In Dominican Republic economy, tourism accounts for 11.6% of the nation's GDP and is an important source of revenue in the country. More than 6 million tourist arrivals each year it is the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean region. It in the ranks top 5 overall in the Americas in tourinm turnover. The nation's tropical climate, white sand beaches, diverse mountainous landscape and colonial history attracts visitors from around the world.
It is one of the most geographically diverse nations in the region. The Dominican Republic is home to the Caribbean's tallest mountain peak, Pico Duarte, as well as the largest lake and lowest elevation, Lake Enriquillo. The country has first cathedral, castle, monastery and fortress built in all of the Americas, located in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone. This area has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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