The Government of the Dominican Republic announced that it will hold an act on Wednesday with foreign ambassadors to defend its tourism sector, the main source of income of the country, after the death of several American tourists in hotels of the national territory.
The information was offered Tuesday by the Dominican Foreign Minister, Miguel Vargas, who will participate in the meeting along with several ministers, including Tourism, Francisco Javier García; and the Attorney General of the Republic, Jean Alain Rodríguez. Vargas told a press conference that there is a “discredit campaign” against the Dominican Republic “with the purpose of harming the political order and the economic order” after the death of eight US citizens since the beginning of the year, deaths that the Dominican authorities attribute to health problems. Later, The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that representatives of the diplomatic and consular corps accredited in the country have been invited to “counteract the negative media campaign against the Dominican Republic in the field of tourism and security.” At the meeting, Dominican officials will offer details of what the Government does to counteract this situation. Details of local investigations on the deaths of tourists will also be expanded.