The Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Tourism is instating new safety measures to calm the fears of American tourists travelling to the Caribbean island, reports CNN.
What measures have been put in place?
The tourism industry in the Dominican Republic took a hit recently owing to numerous deaths of American tourists. The new safety measures put in place include: inspecting hotels more often, requiring hotels to post emergency contact information in every guest room. Further, more monitoring measures will be added to medical facilities located inside hotels and emergency tourist centre will be opened.
The Ministry of Tourism’s chief of staff Pablo Espinal said: “Given the amount of coverage that we have gotten over the last couple of months we do recognize that there may be some concern among some of the tourists.”
10 American tourists have died since last year in the Dominican Republic
Since June 2018, at least 10 American citizens have died due to sudden health issues in the Dominican Republic. The FBI has sent a team of investigators to the island to assist with the toxicology tests of three American deaths. Dominican Republic authorities continue to affirm that their own investigations revealed that the Americans died from natural causes.
Strict inspections will be put in place
Espinal further explained that all hotels have been inspected twice a year in the past. However, they will now be inspected four times a year, including detailed food and beverage check-ups. Over the course of the next few weeks, every hotel in the country will be required to post an emergency information card in every guest room.
The card will have contact information on embassies, the tourism police force and 911 services. The qualifications of the medical personnel working inside first aid facilities at hotels will be verified for licensing requirements and training.
The new precautions want to reassure tourists that authorities are doing their best to maintain a safe environment. Espinal said: “This is really just our way of saying not only are we as of today the safest destination in the region. But we are going to continue to work to remain the safest destination in the region.”