The Dominican Republic received, during the month of January of this year, 530,956 non-residents (129% more than the previous year), of which 82% were of foreign origin, revealed the minister David Collado.
Collado says that the increase in the entry into the country of tourists reaffirms that the country continues to lead the sector in the Caribbean.
In a press release, the official said that the projection for the end of this year is to exceed the arrival of 7 million visitors.
Despite the cancellation of flights from the United States to the Dominican Republic due to the snow storms that affected the east coast of the American giant, in January 2022 the arrival of non-residents remained above half a million. tourists, as in the best months of 2021.
Likewise, the emergence of the omicron variant and the consequent tightening of the measures affected the arrival of Canadians to the country, but it was not enough for non-residents from the rest of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) to register a historical maximum of 245,301.
Detail of the arrival of tourists
The Ministry of Tourism detailed that the Punta Cana airport concentrated 55% of the total arrivals of non-residents during January 2022. The airports of Las Américas, Santiago and La Romana remained above the figures for January 2021.
60% of the tourists stayed in hotels, with an average stay of 11 days. The foreigners received in January 2022 were mainly from the family and adult segments.
Preliminary estimates of Ministry of Tourism suggest that the total incoming commercial flights to the Dominican Republic in January 2022 was 5,120 flights of 149 different airlines from 169 different airports.
In January 2022, 9 out of 10 hotel rooms remained in operation, and of these, 73% were occupied. The guests were 89% of foreign origin. Hotel occupancy in the Dominican Republic already resembles occupancy levels characteristic of pre-pandemic years. The recovery of the hotel industry has been a widespread phenomenon in all areas of the country.
In the first month of 2022, 165,516 maritime arrivals were received, of which 1,379 were ferry passengers and 75,022 crew members.