On March 18, Ambassador Brewster discussed security for tourists with Asociacion de Hoteles y Proyectos Turisticos de la Zona Este. Punta Cana is the number one tourist destination in the Caribbean. Of the 2 million U.S. visitors to the Dominican Republic in 2015, almost 1.4 million chose to visit Punta Cana. Punta Cana’s economic success depends on its reputation as a safe and secure destination. The vast majority of tourists visit Punta Cana without incident, enjoying the wonderful beaches, first class hotels, and warm Dominican hospitality. However, the embassy remains concerned that a significant minority report problems such as being victims of crime or experiencing a medical emergency with less than satisfactory results. The Ambassador’s visit served to highlight these concerns, but also congratulate the Association for all the work they do to ameliorate the situation.