In the wake of a rash of tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana has implemented new safety measures, including the removal of all in-room liquor dispensers. 

At least seven American travelers have died at Dominican resorts this year, with one of those incidents occurring at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana this past April. 

Some of the deceased reportedly drank from their in-room minibars just before falling ill, leading to media speculation that their deaths could be connected to tainted beverages.

"Although the official reports state these incidents are unrelated, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana has taken steps, based on guest feedback, to improve the experience and enhance safety moving forward," the property said in an emailed statement.

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana added that alcoholic beverages would continue to be except Mama Juana and Presidente beer, would continue to be sourced from the U.S.

Additionally, the 1,790-room property has hired a U.S.-based third-party testing lab to provide inspections and laboratory testing of all food and beverage products and public spaces. 

The changes build on Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana's existing security measures, which involve other "rigorous food and beverage protocols, including purchasing products from U.S. licensed and reputable vendors, as well as daily inspections of all products served throughout the hotel."


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