The Dominican tourism sector registered a 7.5% growth in April with respect to March, with the arrival of more than 327,000 visitors, informed Minister David Collado this Wednesday in a press conference.
This growth “consolidates the sustained trend of tourism recovery in the Dominican Republic”, which is also evident in the number of airline ticket reservations for this month of May, “the best in the last 14 months”, said the official.
In fact, these reservations already reach 65% of the volume of those made for the same date in 2019, with a position of relative advantage with respect to other Caribbean destinations such as Bahamas and Cuba, he added.
According to the Ministry of Tourism’s monthly tracking statistics, more than 70% of the arrivals recorded in April were from tourists with U.S. passports, and more than 40% of the total arrived through Punta Cana airport.
April was also a positive month for hotels in terms of establishment openings, with availability rates above 70% in six of the country’s most visited tourist areas, and the open occupancy rate of hotels also remained on the rise, standing at 46.6% in the last week of this month.
With respect to the demographic profile, the majority of tourists visiting the country were people between 21 and 49 years of age of female gender and the average stay was 7 nights.
By the end of April 2021, a total of 3,549 flights had been received, coming from 48 countries, 131 airports, and through 133 airlines.
The sector is confident that as the vaccination process against covid-19 progresses, and the European and Canadian markets begin to normalize, the increase in tourist arrivals will continue and it will be a good summer for the sector.