Tourism June 10, 2023 | 11:45 am

Asonahores strongly rejects U.S. travel alert

The Association of Hotels and Tourism of the Dominican Republic (Asonahores) said it disagrees with the United States security alert, level 2, for its citizens when traveling to the Caribbean country due to the alleged increase in crime.

Asonahores said that it does not share the criteria of the United States that has raised the alert on crime in the Dominican Republic since there has been no evidence in recent months of any event in our tourist poles that would motivate such action.

“For our association, this alert comes as a surprise, since the Dominican Republic continues to be one of the safest tourist destinations in the entire region, taking into account the number of events per 100,000 foreign visitors,” he said.

He said he hopes that the United States can rectify this alert in the shortest possible time and that we continue to promote good relations and collaboration between our countries.

The U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic issued a security alert urging its citizens to take extra precautions due to increased crime.

“Violent crime, including armed robberies, homicides and sexual assaults, are of concern throughout the Dominican Republic,” it states through the travel advisory, which places the national territory at level 2.

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Ramon Garcia
June 10, 2023 3:45 pm

It’s not about safety is about DR refusing to adopt progressive liberal policies imposed by this administrations. Policies such as legalize abortion, embracing and promoting hospitalization, opening up the border, allow Haitians to take over DR, and others.

June 10, 2023 4:49 pm
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June 11, 2023 12:14 am
Reply to  Ramon Garcia

they’re trying to squeeze us this way …
Now liberals gonna give me minus …? ? ?

June 12, 2023 8:45 am
Reply to  Ramon Garcia

The Biden administration wants the tranies to take over…sick

Paul Tierney
June 11, 2023 8:29 am

Asonahores can disagree with the security alert. But that does not disqualify the fact there are high crime levels in the country, that violent crimes are increasing, and they do happen in tourist locations. One who has not been hiding under a rock is aware tourist zones do have crimes, some of which are swept under the rug to protect the tourist’s sense of safety. It is not uncommon that crimes in tourist sectors are reported by the media using crime location aliases, aliases not known by tourists. It provides tourism promoters deniability of crimes in tourist zones. So, what is Asonahores doing?

Steve Seaman
June 12, 2023 7:24 am

All things are relative and although the DR could do more in fighting crime the levels still compare very favourably with other destinations in the region and not a few US cities. In short, statistically many US city dwellers would be safer here than at home.

Peter Harris
June 12, 2023 4:47 pm

There is increased crime because people are broke. There is also a rise in the use of crack cocaine. It is one of the most addictive drugs on the market. There have been crack houses for years within blocks of the tourist Zonas Colonial. The police do not close them down . Perhaps the Hotel Association should ask them why . Get to the root of the problem if you want long term solutions.