Hard Rock Punta refuses alcohol after tourists die

The Dominican Republic’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana Announces Plans to Remove Spirits Dispensers From In-Room Minibars To Reassure Its Guests.

The news of the owners’ decision came after a series of tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic, some of which were reportedly alcohol-related. Two of these deaths occurred at the casino at the Hard Rock Hotel.

Commenting on its recent decision, Hard Rock Punta Cana CEO Erica Lopez told reporters that the hotel hopes to “provide more peace of mind for guests.” Ms Lopez further clarified that the move was not caused by the aforementioned two deaths of guests during their stay at the complex.

The Dominican Republic is a popular destination for tourists from different countries. According to statistics published by the Caribbean Tourism Organization, this Caribbean country received about 6.5 million tourists last year, more than any other in the region. Of these 6.5 million international tourists, about 2.2 million were from the United States.

Game and hotel company Hard Rock International debuted in Punta Cana in January 2011. The resort hotel and casino with an area of ​​almost 0.5 km² became the first All Inclusive hotel in the company’s portfolio.

The Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana features 1,800 rooms, a casino with a high-limit poker room, a VIP lounge chair, a bookmaker, 457 slot machines and 40 gaming tables, several restaurants and nightclubs, an 18-hole Nicklaus golf course, over 10 spacious pools and a number of other amenities.

Death streak

At least 10 American tourists have died during or after their stay in the Dominican Republic in the past 12 months, according to the U.S. Department of State. Dominican Republic authorities do not believe that the deaths were related.

The country’s tourism minister, Francisco Javier Garcia, told the media that “it is not true that a lot of American tourists are dying in our country, and it is not true that we have mysterious deaths.”

The FBI was hired to help with toxicology tests on three American tourists who died last year.

Carlos Suero, a spokesman for the Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Health, explained that authorities always carry out an “extensive set of tests” when a guest dies in a hotel room. The minibar, as well as water from showers and sinks, are carefully checked for bacteria, added Mr. Suero.

The first of two recent deaths that occurred at Hard Rock Punta Cana involves a man who died in his room in July 2018 aftere underwater walk. His wife reported that the next morning after her he was sweating and could not get out of bed. According to local authorities, the cause of his death was a heart attack.

The second death of a hotel client involves a 67-year-old man who fell ill there last spring. His son-in-law told the media that the man died after drinking scotch from the minibar in his room

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