RD tourism to lose US$2.5 billion in foreign exchange this year for Covid-19

The collapse of the world economy due to the COVID-19 pandemic will cause the Dominican state to stop receiving US$2.5 billion in foreign exchange for tourism

As David Collado, Minister of Tourism, explained, who also said that in July, only 54,000 tourists arrived, a far from those who arrived in the same month of 2019, when 420 thousand vacationers visited the country.

He reported that the hotel occupancy in the country is at 5%.»

«Last July to our country came 54 thousand tourists, compared to July of the year 2019 where more than four hundred come thousand (420,000) tourists, we will reach a clear and precise number, that the hotel occupancy in the country is 5%,» he said.

To return hegemony to the sector, which according to Collado, represents 15% of gross domestic product (GDP), the Government has launched the Plan for Responsible Recovery of Tourism, an activity carried out in the National Palace with the presence of the President of the Republic, Luis Abinader.

The decline in the sector has resulted in the loss of some 150 thousand direct and about 300 thousand indirect jobs, according to the estimates of Jacqueline Mora, technical deputy minister of the Ministry of Tourism (Mitur).

It is recalled that before taking over as Minister of Tourism, Collado said he met with emissary groups of the tourist to the country to inform them that their investment is «extremely important».