The Dominican Republic’s tourism, trade and agricultural exports increased between January and May, demonstrating the “positive performance” of these sectors so far this year, said the Dominican Ministry of Economy.
According to a report prepared by the Directorate of Sectoral Economic Analysis of the Vice-Ministry of Economic and Social Analysis, agricultural exports amounted to US$93.9 million in May, equivalent to an inter-annual increase of 16.1%, reaching US$358 million so far this year, with an inter-annual variation of 3.5%.
This good performance, he explains, is mainly due to the increase in the volume of cocoa beans exported to Malaysia and Indonesia and canned fruits to the Netherlands.
Tourism also presented positive data in May, when 518,932 non-resident foreigners arrived in the country (a year-on-year increase of 14.5%, some 65,500 more tourists).
So far this year, visitor arrivals reached 2.8 million, which is equivalent to an inter-annual variation of 20.3% compared to the same period of the previous year.
According to the document, in May there were 2,282,972 active workers in the Dominican Social Security System (SDSS), which translates into an accumulated growth of 0.6%, compared to December 2022.
Last May, the number of formal jobs registered an increase of 0.5% over December.