The tourism industry has positioned itself as the largest generator of foreign currency in the country. Thanks to its capacity of more than 68,500 rooms and 32 world-class golf courses, with greatly wellknown hotel chains, which have stimulated the arrival of 6 million 151 thousand visitors during 2015.
The Eastern Region is the most visited by 60% of foreign tourists, because the main hotels and all-inclusive resorts, as well as exclusive and luxury; marinas, amusement parks and more, are located in the east.
Construction of Coral Highway and Uvero Alto-Miches Highway, with an investment of US$ 700 million, have enhanced the integration effect of the whole area.
According to ASONAHORES, the construction of 4,500 rooms additional to the 38,000 existing in this region has been announced in the last 18 months. These will be located in different projects that will open, or are being renewed or expanded.
Among the hotel developments is Casa de Campo, a resort from the 80s whose overall ambience was product of Dominican designer Oscar de La Renta. This project, which has a unique and welcoming atmosphere, became an international symbol of luxury and recreation.
Also available in Casa de Campo is the beauty of its golf courses, its marina, its polo tracks and more. Alongside Casa de Campo is the famous design school Altos de Chavon.
Another hotel development that stands out in the Eastern Region is PUNTACANA Group, an icon in the hotel market, not only in the Dominican Republic but also in the world. Its founder, Frank R. Ranieri, is the visionary who recognized how to capitalize and accomplish the dream to conquer a rugged territory, beside the sea, and build an empire destined to please the most demanding vacationers seeking exclusivity, luxury, quality service and respect for the environment. This company is spearheading the development of this area thanks among other reasons to its ownership of Punta Cana Airport, one of the most dynamic in the country.
The Dominican East, is an open zone for investment, as demonstrated by the operations of Causedo Multimodal Port, the construction of Natural Gas Terminal in San Pedro de Macoris, and Atillean Gas, one of the largest in the Caribbean. This region is also the site of power generation companies as the Punta Cana-Macao Energy Consortium, CEPM, and more .