Tourism collapses 87% in August


Bears want hugs too
Sep 29, 2020
In the particular case of September, the total influx of non-resident visitors by air was 103,942 people (57,065 Dominicans and 46,877 foreigners), the vast majority from the United States of America. This result represents a year-on-year decrease of 219,720 travelers (-67.9%) when compared to the same month last year, mainly explained by the reduction of 81.3% in the number of non-resident foreigners, equivalent to some 203,977 people, and to a lesser extent for the 15,743 fewer passengers (-21.6%) in the total of non-resident Dominicans.
It is important to highlight that the arrival of passengers shows an incipient trend towards recovery after the reopening of the airports, since non-resident foreigners who visited the country in September represented 18.7% of the total for the same month last year, higher to the proportions of 11.5% and 12.6% registered in July and August with respect to the same reference periods of 2019.

Source Banco Central


New member
Jan 4, 2003
Earlier in this thread someone mentioned that tourism accounts for 8-10% of GDP in DR.
Could someone explain what that means? Does it only account for the "direct" payment of goods and services by the tourists, or does it also include e.g. the bartender of the AI-hotel who uses his salary to pay for his rent and the landlord who in turn buys groceries etc.? So the GDP that is caused by the money changing hands after first being "injected" by a tourist.