Why does everyone go to the Dominican Republic?

In August 2021, about a year after the Dominican Republic reopens to tourism, you might notice something intriguing if you stumble across Kayak.com’s flight trends. For over a month, destinations in just one country consistently showed green, meaning they generated more search interests than they did two years earlier: the Dominican Republic.

September, November and December are good months for the country. Travel numbers have surpassed pre-pandemic levels, and the number of coronavirus infections remains low, often fluctuating between 100 and 300 per day. But then Omicron hit. On January 12, a record 7,439 people tested positive in the Dominican Republic, more than on any other day during the pandemic. On December 29, the country also reported eight Covid-related deaths, more than the number has seen in a single day in months.

“The hospitals are full; Children, the elderly, everyone, gets sick with Covid,” said Dr Senén Caba, president of Colegio Médico.

He blamed the government’s lax immigration policy for the suffering. Although people working in the tourism sector may be mostly young, healthy and vaccinated, they can still pass the virus on to family members and others. (Only 54 percent of the population is fully immunized.)

According to the Ministry of Tourism, the spike is not a reason to adjust the country’s approach.

“Omicron is everywhere, and testing requirements give countries more than an illusion of security,” Ms. Mora said. Willie Walsh, General Manager of the International Air Transport Association, a trade organization representing nearly 300 airlines, echoed this argument in a recent statement.

When asked if being in contact with potentially contagious travelers all day worries him, Maiken Mercedes, a waiter at Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana, said, “It scares me. Fear is not the virus, it’s not about making money for my family.” Other employees in the hospitality industry also expressed concern that more restrictions would mean fewer guests.

But there needs to be a way to encourage responsible tourism, said Ivan Lorenzo, a senator from the Dominican province of Elías Piña, which shares a border with Haiti.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/27/travel/dominican-republic-tourism-pandemic.html Why does everyone go to the Dominican Republic?

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