Dominican Republic ranked as top destination for 2013


The Dominican Republic is "the place to go in 2013", according to the world's top travel experts.

Leading world travel luminaries like Lonely Planet, Fodor's and Golfweek have all praised the country's tourism industry and culture at the start of this year, providing a boost to the real estate market.

The companies highlighted the Dominican Republic's "exuberant golf, beaches and exciting ecotourism and culture" as reasons for its attractiveness to overseas visitors. It also benefits from being "centrally located in the Caribbean with delicious gastronomy, friendly people and world-class resorts."

Indeed, Veteran travel guide publisher Fodor's included the Samana Peninsula  on Fodor's "Go List of 25 Places to Go in 2013" with new regular JetBlue and Air Canada flights to El Catey International Airport (AZS) improving its accessibility.

Fodor's makes the point that Samaná is charming for its delightful small inns, secluded beaches, friendly locals and plenty of natural wonders. All of this plus the region has not experienced massive development.

Lonely Planet named Dominican Republic among its "Top 10 Countries for 2013" in its "Best in Travel" honours. Lonely Planet draws upon the input of its staff, authors and online community for recommendations with the final list being decided upon by an in-house panel of experts.

The International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) named Dominican Republic the "2013 Golf Destination of the Year in the Caribbean and Latin America". This is the second time Dominican Republic has been chosen by IAGTO as best for its magnificent, sun-kissed golf courses. 

"Dominican Republic boasts an unrivaled and carefully nurtured natural environment with culturally rich cities and friendly Dominican towns that keep visitors coming back to our 1,000 miles of sunny coastline every year," commented Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism.  "The charm and lure of the country comes from our exuberant people, abundant recreation and excursions, rich culture and superlative relaxation enabling visitors to transcend their cares and restore their joy."

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