Dominican Republic shows recovery according to international tourism
In March 2021, the country received 263,857 non-resident foreign passengers, an increase of 56% compared to February 2021, and 3.4% over March 2020
The Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic (MITUR), revealed positive data on the recovery of international tourism to the Caribbean destination. In March 2021, the country received 263,857 non-resident foreign passengers, an increase of 56% compared to February 2021, and 3.4% over March 2020. More than 70% of these arrivals were American tourists, and more than 40% of travelers entered through the Punta Cana International Airport.
As of March 28, 2021, a total of 3,142 flights from one hundred airlines from more than forty countries had arrived in the country, an increase of 39% compared to February 2021. In the last week of March, the occupancy of flights arriving at the The country reached occupation levels similar to the pre-pandemic for the first time.
"The rebound in international tourism to the Dominican Republic in March 2021 is a clear sign that our reactivation strategy is being successful," said Tourism Minister David Collado. "The objective of this government has been to regain the trust of international travelers, implementing effective protocols and initiatives with an impact on the entire value chain, and last month's figures prove that we are on the right track."
Other indicators that show the recovery of tourism in the Dominican Republic are hotel occupancy and flight and room reservations. In the last week of March, hotel occupancy reached 70.6%, the highest figure in the last twelve months. The five main tourist destinations in the country registered occupancy rates above 68%.
Regarding flight bookings, the seven main airlines operating in the country registered an increase for the second quarter of the year. Additionally, the number of room reservations as of April 1, 2021 is even higher than in the years prior to the crisis. The volume of room sales per night for stays in the next 30 days has reached historical highs for Punta Cana and La Romana - Bayahíbe.
The Dominican authorities trust that as the vaccination processes in the world advance, international tourist arrivals to the destination will continue to increase.