Would you go to the Dominican Republic

A snapshot from the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic attracts travelers from all over the world with its white dream beaches, lonely bays, crystal clear water and the many bright colors. But what is the current situation on site? We spoke to Nicole, a Swiss emigrant. She tells us more about the current situation.

How do you currently experience tourism in your country or in the Dominican Republic?

After a relatively long break, the travelers are slowly coming back, so far mainly from the USA and partly from Europe. Business for holiday homes and smaller hotels is already doing relatively well, thanks in part to local tourism. The large hotels in Punta Cana, on the other hand, continue to suffer from low demand.

How do you feel about dealing with the measures against Covid-19?

In my opinion, everything has worked out relatively well here. The Dominican government has taken sensible measures and weathered the first wave well compared to other countries. The second wave has also been controlled so far. There are clear instructions regarding cleaning and distance rules for the hotels and rental houses and there is a mask requirement throughout the country. There is still a curfew in the evenings and at night, but this does not affect the hotels within the complex.

The Dominican Republic also decided not to introduce any quarantine requirements for travelers because the other measures worked well. If the country of origin does not require quarantine either, it definitely invites you to travel to the Dominican Republic. The fact that almost everything takes place outside here is a great advantage.

How did you adapt to the current situation?

We rent holiday homes and have made some changes, especially with the cleaning work, and use the recommended products. We also deliberately avoid departure and arrival on the same day, so that there is enough time to clean everything thoroughly. The employees all wear masks and avoid direct contact as much as possible.

What opportunities do you see for the region with a view to the future?

More than ever, people are looking for beautiful destinations to combine travel and work. Many stay for a longer period of time, from which the landlords of holiday apartments and small hotels in particular benefit. Local weekend tourism has also increased significantly, which in turn helps the smaller businesses to cover the relatively low fixed costs. For large all-inclusive hotels, the situation is definitely a much greater challenge, as they are dependent on a certain volume. But I think that these tourists will slowly come back too.

What advice would you give to travelers to the Dominican Republic?

I would advise travelers to avoid the large all-inclusive hotels and to visit the smaller hotels and tourist resorts. There are beautiful places in the mountains, on the SamanĂ¡ peninsula and also in the south of the island, where you can spend wonderful holidays far away from mass tourism. From my point of view, the biggest advantage at the moment is the low number of tourists, which makes traveling very pleasant.

Nicole Glur with her husband

Nicole Glur came to the Dominican Republic for the first time in 1995 for an internship, where she immediately fell in love with nature, the climate and spontaneous, happy people. After her training at the tourism school and some professional experience in Switzerland, she returned to the island in 1998. In the end she stayed because of love. Today she rents out various holiday homes with her husband.

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