Dominican Republic Tourism experienced the second best month of February in its history with the arrival of 566,235 passengers, representing a 268% growth compared to 2021, maintaining the recovery trend that this sector has had since September last year.
Tourism Minister David Collado presented, as usual, the results for the month of February accompanied by Deputy Minister Jaqueline Mora and the president of the Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (ASONAHORES), Rafael Blanco Tejera.
Collado explained that in just two months the Dominican Republic has accumulated more than 1,100,000 tourists, while in 2021 the figure was 400,000, representing a growth of 271% over last year.
“Tourist flow levels continue to remain at pre-pandemic levels in the Dominican Republic, while most destinations in Central America and the Caribbean are nowhere near achieving such a recovery, which shows once again that the measures taken by the Tourism Cabinet headed by President Luis Abinader, have been the right ones and that we are on the right track,” said Minister Collado during his presentation.
Deputy Minister Jacqueline Mora explained that of the non-residents who visited the country, some 474 thousand were foreigners and 92 thousand Dominicans and that the continental distribution of foreign tourists corresponds to 60% from North America, 30% from Europe, 9% from Latin America and 1% from the rest of the world.
He also explained that 6 out of 10 tourists stayed in hotels, which had an average occupancy of over 75%, with an average of 7 nights per tourist, being Romana/Bayahibe the area with the highest occupancy with over 90% average, followed by Bávaro Punta Cana with 79% and Sosua and Cabarete with 72%.
In February 2022, 4,300 flights arrived in the country from 130 different airlines, with Punta Cana airport being the airport with the highest traffic and La Romana airport the one with the highest growth. Meanwhile, 93 cruise operations were registered by sea, with 169,000 non-residents arriving in the country, the main port being Amber Cove, in Maimon, Puerto Plata.