News Travel Tourism: Dominican Republic Aims to Break Records with Exceptional Tourism Numbers
The Dominican Republic has been on a remarkable tourism journey this year, surpassing its own expectations. Within the first nine months of the year, the country has welcomed over 7 million visitors, marking a substantial 25% increase compared to 2022. August saw over 782,000 tourists visiting, making it a historic month for the nation, as reported by the Tourism Office.
Building on these trends and past experiences, the Ministry of Tourism in the Dominican Republic is confident that it will achieve a record-breaking milestone by welcoming 10 million visitors by the end of the year. If realized, this would mark the first time in the nation's history that it has reached a double-digit figure in tourist arrivals, coming close to a one-to-one ratio between tourists and citizens, as noted by the Tourism Office.
Data from Forwardkeys suggests that the Dominican Republic is poised to lead the Caribbean region in terms of growth, with an impressive projected increase of 54%. The country has demonstrated the most robust post-pandemic tourism recovery in the Americas, and 2023 indicates strong signs of a 10% growth compared to 2019.
The United States, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom collectively account for 81% of tourism in the Dominican Republic in 2023. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the Dominican Republic's tourism sector is expected to contribute significantly to national employment, generating 17.5% of jobs, and represent 15.3% of the country's economy by the end of 2023.