Dominican Republic joins world top 10 travel destinations


The Dominican Republic is one of the top 10 travel destinations in the world, according to Lonely Planet.

The magazine's Best in Travel 2013 rankings highlighted the country as one of the best places for tourists to visit, explains Travel Daily News , making the property market even more attractive for holiday home hunters as well as boosting tourist occupancy rates for investment properties.

The announcement follows the expansion of one of the republic's major airports, Puna Cana, late last. Now, that move seems to have paid off, as the country's international profile continues to rise.

"We chose the Dominican Republic for Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2013 as the country has all the elements of a perfect vacation destination," said Catherine Craddock-Carrillo, Commissioning Editor for the Americas. "With sun-drenched beaches, ecotourism, a rich culture of music and dance, influential art galleries and museums, and of course a warm and welcoming people, it's no surprise that the Dominican Republic is about to see a new wave of visitors."

Magaly Toribio, of the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism, commented: "We are thrilled to be recognized by Lonely Planet as a 'Best in Travel 2013' destination. This recognition of our magnificent island nation's pristine nature, unparalleled culture and gastronomy underscores and affirms the growing awareness of the magical beauty and culture found only in Dominican Republic," said "Our famously friendly people, rich arts, museums, and dozens of national parks and protected areas attract new visitors each year who return often to enjoy our world-class resorts and refreshing sun, sea and sand."

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