Santo Domingo, RD._ The governor of the Central Bank, Héctor Valdez Albizu, highlighted that the tourism sector contributed 34.3% to economic growth in the first half of this year, in terms of added value, becoming the activity with the greatest contribution in the first half of 2022.

Valdez Albizu highlighted that this remarkable performance responds to the arrival of 3,547,143 travelers in January-June of this year, for an increase of 1,649,500 passengers (86.9%) in the first six months of 2022 compared to the same period of 2021.

Albizu said that, in terms of income from tourism, US$4,121.5 million entered the country in January-June 2022, exceeding the amount of US$4,082.9 million received in the same period of 2019, prior to the pandemic, as a reflection of the total recovery that the sector registered.

The Governor of the Central Bank indicated that the preliminary estimates of the National Continuous Survey of the Workforce (ENCFT) for the April-June 2022 quarter showed that the total number of people employed in the economic activity of hotels, bars and restaurants reached 363,334 people, a level higher than the 337,386 net employed in the same period of 2019.

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The governor of the BCRD emphasized that in the last 12 months (April-June 2022 vs. April-June 2021), tourism has been the second activity with the highest generation of workers, with an increase of 62,338 net employed persons, surpassed only by commerce. , which had an increase of 99,488 employed persons.

Leading destiny
Valdez Albizu considered that, despite the attacks that this industry has suffered worldwide due to the global health crisis and geopolitical conflicts, the Dominican Republic has remained the leading destination in terms of tourist arrivals and foreign exchange earnings for this concept of the Insular Caribbean region and Central America.

The arrival of non-resident passengers received in the month of July 2022, reaching the remarkable figure of 735,064 tourists, breaking a record as it was the best month of July in all history, according to data announced by the Minister of Tourism David Collado.

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