[PRESS RELEASE] Dominica announces 2022 performance numbers, forecasts for positive growth in 2023

A visitor relaxes at the refreshing and scenic Boeri Lake, Dominica.

Discover Dominica, the tourism office for the island of Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-EEK-a), reports a significant increase in 2022 tourism arrival numbers, projecting even stronger growth in 2023.

The destination welcomed 60,704 visitors in 2022 compared to 14,888 in 2021, an increase of more than 308%. The uptick can be attributed to a few key factors including an increase post-pandemic travel demand, relaxed COVID protocols, the island’s first direct flight from the U.S., as well as being recognized by well known travel sources as a top Caribbean destination.

“We are thrilled to see the comeback of travel,” said Discover Dominica CEO Colin Piper. “We are still working toward recovery as we are not yet back to pre-pandemic numbers, but we are in a good place as we begin 2023 with strong bookings throughout the winter travel season. In 2023, Dominica remains focused on its sustainability efforts, which is becoming an increasingly popular selling point of the island.”

Overall, 2022 proved to be a momentous year for Dominica. Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic when demand for new travel experiences and outdoor adventures were at an all-time high, the island had much to celebrate. From the opening of Coulibri Ridge, an ultra-luxury resort that is completely self-sufficient, to the record numbers of attendees at the first in-person World Creole Music Festival since the pandemic, the island saw a tremendous amount of interest among repeat and new visitors to the island.

For the first time, Dominica received recognition from some of the world’s leading travel publications as a coveted tourism destination in the region. The Nature Island was recognized by Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards as the number one island on the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas list for 2022.

Additionally, Lonely Planet named Dominica as one of the top destinations to unwind in its ‘Best in Travel’ list for 2023, marking another first for the island. Forbes also featured Dominica as one of the top destinations to travel to in 2023.

December 2022 marked the first anniversary of American Airlines’ nonstop service to Dominica from Miami International Airport. The first commercial service to the island from the U.S, the addition of the flight has made the island more accessible than ever before. As of November 2022, the American Airlines’ service contributed nearly 33% of all carrier contributions to the island. Service will continue throughout 2023 with changes to the schedule and frequency.

“The addition of the American Airlines flight had a significant impact on our tourism arrivals. It’s never been faster or easier for U.S. visitors to travel to and from Dominica. It’s also a valuable addition for the diaspora community,” continued Piper. “We appreciate American Airlines continued support and look forward to seeing more U.S. travelers exploring our beautiful island this year.”

For more information on Dominica, visit Dominica’s official website at www.discoverdominica.com, explore the destination’s YouTube Page and follow Dominica on Instagram and Facebook.

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10 Comments

  1. Marty
    January 25, 2023

    A 60% increase of nothing still equates to nothing. These people try to fool all you 7 days a week. In 99.9% of the cases you let them get away with it. HOLD THEM TO ACCOUNT!

  2. Lin clown
    January 24, 2023

    I agree with ds,the bums are at it again.He is probably on Rikers Island serving time for corruption.Losers,traitors,crooks and Judases.Despite what those traitors say Dominica is making progress.A lot of these guys left for greener pastures they FAILED.They never expected the people they left behind to own $250,000,$300,000 and $400,000 houses and apartments.They did not expect to see more than 37,000 registered vehicles on the streets of Dominica.And they never Skerrit and the DLP to build Dominica after Maria.So,they mad.

  3. Max
    January 24, 2023

    Didn’t American just cancel a whole load of flights because there’s not enough demand?

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  4. Zandoli
    January 23, 2023

    ” It’s never been faster or easier for U.S. visitors to travel to and from Dominica”….
    Uhh, I don’t think so. If you consider connecting in Chatlotte, NC , Philadelphia or Miami with a second connecting flight in San Juan as being ” faster and easier”, then yes it is easier. But given there were daily flights out of Miami, it would now be considered much more difficult and expensive to get to Dominica.
    You guys are experts at fooling Dominican, but you cannot pull the wool over our eyes.

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  5. MEME
    January 23, 2023

    The title is very misleading if you are referring to growth in just tourism arrivals only; growth that has not even brought the country back to where it was during the pre covid years.
    Compare this increase to increases in other countries in the region, and it will seen that this is just a farce…At attemp intended to decieve the unsuspecting ones amongst us!!!
    POOR TRY!!

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  6. Toto
    January 23, 2023

    It is good to see an increase in visitors of course but two question for Colin Piper.
    1 . If there is this increase in visitors why have American Airlines reduced their flight to three times a week right in the high season for the Caribbean. It does not add up.
    2. Was the increase in visitors last year accounted for by stay-overs, cruise passengers or those staying with friends and family or a combination of all. I would like to see a breakdown. Thank you.

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  7. January 23, 2023

    Great! We look forward to a productive and successful 2023. These figures won’t impress Ibo France at all. He is only impressed with losers and has great respect for losers as he has already indicated. He contributes nothing towards Dominica’s development but runs his mouth all day all night on this forum. Looks like the ghost is in him.

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    • Hmmmmmm
      January 24, 2023

      @ds
      You clearly did not read or understand what is in the release, no wonder you thought it was about Ibo.
      The figures are staggeringly POOR, way below pre pandemic levels, and still keeps Dominica LAST in the region.
      Your scatterbrain. Did you even attend school? You have no ability to understand basic writings..
      Sack So.!

      • January 26, 2023

        It will only get better when Thomas Fontaine becomes the PM of Dominica. Wishful thinking, not on this earth. Only in your scattered brain dreams. Too bad I don’t depend on you for a decent, healthy meal everyday. Too bad I don’t live in the ghetto like you.

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