Could do better with cruise passengers
According to a report by Nassim Jose Alemany, economics’ partner at the Deloitte Consultancy firm, the cruise industry that serves the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America brought in a contribution to the local economy of US$3,160 in the 2014/2015 season.
The Dominican Republic represented 2% of this total with US$61 million spent by passengers and crew during the same time period.
According to the report, transit passengers spend an average of US$63 each on local purchases with around half buying local souvenirs. The biggest expense is for shore excursions with the average couple spending US$96.
Alemany highlighted that the Dominican Republic has great potential to increase the average spend per passenger with only around 45% buying a tour which is one of the lowest percentages in the 35 countries analyzed in the region.
The reason for the low percentage could be that cruise passengers spend 15% less time in the country than the average of the other countries at only 3.75 hours.
The results for the 2015/2016 season should be much more positive with the opening of the Carnival Cruise Amber Cove center in Puerto Plata in October 2015.
Source: DR1, Hoy
Feb 10, 2016
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