DR among UNWTO members showing strong recovery


The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) welcomes the first data from its member states on tourist arrivals this summer.

With the return of international travel in many parts of the world, several of its member countries have begun to record good figures in both arrivals and tourism expenditure. All despite the fact that the sector continues to face a number of challenges, including the ongoing pandemic, rising interest rates and cost of living, as well as increased economic and geopolitical uncertainty.

DRFrom the Dominican Republic, Tourism Minister David Collado has informed UNWTO of record arrivals in April, May, June and July. In particular, arrivals in July grew by 24% compared to 2019. If this trend continues, the country would record its best year ever, including in terms of taxes collected from sales and revenue generation. UNWTO has extended its congratulations to the Minister for these data, in addition to praising the strong and continued support for tourism from the Dominican Republic. UNWTO also highlights the invaluable contribution of the private sector, as exemplified by the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES), which is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary.

This growth comes despite the fact that destinations in the Dominican Republic continue to lose tourists from Russia and Ukraine, two historically strong outbound markets. In recognition of its status as a leading and resilient destination, the Dominican Republic was featured in the first UNWTO Investment Guidelines, presented in early 2022. This guide, developed in conjunction with the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Tourism and the National Center for Export and Investment (PRODOMINICANA), provides key information for investors, with the aim of boosting foreign direct investment in the Caribbean destination.

The Dominican Republic will host the 118th session of the UNWTO Executive Council in the first quarter of 2023.

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