Dominican Republic: Tourism Still in Red Numbers

Between January and November 2018 and the same period in 2019, the number of tourists who arrived in the country reported a 1.5% drop, which contrasts with the increases recorded years ago.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The arrival of non-resident passengers to the Dominican Republic in the January-November 2019 period reached a total of 5,821,768 travelers, for a -1.5% variation with respect to the same period of the previous year, informed the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic.

These accumulated results of eleven months were affected by cancellations in air reservations scheduled by Americans to travel to the Dominican Republic, associated with the media campaign on unfortunate events occurred to some tourists from the United States of America in some hotels in the country that took place during the first half of 2019, explains the official report.

The document adds that "... In particular, 461,865 non-resident visitors arrived in the country in November, -4.9% year-on-year. This result constitutes an improvement over the annualized rate of -10.3% recorded in the previous month, consistent with the trend exhibited by travel reservations to the Dominican Republic obtained from the database of ForwardKeys, a company dedicated to the analysis of the travel industry worldwide.

It is expected that the negative impact on the influx of non-resident foreigners will continue to dissipate in the following months until achieving normalization in the rate of growth of tourist arrivals to the Dominican Republic.
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January 2020

During 2019, 5.36 million foreign tourists arrived in the country, a figure 5% lower than that reported in 2018, a drop that can be explained by the news published in the middle of the year regarding the death of several American tourists in the hotels of Punta Cana.

The Dominican tourism sector was the focus of an unfortunate media campaign about unfortunate events that occurred to some tourists from the United States of America in some hotels in the country during the first half of 2019, which generated a high volume of cancellations in air bookings scheduled by travelers to the Dominican Republic, reflected in a year-on-year drop in the number of foreign visitors, reported the Central Bank.

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October 2019

Between January and September 2018 and the same period in 2019, the number of tourists who arrived in the country did not report significant changes, behavior in contrast with the increases reported years ago.

The accumulated arrival of non-resident visitors via area to the Dominican Republic in the period January-September 2019 shows a total of 4,987,698 travelers, amount that is like the amount recorded in the same period last year, when 5,009,417 non-resident passengers entered the country, informed the Central Bank.

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October 2018

From January to September of this year, the Dominican Republic registered the arrival of 5 million tourists, 6% more than the figure reported in the same period in 2017.

The Central Bank of the Dominican Republic reported that the influx of non-resident visitors in the period January-September 2018 registered the historic figure of 5,009,417 passengers, being the first time that this number of non-resident travelers is reached during the first nine months of the year, arriving 297,931 additional travelers compared to the same period of 2017, representing an accumulated year-on-year growth of 6.3%.

Tourist Arrivals Up 6% up to May 2018

June 2018

During the first five months of 2018, the Dominican Republic recorded the arrival of 2.8 million tourists, 6% more than was reported in the same period in 2017.

From a Report by the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic:

The arrival of non-resident passengers by air to the Dominican Republic, including foreigners and Dominicans, registered a year-on-year growth of 7.0% in the month of May, reaching a total of 506,178 passengers, equivalent to an increase of 33,290 passengers with respect to the same month of the previous year. Within this result, the segment of foreigners presented an annualized variation of 6.0% (24,867 additional tourists) and non-resident Dominicans experienced an interannual increase of 13.7% (8,423 additional passengers). 

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