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    Quote Originally Posted by KyleMackey View Post
    Same for Venice. But Urban Euro tourism is different than resort tourism. There is not 250K tourists clogging the streets of Santo Domingo, where the infrastructure if for the people that live, work and commute.
    True.

    There are just 250k cars on the streets designed for 50k.
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    This was sent out on Wednesday as a general press release, in English, to everyone on the mailing list for the tourist boards in all the countries that they operate in. I don't think it is fair or true to say that they are only doing a PR campaign aimed at the locals.

    CONTACT:
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    +1 (305) 532-7950, ext. 241
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    MINISTER OF TOURISM STATES INVESTIGATIONS ARE UNDER WAY AND ENSURES HIGHEST INDUSTRY STANDARDS ARE MET IN THE COUNTRY

    Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June 11, 2019 - The Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic expressed today its sincerest condolences to the families and friends of those affected in the tragic events that have been reported over the last few weeks in the country, adding that it is working closely with the appropriate authorities to solve these cases as quickly as possible.

    “All visitors are very important to us,” Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier Garcia said. “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.

    The Dominican Republic has served as model for other destinations in terms of operations and industry standards. This can be seen in the following statistics reported by the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic:

    - In 2018, 6.6 million tourists visited the Dominican Republic, of which 3.2 million came from the United States and Canada.
    - Almost 30 million tourists have visited the Dominican Republic in the last five years.
    - According to a poll carried out in 2018 by the same institution:

    99% of the tourists from the United States said they would return to our country on vacation and 94% evaluated our tourism services as excellent.
    o 94% of the tourists from Canada said they would return to our country and 97% evaluated our tourism services as excellent.
    - In 2017, the rate of tourist incidents was 1.6 per 100,000 visitors. In 2018, that rate dropped to 1.4 per 100,000 visitors.

    These statistics are widely recognized by international tourism experts. In an interview on June 10th, CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg said that “when you look at the sheer number of people that are vacationing there and then you look at the number of incidents, the numbers are overwhelmingly in your favor, but that shouldn’t prevent you from asking some basic common-sense questions.” In other words, it is important for tourists to take precautions when they travel to any destination in the world.

    Along the same lines, Mark Murphy, CEO of travAlliancemedia, explained in a recent interview that “the FBI and CDC are on the ground. That's the way that this is going to get resolved for Americans who have doubts. This is a destination that has welcomed eight million Americans over the last four years. How many times have we heard about problems?”

    The United States Embassy in Santo Domingo highlighted today that they are “actively working in collaboration with Dominican authorities and the private sector to ensure that all US citizens are and feel safe while in the country.” The Embassy also confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is conducting a deeper toxicology analysis and “results might take up to 30 days”, asking for patience during this process.

    The National Police Department, in collaboration with the Ministry, National Hotel Association (ASONAHORES), the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), is following the due process and working diligently to complete the investigations and to keep the public informed as new findings arise.

    The Ministry is also working with ASONAHORES to reinforce safety conditions and quality control in food, beverages and any other element that has a positive impact on the satisfaction of those who visit our county as tourists.

    While what happened is tragic and regrettable, García said it is important for everyone who wishes to disseminate information about the situation to do it in context and with perspective. It is advisable to wait for the official reports before speculating on the causes of death.

    “We are confident that we can provide a definitive answer as soon as possible,” said García. “You can also be sure that the necessary measures will be taken to make the country even safer for all visitors.”

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    So 6.6 million a year, on average almost 18.100 tourists here on any given day, 93 tourists involved incidents a year, so one incident every 4 days. Seems low. I'd say there are a few incidents a day just on Pedro Clisante lol, but maybe Sosua visitors don't count .

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    Quote Originally Posted by user123 View Post
    So 6.6 million a year, on average almost 18.100 tourists here on any given day, 93 tourists involved incidents a year, so one incident every 4 days. Seems low. I'd say there are a few incidents a day just on Pedro Clisante lol, but maybe Sosua visitors don't count .
    There's a guy who wrote extensively on the misleading use of averages. His name is Hans Rosling and the book is called "Factfulness". Sounds like many could use a read-through

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Rey de Mangu View Post
    There's a guy who wrote extensively on the misleading use of averages. His name is Hans Rosling and the book is called "Factfulness". Sounds like many could use a read-through



    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sm7ArKlzHSM

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    No fui yo .....will not fly for most Americans seeking facts and resolution. The DR should admit fault (if found) and make the necessary improvements ASAP...including no more fake booze in minibars....

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    Quote Originally Posted by user123 View Post
    So 6.6 million a year, on average almost 18.100 tourists here on any given day, 93 tourists involved incidents a year, so one incident every 4 days. Seems low. I'd say there are a few incidents a day just on Pedro Clisante lol, but maybe Sosua visitors don't count .
    Thank you for adding the smiley face. Otherwise, one might fail the introductory statistics class. Yes, the Pedro Clisante incidents would be deemed outliers, and would not be calculated into the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by santiagodude View Post
    No fui yo .....will not fly for most Americans seeking facts and resolution. The DR should admit fault (if found) and make the necessary improvements ASAP...including no more fake booze in minibars....
    If No more fake booze really happened prices would have go up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Africaida View Post
    The campaign should be aimed at foreigners/tourists, particularly American and Canadian...

    That PR team needs to be fired ASAP.
    Well, certainly it would help if it were not just in Spanish!

    They probably do not DARE to post it in English...

    They would be laughed off the airways./Twitter/FB/ etc....

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    What i only have to say, I google about turist death aboard and most of them are in accidents, for example Hawaii last year they had 117 tourist death. I feel sorry for those people that died here and its really bad when is happen, I know you will say but so many in short period, yes, true but to be fair you must know that madia mixed those natural deaths and accidnets deaths with the 3 persons that we can say needs to be investigated.

    Another thing I found from 2012 till 2015 were murder 15 british tourist, that is only from Britain 5 every year murdered, and if we continue searxhing for more for sure we will find more, then wich ine will be more dangerous? Fron January to april we received 2.5 millions tourist and only 3 people died mysteriously thats mean DR is danger with 0.0000012%. Try to see out of the box.

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