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Hot off the Press re tourists deaths in Punta Cana

In a Fox43 article published Oct 16 , FBI toxicology reports are said to support local authorities in their determination of natural causes as the cause of death in 3 tourist deaths. And, in a separate follow up, Gonzalo Del Peón President of AMResorts® stated

We know the passing of these individuals is difficult for their family and friends and our hearts go out to them. We also appreciate the State Department’s willingness to share information about the additional toxicology tests, ensuring travelers have accurate information about these sensationalized deaths in the Dominican Republic, despite extensive and misleading media coverage.

AMResorts operates Secrets Resorts, a group of highly rated adult only all inclusive resorts as well as the popular Dreams Resorts oriented toward families and other all inclusive resort properties . Mr. Del Peon when on to say

The Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism has taken steps to further enhance the safety of the tourists, including increasing security standards in hotel establishments, improving emergency protocols, increasing training, providing accreditation around food and beverage safety, and implementing a program to assist tourists.

In 2018, 6.6 million tourists visited the Dominican Republic, of which 3.2 million came from the United States and Canada. 99 percent of the tourists from the United States said they would return to the country on vacation and 94 percent evaluated the Dominican Republic’s tourism services as excellent.

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