The National Association of Hotels and Restaurants (Asonahores) estimated that this tourist segment will move 195 billion dollars in 2021.
The Dominican Republic has become one of the Caribbean destinations of reference for luxury tourism. This is due to its wide offer of five-star resorts, designer golf courses, haute cuisine restaurants, select boutique hotels and shopping malls with designer shops.
In this regard, Karyna Font-Bernard, director of the Tourist Promotion Office of the Dominican Republic in Spain and Portugal, said: “For some years now the luxury sector has been gaining strength as one of the dynamic segments of tourism in the country, supported by first class facilities and an experiential proposal that emphasizes authenticity, uniqueness and exclusivity.
In turn, the National Association of Hotels and Restaurants (Asonahores) estimated that luxury tourism could generate 195.27 billion U.S. dollars in 2021. The rise of this tourism segment, which has a major multiplier effect on the local economy, is attracting different investors, both domestic and foreign, and operators specializing in the premium service.
Luxury resorts and villas
Luxury resorts and villas are the stars of one of the most common stamps in the Caribbean country. These accommodations usually face the Caribbean Sea or the Atlantic Ocean, as well as surrounded by palm trees and coconut palms. Under this framework, operators specialized in the premium market offer both suites and high-end villas.
One of the most exclusive residential communities on the Atlantic coast of the Dominican Republic is Playa Grande Golf & Ocean Club, which offers luxury oceanfront villas. On the east coast, complexes such as Tortuga Bay, which belongs to Grupo Puntacana Resort & Club, stand out and is the only one in the country that has a 5 Diamond category. Their villas, as anecdotal information, bear the signature of the designer Oscar de la Renta.
Marinas and shopping
On the other hand, the Dominican Republic has one of the most extensive coastlines in the Antilles, with more than 1,500 kilometers of marinas with the capacity to receive yachts up to 76 meters in length. Some of them are those of Cap Cana and Casa de Campo.
Under this tourist segment are also framed purchases. In the Caribbean country, shopping malls such as Blue Mall and Ágora (Santo Domingo), which include boutiques of local designers and leading international firms, stand out.
In the last two years, gastronomy has become one of the major tourist attractions in the Dominican Republic. And it is that its capital, Santo Domingo, has been raised, for two consecutive years, with the title of Capital of the Gastronomic Culture of the Caribbean, a recognition that grants the Ibero-American Academy of the Gastronomy. Because of events like this, Dominican haute cuisine is living a sweet moment, because of the recognition and value that is being given to it.