Amid headlines about tourist deaths, Delta Airlines announced that it would allow passengers with tickets to Punta Cana, where at least three U.S. UU. Tourists have died — to cancel or reschedule their flights “due to recent events. Delta passengers who purchased tickets to the punta cana airport before June 21 have until August.
Passengers who decide to cancel their flights completely have one year from the date of booking to use the credits. Last week, the Hard Rock Hotel%26 Casino announced that it would remove liquor dispensers from all rooms at the Punta Cana location, along with other security measures. In a statement, the hotel clarified that it was doing so on the basis of “guest feedback” and “improving security in the future, not because of reports that some United States,. Tourist deaths may have been caused by contaminated alcohol.
Dominican officials have also not confirmed reports that authorities were investigating contaminated alcohol. According to Hard Rock, in addition to recalling liquor dispensers, all alcohol on the property will be branded and sourced from the U.S. Except specialty drinks from the Dominican Republic, including Presidente beer. In addition, Hard Rock's Punta Cana branch will hire a.
The headlines about the death of American tourists and have fueled speculation among travelers that the Caribbean country is an unsafe destination for travelers. Security issues began to emerge in May, when three apparently healthy American tourists died suddenly at the same resort in the same week. The FBI confirmed that it is helping the Dominican police in the investigations. The State Department said there has been no evidence of foul play or signs that the deaths are connected.
Despite tragic headlines, security experts warn travelers not to rush. The connections, they say, are not immediately apparent and security experts in particular say that the country is no more dangerous than it was before. In a statement, a State Department spokesman tells TIME that there has been no increase in reported deaths of US tourists in the Dominican Republic. But for those millions of travelers with booked trips, police and resort officials are asking the public to wait for the conclusions of the investigations before making assumptions and denying that there is anything nefarious at stake.
This year there have been several high-profile cases involving American tourists dying while staying in the Dominican Republic. Seven deaths have been attributed to tourists who fall ill and die from health-related problems. According to the GoFundMe page started by his sister-in-law, Marla Strick, Adkins traveled to the Dominican Republic with his daughter last week when she suddenly fell ill. During his flight back to Colorado on Sunday, Adkins fell ill on the plane, vomited, and was forced to go to a hospital in Santo Domingo.
Family suspects death after Curran vomited and failed to respond shortly after he and his wife had dinner the night they arrived, reports WKYC. He was staying at the Hard Rock Hotel %26 Casino in Punta Cana. In April, the bodies of New York City couple Orlando Moore, 40, and Portia Ravenelle, 52, were found after being reported missing for weeks. Dominican authorities confirmed that the couple died in a car accident in Santo Domingo.
Arnold told Fox that Dominican authorities have not yet confirmed the cause of his uncle's death. Five days after the death of Schaup-Werner, 49-year-old Day, and 63-year-old Holmes, a couple from Maryland were found in their hotel rooms, unanswered. They were staying at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana, which is less than a mile from the sister resort Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville, where Schaup-Werner was staying. The case is still under investigation and there were no signs of violence in the case, according to the complex.
Leyla Cox, 53, was found dead in her hotel room on June 11 while staying at the Excellence Resort in Punta Cana. Allen, a native of New Jersey, died while on vacation in the Dominican Republic, a State Department spokesman confirms to TIME. Allen was found dead in his hotel room in Terra Linda Sosua on June 13, according to WABC in New York. Jamie Reed, her sister, told WABC that her brother was celebrating a friend's birthday and regularly visited the area.
Caruso, 56, died on June 17 after staying at the Boca Chica Resort in Santo Domingo. The family is still waiting for autopsy reports, but said they have been told “conflicting stories” from different people about the circumstances surrounding Caruso's death. David Ortiz, the former Red Sox batsman, was ambushed on June 9 while sitting outside a lounge bar in Santo Domingo, the capital and largest city of the Dominican Republic. Surveillance footage of the attack shows a motorist approaching Ortiz and opening fire, beating the retired baseball star and others in his group.
Dominican authorities identified on June 17 the man they believe paid hit men to try to kill Ortiz, adding that they were approaching the mastermind and the motive behind the shooting, the Associated Press reported. Authorities have 10 people in custody related to the shooting and are looking for at least two others. Dozens of members of Oklahoma's Central Parrothead Association, a group for Jimmy Buffet and trop rock fans, say they fell “seriously ill days” during their stay at the Riu Palace Macao Hotel in Punta Cana in April. Dana Flowers, member and travel agent, tells TIME that 47 of the 114 members traveling with the group fell ill almost immediately, including him.
Flowers says that some members of the group visited the resort's doctor, who gave patients medication for parasites. RIU Hotels %26 Resorts, where the group stayed, tells TIME that the hotel doctors treated three patients for gastroenteritis and could not determine the source of their stomach flu. Bradley, the international SOS analyst, says there is likely to be a reasonable explanation for the wave of tourist deaths. He says potential travelers, who are worried about the recent deaths, should make sure they have a plan for what to do if they get sick.
Bradley suggests that travelers should have the phone number of the best hospitals nearby and should check with their insurance providers to ensure they are covered while traveling. He says travelers can ask hotels if they offer on-site medical assistance. Travelers can also arrange for immediate medical attention back home if they have to leave unexpectedly. Bradley says he would advise anyone concerned about traveling to the Dominican Republic to take the same precautions that he would take when going anywhere else.
Given the State Department's level two security rating, Bradley advises travelers not to go anywhere alone, especially at night. And if you wander around on your own, says Bradley, let an escort know when you plan to return so they know something is wrong if you don't come back. Dr. Robert Quigley, senior vice president and regional medical director of SOS International, says travelers should take extra precautions with their health when they are away from home.
Advise travelers to visit a doctor before embarking on their trip, especially if they may have a chronic medical condition or cardiovascular disease. Quigley says lack of sleep and stress can “exacerbate underlying and sometimes asymptomatic serious cardiovascular diseases. He also advised travelers to pack additional medications in case their trip home is delayed. As stories continue to emerge, some travelers have taken to social media to express their concern about traveling to the Caribbean country.
While officials from the Dominican Republic's Ministry of Tourism told TIME that they were unable to elaborate on the situation due to the ongoing investigation, Francisco Javier García, Minister of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, said the investigations are not affecting the number of tourists visiting the country. He called the Dominican Republic a “quiet, peaceful and safest destination in the region, and said tourists can “rest assured that authorities are working hard to clarify these incidents. Despite the tranquility, some travelers say that the incidents have cast doubt on the country's security and refuse to take risks. The original version of this story erroneously expressed the largest city in the Dominican Republic.
It's Santo Domingo, not Punta Cana. Several of the deaths were reported to be a heart attack, which according to health officials is the most common cause of death among Americans on vacation. CBS News can confirm that lawyers for the families of Nathaniel Edward Holmes and Cynthia Ann Day, who died on May 30, ordered independent autopsies to get to the bottom of what is happening. The Washington Post reported last week that Cynthia Schaup-Werner's family, who died on May 25, is also awaiting an independent investigation in the US.
One died on a Bahia Principe property in Punta Cana and two died at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana, their families said. Two died after having a drink from the minibar, families said. Before the Maryland couple's death came to light, the Dominican tourism industry began to attract greater scrutiny in late May when a Delaware woman, Tammy Lawrence-Daley, said she had been attacked in January at the Majestic Elegance resort in Punta Cana by a man in a hotel uniform, who severely beat her and she left for dead. Family members of 67-year-old Wallace told Fox News that he had died after visiting the Hard Rock Hotel %26 Casino Resort in Punta Cana.
A Florida man who went to the Caribbean Club Princess Beach Resort and Spa in Punta Cana in May claims he became seriously ill with stomach pain while swimming in the pool. Dawn McCoy, from Charles County in southern Maryland, near Washington, DC, told INSIDER that her husband, David Harrison, died while they were vacationing at the Hard Rock Hotel %26 Casino in the coastal city of Punta Cana last July. Wallace, 67, a resident of Turlock, California, died after falling ill at Hard Rock Hotel %26 Casino in Punta Cana on April 12, family members told CNN affiliate KTXL. Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana - Adults Only - All Inclusive features a full-service spa, 4 outdoor pools and a casino.
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