The Dominican Republic expects to close the year with some 9.8 million visitors, said Monday the Minister of Tourism, David Collado, who announced that this March is projected as "the best month" in the history of the sector in the country.
Forecasts indicate that in 2023 between 7.8 and 7.9 million tourists will arrive by air and 1.9 million on cruise ships, for a total of some 9.8 million visitors, if nothing happens, Collado told the press.
"For the first time, the Dominican Republic will reach 9.7 or 9.8 million tourists and for the first time we will approach or almost reach the famous 10 million"he pointed out in reference to the goal that this Caribbean country has set for itself some time ago, which has its main source of foreign currency in tourism.
Only between January and February of this year, the Dominican Republic received 1.8 million visitors, a record number.
In 2022, more than 7.1 million tourists arrived in the country by air and 1.3 million by cruise ships, exceeding the pre-pandemic level and reaching record numbers. According to the minister, now the immediate challenge is "continue to improve air connectivity".
In addition, he cited some of the efforts being made in this direction, such as the agreements recently signed with the Condor airline to cover several routes this summer that were in charge of Air France.