The Ministry of Tourism reports that non-resident travel to the DR in November was up 6.09%. Dominican expatriate travel was up 16.67% and foreign tourist travel was up 4.49%. Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia says that there has been a definite trend for recovery in the travel sector since September. In November, 284,824 foreign tourists visited the country, 16,355 more than the 286,469 who visited in 2008. Of the total, 41,167 were Dominicans living abroad, compared to 35,284 last year. Foreign tourist arrivals totaled 243,472 compared to 233,185 in 2008, for a 4.49% increase. Javier Garcia forecast that the year would end with the total number of arrivals exceeding expectations.