Statement from the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism

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We offer our sincerest condolences to the family of Leyla Ann Cox. A comprehensive autopsy was completed and confirmed that Ms. Cox passed of natural causes. Specific findings will not be commented on out of respect for Ms. Cox and her family. The safety and well-being of travelers remain our utmost priority. We recently introduced a number of new initiatives and enhanced measures, including reinforcing the availability of 911 emergency response services within each guest room and at the time of check-in, establishing a multilingual emergency tourist center to seamlessly connect visitors and their families with government agencies, as well as doubling hotel inspections. We will continue to introduce new safety initiatives as part of the Integral Tourism Security Review ordered by our President by Decree in January.