SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – July 17, 2019– Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier García today presented details on the immediate programs and increased measures implemented throughout the country to strengthen the confidence of the travelling public.
According to Minister García, “We have always worked hard to create a safe environment and will continue to be vigilant with comprehensive programs and amplified standards that bolster the well-being of the six million tourists that visit the Dominican Republic each year.”
The pro-active and enhanced measures include:
EMERGENCY TOURIST CENTER
In cooperation with the Attorney General, a multi-lingual emergency center is being established in Bávaro, a primary tourist destination in Punta Cana. The center will be staffed by a team of multi-lingual specialists who will serve as a direct liaison between tourists, their families, and the necessary government entity.
STRINGENT INSPECTION AND COMPLIANCE STANDARDS
Under the purview of the Ministry, the Department of Tourism Services and Companies is doubling inspection capacities and significantly increasing compliance standards in tourist destinations. Specifically, hotels will be required to provide inspectors with detailed food handling protocols as well as comprehensive information on all food and beverage suppliers. Further, the department will continue to closely monitor the medical offices within the hotel facilities and scrutinize the professional qualifications of its doctors, resident doctors, nurses, and assistants. Heightened inspections and oversight will also extend to all aquatic facilities and their required certified lifeguard services.
IMMEDIATE ACCESS TO EMERGENCY INFORMATION
Reinforced mandates require that emergency information and the availability of 911 is clearly posted in every guest room. Additionally, hotel staff will be required to review the information with each guest at the time of check-in to further emphasize access to emergency services and support.
The intensive measures outlined by the Ministry deepen the continued focus on the country’s emergency response and security infrastructure. Previously implemented under a federal initiative, a 911 system was enabled throughout the Dominican Republic, with specific availability in the popular resort areas. In 2018, proactive programs resulted in a 27 percent decrease in the number of criminal acts reported against foreign tourists over the previous year and contributed to the country’s recognition among the safest in the region.
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