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  • Wendy Gallagher

South Americans headed to the Dominican Republic

The number of tourists travelling to the Dominican Republic from South America is on the rise and is helping to fuel the island’s tourism recovery, according to government statistics.

Calling the region an ‘emerging market’, the Ministry of Tourism says visitors from the largest countries in South America have been climbing since before Covid.

In the first six months of 2022, more than 122,000 Colombians visited the island, followed by Argentina (72,854); Puerto Rico (72,638), Chile (54,964); Peru (38,751); Brazil (33,971); and Ecuador (21,296), according to the Ministry of Tourism.

The island welcomed 2,405,315 tourists in 2020 and doubled that figure in 2021 with 4,994,309 visitors.

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