The Minister of Tourism, David Collado, presented the numbers of tourist arrivals at the end of February, in his usual press conference in which he highlighted that this month was the best February in the history of the Dominican Republic with the arrival of more than 661 thousand tourists by air and more than 250 thousand cruise passengers.
Collado emphasized that Dominican tourism continues its record streak and that the outlook is that it will continue to be so this month of March. “Not only was it the best February ever in terms of tourist arrivals by air, but it was also the best February ever in terms of cruise arrivals, almost tripling the number of arrivals in 2022,” said the official.
Together with Vice Minister Jaqueline Mora, they presented that the arrival of tourists by air was exactly 661 thousand 088 tourists which represents an increase of 17% over the same month of 2022 and an increase of 9% over February 2019.
Likewise, regarding the arrival of cruise passengers, a total of 252 thousand 435 visitors arrived in the country, which represents an increase of 116% with respect to 2019 and of almost 300% with respect to February 2022. The total number of consolidated visitors was 913,523, when those arriving by air are added to those arriving by sea, so that in the first two months of the year more than 1.8 million visitors have been received in the country, a figure that is also a record.
According to the figures presented, Bogota continues to climb as a tourist sending city for the country, and became the second most important city from which visitors come to the Dominican Republic, only surpassed by New York. As for the countries of origin, the top 3 are still the United States, Canada and Colombia.
As for the destinations visited, 67% of the foreigners who came to the country in February stayed in the province of La Altagracia (Punta Cana, Bávaro, Bayahibe); 8% in Greater Santo Domingo, 8% in Puerto Plata, 4% in La Romana, 3% in Samaná and 2% in Santiago de los Caballeros.
As for hotel occupancy, it stood at 82%, well above the 75% of February 2022. Regarding commercial flights, it was the first time that in the month of February 2022 more than 5,000 flights were received: a total of 5,070 commercial flights were received in Dominican airports in February 2022, where the busiest airport was Punta Cana, followed by Las Americas Airport.
Minister Collado also emphasized that the work being done by the Tourism Cabinet, led by President Luis Abinader and coordinated by him, continues to yield results thanks to the joint work of the MITUR team together with the private sector, especially the Dominican Association of Hotels and Tourism (ASONAHORES).
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