Latin America

Tourism in Dominican Republic tries to dodge Covid-19

With just over 2,000 deaths, the biggest impact of the pandemic on the Dominican Republic has been on its money-spinning tourism industry

Tourism in Dominican Republic
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As of the end of September, the Dominican Republic had recorded 109,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and just over 2,000 deaths for its population of 10.6 million. While the pandemic did not hit the Hispaniola nation as severely as other parts of Latin America, with the country being ranked 12th in Covid-19 death rate per million people (190), the major impact of the coronavirus crisis has been the near stoppage to the country’s tourism industry. 

According to the Dominican Tourism Ministry, the influx of foreign holidaymakers accounts for 12 percent of the country’s GDP. During the health crisis, due to the...

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