Holidays and tourism: a beneficial relationship for the local economy

Reservation prices vary according to the hotel, area and days of stay.

In the Dominican Republic, domestic tourism is a driver of the economy in emerging destinations and increases visitors to traditional destinations. Long weekends are an opportunity to recharge batteries amidst the hustle and bustle of work and the city. Therefore, enjoying nearby destinations becomes a vacation opportunity.

The Ministry of Labor set Mondays January 9 and 26 of this year as holidays, under Law 139-97. During these dates, consumption increases and the tourism sector is no exception. The Central Bank (CB) indicates that non-resident foreign tourists spend US$138 on average, while spending by resident Dominicans is US$1,031 per stay.

According to a survey by elDinero, staying in an all-inclusive hotel for adults between January 6 and Monday, January 9, 2023, in Bávaro-Punta Cana, ranges between US$281 and US$701 per night. While a hotel for children located in Uvero Alto has an average cost of US$554 per night, but the price can go up to US$672 if it is an option with more amenities.

For those who want to visit Samana Bay to go to Cayo Levantado, visit the town of Los Pescadores or tour Los Haitises National Park, staying in an eco-hotel (US$92 and up) is an alternative to the traditional all-inclusive (US$250 on average).

The National Association of Hotels and Restaurants (Asonahores), indicates that hotels “will have good occupancy during the weekends”. In addition, the holiday dates coincide with the high season for foreign tourists and for local public and private employees, who will be able to travel to other provinces.

It is not for less, since the Emergency Operations Center (COE) indicates that between December 23, 2022 and January 1, 2023, 6.5 million people were mobilized by the Dominican highways, which could mean that for the next holidays the mobilization would be equal or higher.

On the other hand, the number of visitors interested in living the experience of community tourism, that which experiences the culture and lives like a local, which contributes to the sustainable development of a demarcation, is also increasing. In this modality, Jamao al Norte, the Strawberry Route, Chocolala and Rancho Caprache stand out.

According to a study by Llorente y Cuenca, in the Dominican Republic the trend of local tourism searches grew 22% between 2020 and 2022, with interest in traveling mainly to Punta Cana, Las Terrenas and Samaná, while the destinations where the greatest interest in traveling is generated are distributed in the National District, La Altagracia, San Cristóbal, La Romana and Samaná, with hiking activities being the most relevant.

In addition, the Ministry of Tourism executes the program “Tourism in every corner”, in which it highlights the economic impact that domestic tourism activity has on the communities, due to its transversality and job generation.

“This program boosts domestic tourism for the local market through the promotion of culture, gastronomy, ecotourism and the community offer of the provinces,” he highlights.

Puerto Plata, with short-stay accommodations, is an option for group travel. Prices range from US$51 to US$219 per night. In this type of offer, tourists can tour the demarcation located in the north of the country, thus encouraging the consumption of small businesses.

For the day of the Virgin of La Altagracia, Saturday, 21 January, people can go to towns near Greater Santo Domingo, such as Bonao, San Cristóbal, Baní or Monte Plata (for the more adventurous).

Families with children will find interactive museums in the National District for less than RD$150 per person, such as the Trampolín Museum in the Colonial Zone, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Man and the Museum of Natural History in the Plaza de la Cultura. In addition, the little ones can spend the afternoon learning about land animals and mammals at the National Zoo (between RD$100 and RD$150 for adults) or the aquatic ones at the National Aquarium (for RD$300).

Although personal finance experts indicate that entertainment and leisure should be accounted for in the financial budget, it is no less true that land mobilization on vacation days energizes the economy, encourages spending and people relax with a piña colada in their hands for RD$300, on average.


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