The Facts Behind Traveler Safety in the Dominican Republic

Hotel Punta Cana

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.

Bookings for June are down 74 percent, while other areas like the Bahamas, Aruba and Jamaica are way up, according to ForwardKeys, which analyzes more than 17 million flight bookings a day.

An expert on Dominican tourism told Fox News last week that the country should anticipate a temporary decline in visitors this summer, particularly from the US.

"To support our customers, we are now waiving change fees when rebooking flights to or from the Dominican Republic".

FOX Business spoke to some apprehensive passengers as they were about to board a United Airlines flight headed to Punta Cana.

If you decide to cancel your flight, you'll receive a credit which can be applied to any future flight, though it will expire a year after your original departure date.

An autopsy found that she died of a heart attack, García said.

However, as Fox31 notes, DR officials claimed that the number of deaths is not unusual and that the tourist deaths are not related to one another.

Tourism officials in the Dominican Republic said that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and health specialists were investigating numerous cases.



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