Tourism to the Dominican Republic has taken a massive hit as the embattled Caribbean nation grapples with an onslaught of reports revealing American tourists are dying and falling sick there in droves.
Trips booked to the island dropped by 74.3% for the months of July and August compared to the same period last year, according to a study from ForwardKeys, which analyzes more than 17 million daily bookings.
The number of trips canceled to the country also increased by 51.2% between June 1 and June 19.
The cancellations spiked by 70% on June 10, the day that 53-year-old Leyla Cox died at a Punta Cana resort. The Staten Island mom’s family was told she died of a heart attack during a birthday trip to the island.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Jackie Salo