2023 Travel News ArchiveTravel

Record tourist arrivals in January 2023

Tourism Minister David Collado announced the month was the best January in the history of the Dominican Republic, with almost one million visitors arriving.

Tourist arrivals were 948,582 visitors, for a 52% growth in arrivals through the country’s airports and ports. Air arrivals were 674,737 tourists, up 27% compared to 2022. Sea arrivals, in turn, were 273,845, up 191% compared to 2022.

Deputy Minister of Tourism Jaqueline Mora explained that as far as cruises are concerned, January 2023 was the month with the highest arrival of cruise passengers in the country’s history. The 273,000 cruise arrivals in January 2023 compared to the previous all-time high of 186,000 set in January 2017.

In terms of air visits, January 2023 saw an increase of 27% over the same month in 2022 and 13% over January 2019, with Punta Cana airport being the most used, with 406,000 tourist arrivals. Las Americas (Santo Domingo) follows with 141,000 tourist arrivals, and then Santiago and Puerto Plata with 62,000 and 45,000, respectively.

Average hotel occupancy is reported at 78% in January 2023, surpassing the 2022 average occupancy of 71%. The tourist destinations with the best occupancy averages were La Romana/Bayahibe/Dominicus with 84% and Punta Cana/Bavaro with 83%.

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7 February 2023