November 2. October 2021 set a new record for tourism arrivals in the month. In October, the number of non-resident arrivals peaked at 443,018, bringing the total for this pandemic year to 3,669,761 tourists arriving by air.
The forecast for the end of 2021, is that non-resident arrivals reach close to 4.9 million people. This would be a 15% rebound in tourism compared to the last four months of 2019.
Non-resident foreign arrivals came from North America (44%) and Europe (35%). Russian arrivals are third in influx of tourists to the country, reaching an all-time high of 49,521. This is 264% more than in 2019.
The Ministry of Tourism reports that 29% of the tourists who arrived in October were US nationals. Of these 57% stayed in hotels, 48% entered by way of Punta Cana International Airport, and 57% were ages 21 to 49 years old. The average stay of the visitors is seven days.
Flights to the Dominican Republic are returning to normalcy. In October, there were 3,795 flight operations, with an average occupancy of 75%. Around 115 airlines flew in from 122 airports in 45 countries.
Cruise ship arrivals are also recovering. The Ministry of Tourism reports there were 18 cruise ship dockings in October made by 15 ships. Of these three touched two Dominican ports on the same voyage. 34,396 cruise ship passengers visited the Dominican Republic in October. This is 52% more than in September. Six cruise lines docked at the ports of La Romana and Amber Cove (Puerto Plata).