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American tourists are canceling their trips to Dominican Republic following deaths

Sunday 23/June/2019 - 12:24 PM
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Edited By: Ahmad El-Assasy
American tourists are beginning to consider different travel destinations after a wave of fatalities in the Dominican Republic، according to Fox Business.

ForwardKeys، which analyzes flight data، said that from June 1 to June 17، flight cancellations increased by 45 percent، according to The Washington Post Opens a New Window..

Meanwhile، flight bookings to the island from the U.S. in July and August decreased by 59 percent، compared to a year ago، according to ForwardKeys، which analyzes about 17 million flight bookings a day.

“The recent deaths of U.S. tourists in the Dominican Republic appear to have had a dramatic impact on travel to the destination،” ForwardKeys told Bloomberg Opens a New Window. in a statement.


ForwardKeys did not immediately respond to FOXBusiness’ request for comment.

The American Society of Travel Advisors told CNBC Opens a New Window. that about 60 percent of travel advisors recently canceled trips for American clients planning to go to the Dominican Republic.

Kayak، a travel search site، told The Washington Post that flight searches from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic have dropped by 19 percent since the beginning of the month، compared to last year.

Some airlines responded to growing concerns from customers about travel to the Caribbean island after at least 11 American tourists died in the past year.

The Dominican Republic also made headlines after former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz was shot in the back at a bar in the country's capital in June by a gunman who mistook him for the intended target، Dominican officials said Wednesday.
The Minister of Tourism of the Dominican Republic، Francisco Javier Garcia، said the deaths were not part of a mysterious wave of fatalities.

"We want the truth to prevail،" García said. "There is nothing to hide here."

An estimated 3.2 million Americans visited the Dominican Republic in 2018.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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