The Dominican Republic is focussing on higher quality tourism to an ever-increasing extent. This was made clear by Petra Cruz-Deyerling, European Director for the island nation's tourism authority, at ITB Berlin 2016. The names of luxury hotel chains are featured increasingly when new projects are being constructed. The Republic has received awards as the best golfing destination in the Caribbean and Latin America, and 21 blue flags can now be found on the various beaches, which are among the best in the Caribbean.
The improvements in quality are making themselves felt: in 2015 tourist numbers from Germany rose by 7.8 per cent to over 248,000, Cruz reported. She forecasts double-digit increases for 2016. This success is being assisted by constant improvements to the connections by air, and most certainly as a result of the new cruise terminal at Amber Cove, that has been created in collaboration with Carnival Cruises in the vicinity of Puerto Plata at a cost of some 85 million US dollars. The first ship berthed here on 6 October 2015. During its first year of operation it expects to welcome 350,000 tourists. Amber Cove is now the gateway to many of the historic sites in the Dominican Republic. This region not only contains one of the oldest Spanish forts in the Americas but also a marine theme park where visitors can swim with dolphins and sharks, as well as an amber museum.
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