The Minister of Tourism, David Collado, emphasized that this year, month after month, the Dominican tourism sector has been recovering notably, reaching a level of recovery of 112% this month, despite the fact that it is low season.
In January the recovery was 34%; in February 33%; in March 47%; in April 56%; in May 74%; in June 79%; in July 95%; and in August 96%; according to a report of the Ministry of Tourism (MITUR).
The minister highlighted that from January to September 14, more than three million non-resident visitors arrived in the country by air.
Collado offered these details during the presentation this Friday of the Observatory of Good Practices for the selection of tourism promotion agencies abroad.
There, the Minister said that the Dominican Republic is one of the few countries in the world classified as having a moderate risk of Covid-19 infection. The country is part of a small group of 18 that are in category 2 of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States.
Collado noted that this is the only country in the hemisphere to be in this category, which he said it had not been in for more than ten years, which he called “an unprecedented fact”.
For people intending to travel to countries in category 2, the CDC recommends that they have their full vaccination and points out that unvaccinated travelers are at greater risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19.
Most countries are in categories 3 and 4, meaning that the risk of infection is high or very high.
In level 3 are El Salvador, Honduras, Chile, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Italy, among others. Those intending to travel to these destinations are advised to reconsider their trip.
Category 4 includes Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Argentina, Jamaica, Cuba, Spain and others. The CDC recommends that travel to these countries be avoided because the risk of contracting diseases such as Covid-19 is very high.