The Central Bank of the Dominican Republic reports that in September 2018 the Dominican Republic received 300,916 foreign air arrivals, up 16.4% compared with the 258,588 received in September 2018. The country received 108,441 non-Dominican residents of the USA in September, up 36.9% compared to the 79,229 received in September 2017. It should be noted that the Dominican Republic suffered a substantial drop in traffic in 2017 as a result of the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria through the region.
Through the first nine months of 2018 the Dominican Republic has received 4,328,536 foreign air arrivals, up 5.1% from the 4,210,362 received in the same nine months of 2017. Non-Dominican arrivals from the USA grew by 8.8% during the same nine months, from 1,712,370 in 2017 to 1,863,533 this year.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.