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Last week, it was reported that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ruled out poisoned alcohol as the cause of two American tourists' deaths in the country in May, bolstering the Dominican government's findings that a spate of tourist deaths this year were not the result of foul play. According to the State Department, "Toxicology testing completed to date have been consistent with the findings of local authorities. We have seen no increase over the past several years in the number of U.S. citizens who pass away while visiting or living in the Dominican Republic." The media frenzy over this situation certainly had a negative impact on our industry - over the summer a full 58 percent of our members reported experiencing trip cancellations or postponements to DR. For a refresher on how to handle client inquiries on situations like this, see our June member guidance below.


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