Tourism sector breaks record growth, with more than 3 million 700 thousand visitors from January to April 2023
Through his twitter account, the head of the tourism portfolio in the Dominican Republic, David Collado, announced that April has been the best month of the year, closing with a historic figure of 3,745,475 visitors from January to date.
“Today once again, we bring good news about tourism in the Dominican Republic. April was the best month of April and closed the best first quarter in history with 3,745,475 visitors. This represents 36% growth. A new pride, a new record and hundreds of new benefits for Dominicans!” Collado said.
In this balance, he highlighted that only in April the RD received 681,567 tourists by air, which exceeds its own record, placing the first four months of 2023, 17% above the pre-pandemic, and 25% above 2022, with a total of 2,757,810 tourists by air.
Regarding visits made through cruise ships, the tourism minister pointed out that “in the month of April we received 181,138 cruise passengers, 2.4 times the number of 2019. This led to almost one million tourists per cruise, with a total of 987,665 cruise passengers, in addition to the crew, visiting our ports in the first four-month period. We have almost reached the total received in the full year of 2019.”
He pointed out that these results have caused a growth in formal employment, with 183,269 Dominicans working directly in the entire value chain, including tour guides, vendors, and micro-enterprises that are seeing their businesses grow today.
He added that in addition to the direct formal jobs generated by the sector and also, indirect benefits have been generated such as RD $74.588 million in purchases from other sectors. He reported that the visitors came in 5,574 flights and 65 maritime operations.
He pointed out that these figures are positively impacting our airports and hotels.
“These tourists stayed mostly in hotels, which combined with local tourists for Easter, brought occupancy to 76%, while Romana -Bayahibe and Punta Cana had occupancy rates of 85% and 82% respectively,” David concluded. Collado, Minister of Tourism of the Dominican Republic.