However, lost amid the hype is the fact that Americans are more likely to be killed in a homicide in the U.S. than die of unnatural causes in the Dominican Republic, according to U.S. State Department statistics reported by CNN. State Department spokesperson confirmed the death of a US citizen to Denver7.
García said that it's not unusual for some people to die while on vacation over any six-month period given that some 3.2 million tourists from the United States visited the Dominican Republic past year.
The passing of New York-based restaurant owner Vittorio Caruso this week marks the eighth confirmed death of an American tourist visiting the Dominican Republican this year.
At least some of the deaths are believed to have been from natural causes, and so far a connection between the deaths has not been established. Local and United States authorities maintain that the deaths are not related. "Our analysis of leisure travel shows a striking correlation".
Is traveling to the Dominican risky for Americans? The bookings then stalled again following the death of travelers Leyla Cox and Joseph Allen in June.
Bookings between July and August have also seen a 59 percent drop over past year, Fox Business reported.
Other U.S. airlines that fly to the Dominican Republic have not issued waivers, but American Airlines passengers can reach out directly with requests to make changes.
"It amounts to a awful image crisis for the Dominican Republic because the US is the number one source market for tourism to the destination and its economy is highly dependent on foreign visitors", he continued.
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