At least seven tourists have died in the Dominican Republic since June 2018, a frightening number that’s bruising the country’s reputation as a travel destination. PR for the Caribbean getaway took another hit this week when future MLB hall-of-fame player David Ortiz was shot at a Santo Domingo nightclub. Despite the litany of bad press, Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia said the Dominican Republic remains safe for travel.
“All visitors are very important to us,” Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier García said in a statement. “The Ministry’s most important responsibilities are to ensure that the highest industry standards are met so that all tourists are safe when visiting. At the same time, it must also work to provide a definitive answer to the afflicted families.