The average daily expenditure of foreigners visiting the Dominican Republic has been evolving to approach the pre-pandemic level. When in the first quarter of 2019 it was US$136.45 per day, by the same period of 2021 it dropped to US$128.47, but rose again in 2022 to US$134.83, in a context of post-pandemic tourism recovery.
Similarly, the average stay improved from pre-covid-19 levels. In the first quarter of 2019, it stood at 8.39 nights, and in 2022 it grew to 9.38 in the same period.
According to figures published by the Central Bank, for the first quarter of 2020, the average stay was 8.75 nights and in 2021 it rose to 9.96 nights during the same cycle.
Dominican tourism closed its doors in March 2020 and opened in July of the same year. The closure of this sector was carried out in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus within the country.
Between January-March of the current year, the arrival of non-resident passengers to Dominican territory through different international air terminals was 1,714,947 tourists, for a growth of 139.2 % with respect to the same period of the previous year, reports the Central Bank. Of this total, 83% corresponds to non-resident foreigners and the remaining 16.6% to non-resident Dominicans.
During 2021, the arrival of non-resident passengers by air was 4,994,309 tourists, close to the target of five million, and a growth of 107.6% over the previous year.
Last Monday, the World Tourism Organization recognized the Dominican Republic for having achieved “maximum recovery in tourism”.