Tourism June 9, 2023 | 3:44 pm

57% of tourists who visited the Dominican Republic in May carried out activities outside hotels

According to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Tourism (Mitur) in May 2023, 57% of tourists participated in activities outside their accommodations. Out of the 9,307 surveyed individuals, this corresponds to 5,304 people.

Among the popular attractions, 23% of tourists visited Isla Saona, 14% explored Hoyo Azul in Cap Cana, and 4% enjoyed a day trip to Isla Catalina, 1.5 miles from the main land near La Romana.

In the same period, the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Mimarena) reported that 621,970 people visited protected areas between January and March 2023. Out of these visitors, 47.5% explored national parks, followed by 161,311 tourists in natural monuments, 108,476 in marine mammal sanctuaries, 55,400 in wildlife refuges, and a smaller number of 917 people in scientific reserves.

Regarding preferred activities, the survey found that 14% of tourists opted for adventure activities such as buggy rides, 13% engaged in diving and kayaking, 23% tried ziplining, and 11% visited the Colonial Zone.

Notably, 82% of the respondents expressed their willingness to repeat these activities in the future, indicating a high level of satisfaction with their experiences.

These findings provide insights into the preferences and satisfaction levels of tourists engaging in various activities and highlight the popularity of the Dominican Republic’s natural and cultural attractions.

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Ramon Garcia
June 9, 2023 7:06 pm

Good! There are so many places and activities that are not exploited to their full potentials.

June 9, 2023 7:06 pm

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June 10, 2023 1:25 pm

Tourists would get to know the Dominican Republic more willingly if the hotels didn’t tell them nonsense about how dangerous it is to go outside the gate. Also, if hotels did not create problems for tourist companies, it would be easier. Hotel lobbies are destroying tourism in the Dominican Republic. Hotels want to ensure that tourists use only hotel services. Unfortunately, politicians are paid by them and nothing will change.

Mr. Sensible
June 12, 2023 7:47 am

Catalina Island is in Samana?

Dominican Today
June 12, 2023 8:10 am
Reply to  Mr. Sensible

Thank you for your observation. No, it is not in Samana, it is 1.5 miles from the main land near La Romana. We apologize for this error. It has been corrected.

June 12, 2023 9:09 am

I suspect the numbers are higher. If “tourists” refers to citizens of other countries visiting, that will include Dominicans living abroad who don’t stay in resorts. The AirBnB industry seems to be booming, which leads me to believe that these numbers should be higher.

Steve Seaman
June 17, 2023 8:09 am

If the transport mafia did not charge so outrageous prices for anyone to leave their hotel, no doubt more people would do so.
That is the only way that the economic benefits of tourism will be felt more widely, instead of, as now , virtually all the profits going to the offshore hotel owners.