The Dominican Republic has joined the Central America Tourism Agency (CATA) – the representative agency of the seven countries of Central America: Costa Rica, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama – as a fully-fledged member further diversifying the region’s multi destination portfolio.

The Dominican Republic has joined CATA as a fully participating member, further diversifying the region’s multi-destination offering for UK travellers. The addition of the Dominican Republic to the member organisation enhances the region’s rich cultural, historical and natural diversity. The synergies between the seven Central American nations and the Dominican Republic make this new partnership a natural fit, sharing cultural traditions, picturesque natural landscapes, local hospitality, pristine beaches and archaeological legacy left by ancient civilisations.

The Dominican Republic’s inclusion in CATA aims to further enhance the country’s diverse tourism offering and encourage visitors to extend a Central America trip to the Dominican Republic and vice versa. The island nation has reported a successful first half of 2018 with a 5.9% year on year increase in total visitors between January ̶ July (Banco Central de la República Dominicana). According to the Dominican Republic Tourist Board, UK visitor arrivals between January and July have also risen by 7.8% from 2017 to 2018.