It is. It's getting cold outside baby. Ppl are tired of beinging penned in. Working from home has changed the world around. "Where is your lap top? Oh, I don't know, mabey the beach, maybe in cold Canada, what difference does it make jefe, i'll get the work done as soon as I finish early morning golf." Case closed. lol.Great news. I posted in another thread that WestJet has added a second flight on Saturdays and Sundays starting in early November from Toronto to PUJ.
Hope this is the beginning of things to come.
Iberia is flying full from Madrid to Santo Domingo 4 times a week, I have heard from several people that the loads are very high and they are even having standby passengers as the flight is oversold. But the vast majority of traffic is returning Dominicans and those visiting friends and family, as well as some businesspeople. Very few tourists.
I see this first hand. This information and insight has a lot of merit.While not in diasgreement with your asssertion, I can't help but believe that the returning Dominican numbers are being underestimated as a whole to the exact extent of their activities here, as well as their purchasing power.
While of course not on par with fullscale normal operations of a busy season, the returning numbers en masse are indeed welcomed.
This past week I have witnessed groups of Dominican families from the US of A, and several European nations shopping in Jumbo and Iberia and then returning to condominium complexes that they have rented along the southern tier. While many indeed may take the time to visit both family and friends, they are choosing to take advantage of lower than normal costs to provide themselves with a decent vacation/escape from the craziness in some parts of the world.
So, while not exactly a "tourist", they ARE here on vacation.....with purchasing power.
When I flew down from MIA to STIHowever the lines for vistors seemed to be 90 % Doms. IDK I was just happy with a 3 hr 20 min flight, no hassle at airport and out the door. Can't beat it with a stick.
When I flew down from MIA to STI
on Sept 17th, I'd say it was a 60/40%
DomYorkas vs Tourist. No matter where
they are arriving from it's still bringing
needed money into the local economy...
so +positive in my opinion.