One of the pioneers of the tourism industry in the Dominican Republic, Peter Morales Troncoso, passed away last week. As director of tourism, he was one of the first to organize the tourism sector’s promotional trips to spread the word that the Dominican Republic was the new Caribbean hot spot. During the government of President Leonel Fernandez, he had been the governor of the Columbus Lighthouse, a role considered indispensable by the University of Indiana, in collaboration with whom Morales Troncoso developed cooperative research opportunities in the DR, especially related to the Taino culture. He was also a former dean of communication at the Universidad Catolica de Santo Domingo. Morales Troncoso succumbed to cancer on 18 December.