Santo Domingo.- The Minister of Tourism, David Collado, affirmed today that the sector has fully recovered, after revealing that during the month of March the country received 617,756 non-resident visitors, 229% more than the same month of 2019 and 197% more than the same period of the previous one.

“84% of these non-resident visitors are of foreign origin, and the remaining 16% of Dominican origin. With this result, the first quarter of 2022 closes at 1,714,947 non-residents, the highest since the start of the pandemic,” said the official when presenting the figures during a press conference at the Embajador hotel in the capital.

As part of this good performance, Minister Collado also predicted that this year will close with the annual record arrival of more than seven million tourists.

“Today I can say here, with complete certainty, that tourism in the Dominican Republic has recovered in its entirety and that it is strong, solid and mature,” said Collado when showing the statistical data together with the Technical Vice Minister, Jacqueline Mora.

Detail of the arrival of tourists
Minister Collado stated that 71% of the non-residents who visited the country come from North America and the Caribbean, and 19% from Europe.

53% of the month’s visitors were between 21 and 49 years old. Seen by segment, 23% of foreign tourists were adventurers, 29% adults, 32% families and 16% seniors. Six out of 10 tourists stayed in hotels.

With average stays of 7 nights, the estimated generation of foreign exchange derived from tourist spending amounts to US $690 million.

61% of the flow of visitors this month entered through the Punta Cana airport, 22% through Las Américas, 10% from Santiago, 5% through Puerto Plata, 1% through La Romana, and the rest through the Samaná airport.

Tourist satisfaction during March 2022 was 4.4 out of 5 stars and 93% of those surveyed said they would return to the Dominican Republic. 87% of those surveyed have high satisfaction with Dominican beaches.

Air space
Preliminary estimates from the Ministry of Tourism suggest that the total incoming commercial flights to the Dominican Republic in March 2022 was 5,100 flights, with an occupancy rate of 76% on more than 200 routes, which connected us with 159 cities through 160 different airlines.

Hotel activity
In March 2022, 9 out of 10 hotel rooms remained in operation and, of these, 72% were occupied. The guests were 90% of foreign origin. The recovery of the hotel industry has been a widespread phenomenon in all areas of the country, improving between 40 and 10 percentage points. In particular, the occupancy of the rooms in the different tourist areas of the country showed a visible improvement compared to March 2021. This list is headed by Romana – Bayahibe, whose hotel occupancy was 85% vs. 41% in March 2021.

Sea ​​arrivals
In the first month of 2022, 111,731 unique cruise passengers were received (excluding cabotage) and 1,497 ferry passengers. Considering the crew and cabotage, arrivals by sea to the Dominican Republic in March 2022 were 207,934 passengers, in 97 operations through 68 cruise ships (from 38 different cruise lines) and 14 ferries.
Maritime operations were distributed in Amber Cove (25%), Taíno Bay (25%), La Romana (22%), Catalina Island (6%), Samaná (6%), and the rest in Santo Domingo (18%).

2022 estimates
Air ticket reservations made to travel to the Dominican Republic during the remainder of 2022 are 8.9% above the reservations made on this same date in 2019.

“During the entire year, the arrival of more than 7 million non-residents is expected. The next quarters would considerably exceed the records of 2019,” said Minister Collado.


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