New highway to make easier to explore the country
Santo Domingo.– The new 200-kilometer highway (Autopista del Coral), from the capital city to tourist hot spot Punta Cana, will make it easier for visitors to explore the country.
According to Susana Rosa, the DR’s Montreal-based director of tourism, the divided highway, which has been under construction for the last four years, was completed earlier this year from Santo Domingo to La Romana on the south coast, significantly reducing travel times between the two cities.
The final portion, from La Romana to Punta Cana, is expected to be finished by May 2012. The project is part of the East Highway Corridor being constructed by the government.
Most Canadian tourists head to the all-inclusive resorts of Punta Cana at the eastern tip of the country, although Puerto Plata on the north coast is particularly popular among francophones, Rosa told The Canadian Press.
Rosa said the number of Canadian visitors has been steadily rising in recent years, and is expected to top 700,000 for 2011. Canada is the country’s second-largest source of visitors, after the U.S.
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