Collado expressed that the diversification of tourism has been essential for tourist arrivals to increase and additional jobs can be created.
The commercial activities of the tourism sector have boosted the generation of some 25,693 new formal jobs, fostered by the arrival of more than 3.5 million visitors in the first half of this year. During this period, the Dominican economy received almost US$4 billion.
By May 2022, the country’s tourism sector generated a total of 174,604 formal jobs, 17% more than the 148,911 jobs that existed in the same month of 2021.
Of the direct jobs this year, 53% are some 93,245 people working in hotels, resorts and companies dedicated to lodging, and 37% correspond to 65,199 jobs in bars and restaurants. While 12,123 are employees in other areas of the tourism sector, who represent 7%.
Meanwhile, 3,586 citizens receive income from adventure tourism, which is growing significantly, due to the interest of domestic and foreign tourists to visit other destinations in the country. This type of employment represents 2% of the salaried mass of the tourism sector.
Businesses dedicated to the sale of gifts or travel souvenirs represent 0.8% of formal jobs in the Dominican sector as of May 2022, according to the June statistical report of Mitur, which was presented by the Minister of Tourism, David Collado.
During the presentation of the report, which has figures on jobs recovered as of May this year, Collado expressed that the diversification of tourism has been essential for tourist arrivals to increase and other jobs can be created.
Collado reported that, at the close of June, the country generated US$739 million from the arrival of 644,861 foreigners, an amount that represents a growth of 9.9% more than that recorded in the same period of 2018 and 9.8% higher than that of 2019.
He maintained that the Dominican Republic leads in the region for having recovered the post-pandemic tourism sector thanks to an integrated strategy that they have carried out in public-private alliance with different actors in the sector.