More than 40,000 tourists did not arrive in the country because of Fiona

More of 40,000 foreigners stopped entering the country after the passage of Hurricane Fiona, said the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, who specified that the activity is still strong and September will end as the best in history.

“We have been in charge of seeing how much Fiona affected us in the development of tourism and we can estimate that between 40,000 and 45,000 foreigners stopped arriving in the Dominican Republic as a result of Hurricane Fiona and the suspension of flights,” Collado said.

However, the minister asserted that the temporary stoppage of functions and the fury with which the rains and winds hit the entire eastern part of the country, one of the strongest regions of Dominican tourism, were not obstacles to affirm in advance that this September will end as the best in the history of national tourism.

“Tourism in the Dominican Republic continues to be strong, solid and growing, and the month of September will end as the best month of September in the history of tourism in the Dominican Republic,” he said.

Added to this, Collado stated that between Friday, Saturday and Sunday, some 50,000 foreigners entered the country “returning to normality of the first days of September and recovering the projection”.

The Ministry of Tourism claims that, if nothing out of the ordinary happens, the current month will end with more than 400,000 foreigners.

Collado also added that the main work that the entity has been doing is “to verify the care and bring a helping hand to the Dominicans who live in these affected tourist destinations.”

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They have been taking food and materials to rebuild the houses of those martyred by Hurricane Fiona in Bayahíbe, Miches, Higüey, Bávaro, Punta Cana and Santo Domingo. In addition, together with Asonahores, supporting the employees and the reconstruction process of the three recreational facilities.

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