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    Tourism Ministry to enact Congressman Espaillat’s suggestions

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic will implement recommendations offered by Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) to improve safety models for the protection of tourists in the Dominican Republic. Espaillat published these recommendations after his visit to the country earlier this month, during which he met with leaders of the tourism industry and officials of the Embassy of the United States.

    Congressman Espaillat recommended that the Tourism Ministry continue working with hotels to ensure that tourists and guests have access to emergency services and standardized information on emergency services, such as how to communicate with the local 911 system, publishing it in hotel rooms and as information delivered to all hotels and resorts.

    The chief of staff of the Ministry of Tourism, Pablo Espinal, spoke with CNN en Espanol and indicated that in the coming weeks, each hotel in the country will be asked to publish an emergency information card in all rooms with ways to communicate with the embassies, the tourism police and the 911 services.

    Espaillat recommended that the country continue to deepen the coordination between the Office of the Attorney General of the Dominican Republic and the law enforcement agencies of the United States, including the ATF and the FBI, as this would help ensure coordination in a timely manner on any case involving the death of a citizen of the United States.

    CNN reported that the FBI has a team of researchers on the island that assists in the toxicology tests of deaths of three Americans. In addition, island officials have also invited the ATF and the CDC to join the investigation.

    Additionally, Congressman Espaillat recommended that the Ministry of Tourism take the existing international standards to control the quality of food and alcohol offered in hotels and resorts to apply a more robust and double review.

    Espinal explained to CNN that hotels that have been inspected twice a year in the past will be inspected four times a year, including a detailed food and beverage inspection.

    Congressman Espaillat also recommended that the Ministry of Tourism offer health insurance at low cost to tourists and praised the fact that the entity will take more measures to monitor the medical facilities located inside the hotels and will create an emergency center for tourists.

    “The growth and expansion of the tourism industry in the Dominican Republic must be paired with the safety and well-being of travelers, and I am pleased that the country’s Ministry of Tourism is implementing the necessary measures to keep this important sector of tourism which is vital in the Dominican economy,” said Congressman Espaillat. “The Dominican Republic continues to be one of the main tourist destinations for Americans, and I remain committed to working with the country to ensure this trend continues and the safety and welfare of tourists remains a priority.”

    According to reports from the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, among the total of tourists who visit the island each year, 41.6% (equivalent to 2,334,987 travelers in 2018) come from the United States of America (USA), the country’s main trading partner.


    https://dominicantoday.com/dr/touris...nBhteAKuErCmS8

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    Good ideas and procedures very important. But keep in mind people must have the desire and training to do their job correctly
    I once saw this in practice while working in Herrera. Their was a fire the sirens went off and after about half hour the fire truck came rambling down the road in direction of the smoke . Approximately an hour later [must have been small fire] The trucks came back at full speed. I asked a guy i was working with why the rush coming back from the fire. He said It was lunch time now and they were hungry

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    We're from the government and we're here to help you.

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    as much as talk - this could be nice window dressing to appease the big American press machine

    promise the world...and hope for the same press exposure

    The idea has merit....
    implementation ??
    therein lies the crux

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    as much as talk - this could be nice window dressing to appease the big American press machine

    promise the world...and hope for the same press exposure

    The idea has merit....
    implementation ??
    therein lies the crux
    Gotta start somewhere...But, as always, the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

    If they can implement the mandatory emergency health insurance, at least tourists won't panic about the cash-up-front, no ticket/no laundry approach to DR emergency healthcare services.
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    agreed - good idea...

    just the implementation that might be the squeeze
    I said way back - another thread- it might be a plus for tourism

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    as much as talk - this could be nice window dressing to appease the big American press machine

    promise the world...and hope for the same press exposure

    The idea has merit....
    implementation ??
    therein lies the crux
    Sort of like the “all resorts must install security cameras in 60 days”.......

    I can assure you there are no cameras installed on the grounds of the Iberostar in Puerto Plata.....and when asked about them......got that “what are you talking about look”......

    Window dressing for sure.

    As to providing and charging for health insurance to tourists.....that in my opinion is a good concept.....but the reality will be another story.

    But all those UTESA doctors that could not empty bed pans in the US..... will now be employed as resort physicians....but it will give a sense of comfort to the tourists.....and to your point.....positive press exposure.

    Respectfully,
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    If people want health insurance, let them buy it on their own. Why make it mandatory? Are we/they trying to turn the RD into the USA where everything is regulated?

    Horrible idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by playacaribe2 View Post
    Sort of like the “all resorts must install security cameras in 60 days”.......

    I can assure you there are no cameras installed on the grounds of the Iberostar in Puerto Plata.....and when asked about them......got that “what are you talking about look”......

    Window dressing for sure.

    As to providing and charging for health insurance to tourists.....that in my opinion is a good concept.....but the reality will be another story.

    But all those UTESA doctors that could not empty bed pans in the US..... will now be employed as resort physicians....but it will give a sense of comfort to the tourists.....and to your point.....positive press exposure.

    Respectfully,
    Playacaribe2
    One thing most doctors in the DR are very familiar with are stomach and intestinal problems. Both these problems are common among tourists that frequent A1s.

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    If you think about this... the health insurance idea - it fits right in with what the Gov't has been doing

    Residency applicants have recently been made to buy insurance in the event they run afoul of the laws/rules whatever
    This way nobody is put in a financial bind -
    not the person, not the gov't - nobody

    Remember the discussion about police costs tracking unruly tourists...
    detracts from the care of the citizenry

    Hospitals/clinics are no different -
    they incur costs for legitimate reasons or for stupidity resulting in personal harm

    RD is a poor country.....

    I'm starting to like the idea...

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