The Ministry of Tourism reported that in the first 11 months of the year, the Dominican Republic registered the visit of almost 7.5 million people.
Of this group, 6,397,444 visitors arrived by air, as well as another 1,085,606 excursionists, which represents the visit of 7,483,050 people in the January-November period.
And for the month of December, it is projected that 800,000 foreigners will arrive in the country, if everything continues as it is in the world, which is 23 percent more than the arrivals of this same month in 2019.
“With the arrival of Dominicans residing outside the country, we registered a growth of 20 percent compared to November 2019 and with the visit of foreigners we exceeded 12 percent in growth,” said the Minister of Tourism.
Arrivals by country will grow by 14 percent, those from the United States; 20% from Spain; 7% from Argentina; 119% from Colombia and 2% from Chile.
“And this means that the figure that the Ministry of Tourism has is going to be about 800,000 foreigners, which will also be a record, if everything continues normal in the world, that before our arrival, more than 700 thousand”, Collado said.
From the Ministry of Tourism “we are estimating that Punta Cana will be the preferred destination, 52 percent, and that tourists exceed their total reservations by 30 percent compared to 2019.”
David Collado announced that the country received 571,354 tourists during the month of November, who generated more than 532 million dollars in foreign currency.
“In November we did it again, we reached record numbers in the visit of 571,354 tourists only by air, which means an increase in arrivals of 24 percent compared to November 2019. It is a true success story month after month ”, highlighted Collado.
He said that “being here (announcing the figures for the sector) has entailed a lot of sacrifice, it is true that month after month, we announce records, as we have been growing, but, throughout this journey, there is a history of sacrifice, of work to take care of the small details”.
He reported that last month was the best month of November in history since the country received 109,489 more tourists than those who arrived in the same month of November of the year 2019, which represents an increase of 24 percent.
“If we add the 571,354 tourists who arrived by air and the 195,270 who came via cruise ships, we are talking about the historic figure of 766,624 visitors in the month of January. If that is not a record, tell me what it is”, the official asked himself at the press conference, which took place in the Great Hall of the Embajador hotel.
Collado highlighted the growth in the arrival of cruise passengers, registering the visit of 195,270 in November, compared to 111,128 in the same month of 2019. The largest number of cruise passengers arriving do so through the ports of Amber Cove and Taíno Bay, the latter the new terminal of Puerto Plata.
Banreservas Office in Madrid
The administrator of Banco de Reservas, Samuel Pereyra, reported that next January the branch of said financial institution will be inaugurated in the city of Madrid, Spain, where the bank will also participate in the International Tourism Fair (FITUR).
“As every year, Banreservas will actively participate in FITUR and is a leader in terms of participation in the FITUR fair, where we are going to inaugurate our office in Madrid during FITUR, being the first time that a Dominican bank is going to have a presence at the city of Madrid”.