers straightforward and inexpensive entry to this lovely paradise. It took unimaginable imaginative and prescient and perseverance.