Dominican tourism continues to boost the recovery process and reach the numbers Register with access of nearly three million of visitors in the first five months of the year.
Tourism Minister David Collado announced on Wednesday that the access barrier had been broken again in May with 561,323 tourists visiting.
“This means that we recorded 11 percent growth over May 2018, a sixfold increase from 2019 and surpassed May last year by 44 percent,” the official said at his already traditional monthly press conference as the sector behavior results were revealed.
He stressed that the recovery and growth of tourism has reached the point that the country has received in the past twelve months 6,459,738 non-resident visitors.
He stated that in May the historic access was reached for 561,323 non-residents.
“Of this number of arrivals in May, 453,371 were foreigners, which is an increase of 2 percent over 2019 and four percent over the same month in 2018,” Minister Collado stated.
In May, it also recorded growth in cruise passenger arrivals, reaching a figure of 82,199, up three percent from the same month in 2019.
Tourist arrival details
71% of non-residents come from North America and the Caribbean, and 16% from Europe.
62% of the month’s visitors are between 18 and 49 years old. From a sectors perspective, 27% of foreign tourists were adventurous, 29% were adults, 27% were families, and 17% were seniors. Six out of 10 tourists have stayed in hotels.
With an average stay of 9 nights, the foreign exchange generation generated by the spending of tourists is estimated to be US$640 million.
60% of this month’s visitor flow came through Punta Cana airport, 24% through Las America, 13% from Santiago, 2% through Puerto Plata, and 1% through La Romana and Samana airports.
Preliminary estimates from the Ministry of Tourism indicate that the total incoming commercial flights to the Dominican Republic in May 2022 were 4,675, with 80% occupancy on more than 200 routes, which connected us to 128 cities through 125 different airlines.
In May 2022, hotel room occupancy increased by 68%, which is an improvement of 19 percentage points compared to May 2021.
Guests were 86% of foreign origin. There was an improvement in occupancy in most tourist areas compared to 2021, highlighting the Bayahibe – La Romana and Bavaro – Punta Cana areas, both of which saw more improvements than
20 percentage points compared to 2021. Other regions such as Greater Santo Domingo and Santiago recorded growth of less than 10 percentage points. Romana – Bayahibe district recorded the highest occupancy rate of 83% in 2022 compared to 55% in 2021.
Considering the crew and coastal navigation, the number of arrivals by sea to the Dominican Republic in May 2022 was 82,199 passengers, in 32 operations through 19 cruises (from 10 different cruise lines) and 13 ferries. Naval operations were distributed in Amber Cove (31%), Taíno Bay (25%), La Romana (3%), and the remainder in Santo Domingo (40%).
Reservations for Travel to the Dominican Republic During the summer, they were 13.5% higher than those made in the same period in 2019. And year-end bookings are 57.5% higher than bookings made in the same period in 2019.
During the whole of 2022, more than 7 million non-residents are expected to arrive, the highest value in a year in the history of Dominican tourism.