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Tourism in the Dominican Republic

Tourism in the Dominican Republic

the Dominican Republic recorded a total of 3 million tourists in 2020, ranking 54th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of the Dominican Republic, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.25 tourists per resident, the Dominican Republic ranked 84th in the world. In Caribbean, it ranked 18th.

The Dominican Republic generated around 7.56 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 9.6 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 24 percent of all international tourism receipts in Caribbean.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 847 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of the Dominican Republic spend as much as 1,788 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Tourism in the Dominican Republic

Development of the tourism sector in the Dominican Republic from 1995 to 2020

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in the Dominican Republic each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 21 countries in Caribbean.

Tourists per year in the Dominican Republic

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 1.57 billion USD, or about 9.4 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 1.81 million tourists at that time and roughly 870 USD per person. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased slightly. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 7.56 billion USD, accounting for 8.8 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,001 USD for his holiday in the Dominican Republic.

Tourism receipts in the Dominican Republic per year

All data for the Dominican Republic in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
20202.75 m
20197.55 m
20187.55 m7.56 bn $8.8 %1,001 $
20177.30 m7.18 bn $9.0 %985 $
20166.77 m6.72 bn $8.9 %993 $
20156.13 m6.12 bn $8.6 %998 $
20145.58 m5.63 bn $8.4 %1,010 $
20135.11 m5.06 bn $8.1 %988 $
20124.90 m4.69 bn $7.7 %956 $
20114.65 m4.39 bn $7.6 %943 $
20104.48 m4.16 bn $7.7 %929 $
20094.49 m4.05 bn $8.4 %902 $
20084.46 m4.17 bn $8.7 %935 $
20074.37 m4.06 bn $9.2 %931 $
20064.27 m3.92 bn $10.34 %918 $
20053.98 m3.52 bn $9.8 %884 $
20043.91 m3.15 bn $14.12 %807 $
20033.68 m3.13 bn $14.61 %850 $
20023.06 m2.73 bn $10.06 %893 $
20013.09 m2.80 bn $10.93 %906 $
20003.16 m2.86 bn $11.77 %905 $
19992.93 m2.48 bn $11.22 %847 $
19982.70 m2.15 bn $9.9 %797 $
19972.48 m2.10 bn $10.49 %846 $
19962.04 m1.78 bn $9.8 %874 $
19951.81 m1.57 bn $9.4 %870 $


Our data on tourist numbers, revenues and expenditures are based on information from the World Tourism Organization. However, to ensure international comparability, the data for some years or countries were manually researched and corrected if they obviously included visitors without overnight stays. In these cases, the data were taken from the official communications of the respective national tourism authorities.

The WTO additionally points out that in some countries the number of tourists is only counted at airports, in others also at border crossings or even hotels. A comprehensive and reliable indication is therefore hardly possible in any country.

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