The Dominican Republic received 443,018 tourists in October, a record number, Tourism Minister David Collado reported Monday.
This figure exceeds by 19% that of October 2019 and by 7% that of this same month in 2018, to date the best year for Dominican tourism, Collado said at a press conference.
So far this year, the Dominican Republic has received 3,669,761 non-resident passengers, a sign of the “steady and solid” recovery of the tourism sector, which has thus regained pre-pandemic levels. The United States continues to be the main market for Dominican tourism, with 40% of the total number of passengers.
The minister highlighted the flow of tourists from Russia, which ranked second in tourist flow to the Dominican Republic in October, with 49,521 passengers, which represented 264 % more than in October 2019.
According to the information, 29 % of the tourists who arrived in the country last month were of U.S. nationality, 57 % stayed in hotels, 48 % entered through Punta Cana airport (east) and 57 % were between 21 and 49 years old.
According to the data, the total number of inbound commercial flights to the Dominican Republic in October was 3,795 with an average occupancy rate of 75%. The information also adds that last month the country received 34,396 tourists via cruise ships.
Regarding jobs in this sector, the data indicates that in September formal employees amounted to 181,078, or 86,457 more than in the same month of 2019.
Confirmed tickets to date for travel to the Dominican Republic during November and December are 16 % and 19 %, respectively, higher than those confirmed at the same date in 2019.
To close this year, authorities expect the arrival of 4.9 million non-residents, which would represent a 15% increase in tourism compared to the last four months of 2019.