Following a fantastic fam trip to the Dominican Republic this month, it remains our firm belief that the properties we represent are incredibly safe for tourists and corporate groups. Guest security remains a top priority for AMResorts and they understand how important it is that people feel safe while enjoying the destination. Strict protocols and procedures are in place at each property for guest security. And the bottom line: The State Department has not issued a travel warning about trips to the Dominican Republic.
If you're considering travel to the Dominican Republic, don't get caught up in the recent media fueled headlines. Instead, read between the lines and understand the facts behind why the Dominican Republic remains a largely safe and popular destination.
June 21, 2019
“At this point, there’s no evidence that the spate of death and illness in the Dominican Republic this year is out of the ordinary for any popular tourist destination, according to the U.S. State Department, which said it has seen no unusual spike in deaths reported from the country."
"It is a matter of statistics that a certain number of travelers will suffer serious illnesses, accidents and even death while traveling internationally. The death rate in the Dominican Republic is not any higher than the death rate in the States, officials said."
June 24, 2019
"The State Department said there has been no evidence of foul play and no sign that the deaths are connected."
"Despite the tragic headlines, safety experts are cautioning travelers not to rush to conclusions. The connections, they say, are not immediately apparent and safety experts in particular say that the country is no more dangerous than it was before."
“It’s not an overly dangerous place,” Matthew Bradley, a former CIA agent and current Regional Security Director of International SOS, a travel security company, tells TIME. “I would still consider the Dominican Republic a safe place to go.”
June 20, 2019
"One of those questions is whether the island has become more dangerous for Americans than in previous years. We dug into some data from the last 10 years and the answer is no."
"About 2.7 million U.S. citizens visit the Dominican Republic each year, according to the U.S. State Department. "We have not seen an uptick in the number of U.S. citizen deaths reported to the department," the State Department told NBC."
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The Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic (MITUR)
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