Tourism September 21, 2019 | 7:27 am

Reservations are increased by almost 10% to Puerto Plata through Expedia

 The United States and Canada are the main issuers

 

During the first half of 2019, data from Expedia Group reveal that reservations to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, registered an increase of almost 10%.

In that sense, the market with the highest growth at Puerto Plata was the United States with 14% of American bookings.

The average length of stay was three days during the same period and the average reservation time went from 32 to 33 days.

Meanwhile, Canada was the second international destination whose demand grew to Puerto Plata from January to June 2019; almost 5%. The packages to Puerto Plata represented a little more than 40% of the demand during the first half of the year.

Regarding the behavior of the travelers, according to the numbers of the platform, the four-star properties represented almost 55% of the demand to Puerto Plata, while the three-star accommodations, was just over 42% of the demand. The data show travelers’ preference for luxury accommodations and complementary services, which is an opportunity for the hospitality industry in the Dominican Republic to offer attractive services to its guests.

Miriam Martínez, director of Market Management in the Caribbean highlighted: “The Dominican Republic is the second-largest country in the Caribbean, with rich nature, history, and culture. It has several of the best beaches in the world, amazing accommodation properties and a variety of attractions and activities for travelers to enjoy. That is why it remains a popular destination in the Expedia Group brand portfolio.”

“We are investing in the future so that our partners can focus on the present. We have radically revolutionized our business model and, as a travel platform, we offer our partners the best proven and data-based technology solution,” she added.

The global travel platform highlighted the importance of its collaboration with the Dominican market, so it participated in the eighth edition of Discover MarketPlace 2019 in Puerto Plata.

In that regard, an entire Expedia Group team offered a cocktail of thanks to executives and members of the local industry.

They accompanied Hernández, Alexandra Acosta and Ricardo Williams, Associate Market managers; and Alejandro Barragán, area manager of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, of the Expedia Group.