Dominican tourism to exceed US$8 billion by 2022

According to the official, this is expected to be the best year in the history of Dominican tourism, since last April tourist arrivals have surpassed all pre-pandemic numbers.

The Minister of Tourism, David Collado, said this Tuesday that the country expects to close this year with an income of 8.4 billion dollars in foreign exchange thanks to tourism, which will help maintain economic stability.

The official assured that the Dominican Republic is recovering from the blow dealt to the sector by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We played at being a safe destination in the midst of the pandemic, in the midst of darkness. The Dominican Republic looked to the future with a vision of entrepreneurship”, the official highlighted and pointed out as key measures for this recovery, the provision of special medical insurance for arriving tourists and the creation of a health protocol that was designed in time.

While giving a conference on the occasion of the commemoration of World Tourism Day at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, Collado said that these measures helped industries such as the film industry to look to the Dominican Republic for filming, when they were still prohibited in the United States, and highlighted that many Hollywood stars were able to promote on social networks that the Dominican Republic was a safe destination.

The minister said that, as part of the strategy he followed to position the country, he approached Dominican artist Juan Luis Guerra, and he recorded for free an advertisement promoting the goodness of the Dominican land in the midst of the pandemic.

Figures

According to the official, this is expected to be the best year in the history of Dominican tourism, since last April the arrival of tourists has surpassed all the pre-pandemic numbers. As of August of this year, a total of 4,904,162 tourists have arrived.

“We can say today, September 27, that despite Hurricane Fiona, the Dominican Republic will have the best September in history and will once again break records, surpassing for the first time the barrier of 400,000 foreigners in one month of September,” he said.

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