The CEO of a hotel chain in the Dominican Republic has suggested that & # 39; other water & # 39; is to blame for Americans falling ill abroad after the mysterious death of 13 tourists on the island – including two at his resort.
Jim Allen from Hard Rock International was against it CNBC when he claimed & # 39; the reality is that when people travel abroad, people just get sick often just by drinking water & # 39 ;.
Two tourists – David Harrison and Robert Bell Wallace – died while on vacation at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana.
When asked if illegal alcohol can be the cause of the deaths that the businessman has added: & I think it is frankly part of today's media cycle. The reality is that when people travel abroad, people often get sick simply by drinking water that is different from what we are used to in the United States.
& # 39; Seven people have died in the last year and a half and they will certainly be examined. We have to wait until the Dominican returns with details about all those unfortunate passages. & # 39;
His comments came because it revealed the families of three of them who died while on vacation to perform their own autopsies.
The family of Cynthia Ann Day and Nathaniel Edward Holmes, who were found dead in their hotel room at the Bahia Principe Hotel, La Romana on May 30, & # 39; want to know the truth & quot ;, said their lawyer.
Steven Bullock said: & They don't want investigations to be skewed. I don't suggest that that would be the case, but they just don't want to take a risk. & # 39;
The family of Miranda Schaup-Werner, who died within hours of consuming a drink from a resort minibar in the same hotel, is also waiting for the results of an independent investigation in the United States, their lawyer Joseph Cullen said.
Jim Allen, CEO of Hard Rock International, has suggested that & # 39; other water & # 39; is the fault of Americans who fall ill abroad, after the mysterious death of 13 tourists on the island
CEO Allen spoke a few days after a father-in-two from Denver became the 13th American tourist to die on the island in a year.
Khalid Adkins, 46, who had been on holiday with his daughter, was expected to fly back to the US on Sunday, but suffered from kidney failure before he got out and had to be rushed to a hospital where he died on Wednesday.
Death is another devastating blow to the country's crumbling reputation as a tourist paradise, after Delta Air Lines announced it would allow passengers to re-book or cancel their flights to the Dominican Republic free of charge.
Allen admits that the bookings on the market are a & # 39; comprehensible & # 39; 20 percent are in the aftermath of the dead.
He said: & # 39; The market bookings are more than 20 percent and that is understandable.
& # 39; I think this is the classic case of how important it is to ensure that accurate information is reported to the general public.
& # 39; But it's also one of the challenges to be in a country like the Dominican Republic.
& # 39; Their tourism ministry has come out, made some public statements last week. When you really study the numbers, and it's important to understand which numbers are factual and which ones are exaggerated.
& # 39; But there is clearly a concern to ensure that people are safe in every foreign country.
& # 39; We are active in 75 different countries, we have certainly seen an impact on bookings and we hope we can go further.
& # 39; Most importantly, it does not appear that there is a person who intentionally poisons people who were first reported. & # 39;
David Harrison died while on vacation at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana to celebrate his wedding anniversary. Robert Bell Wallace, 67, from California, fell ill almost immediately after drinking an alcoholic beverage from his minibar in the room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana. He died in the hospital on April 14
Adkins was incorporated in the Dominican capital Santo Domingo and his family has now set up a GoFundMe account to cover costly funeral costs
Adkins is pictured above with his other daughter. A GoFundMe page reads: & # 39; We just want to get his body home to hopefully get some answers and help these two young adults aged 20 and 24 and have lived with only their father since the age of 7 and now he's gone & # 39;
Amid a wave of inexplicable diseases on the island, 13 Americans have now died during their visit to the Dominican Republic.
David Harrison died in July 2018 during a trip to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana with his wife, Dawn McCoy, and their 12-year-old son, David Jr.
Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California died of septic shock, pneumonia and multi-organ failure on April 12.
Vittorio Caruso, 56, from Glen Cove, died of respiratory and heart failure on June 17.
Jerry Curran, 78, died on January 26, three days after arriving in the country with his wife Janet during their stay at the Dreams Resort in Punta Cana.
Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, headed home the day they were found dead at the Bahía Principe hotel in the Playa Nueva Romana resort.
TIMELINE: American tourists who mysteriously died in the Dominican Republic
September 17, 2016: Barbara Diane Maser-Mitchell, a 69-year-old retired nurse from Pennsylvania, suffered cardiac arrest after leaving the Excellence resort in Punta Cana.
April 18, 2018: Chris Palmer was found dead in his room at the Villa Cocotal Palma resort in Punta Cana
June 2018: Yvette Monique Sport, 51, from Glenside, Pennsylvania, dies after drinking from the minibar at a hotel in Bahia Principe in Punta Cana. Family said Sport had the drink, went to sleep and never woke up.
July 2018: David Harrison dies while on vacation at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana to celebrate his wedding anniversary. He woke up struggling to breathe and covered with sweat. He died the same day. He visited the doctor for the trip that had given him a clean health certificate.
January 26, 2019: Jerry Curran, a 78-year-old former police officer from Ohio, died after enjoying a few nights at the Dreams Resort in Punta Cana. He broke before he stopped responding and died after surgery.
April 10, 2019: Robert Bell Wallace, 67, from California, fell ill almost immediately after drinking an alcoholic beverage from his minibar in the room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana. He died in the hospital on April 14.
April 19, 2019 John Corcoran, 70, died of natural causes. Relatives have said he had a pre-existing heart condition, and officials have not released further details.
May 14, 2019: Donette Edge Cannon's family, 38, revealed that she died four days after arriving at the Sunscape Bávaro Beach Punta Cana.
May 25, 2019: Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, from Pennsylvannia, dies within hours of having a drink from the resort's mini-bar across the island at the Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana.
May 25, 2019: Cynthia Day, 49, and Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, of Maryland, check in at the Bahia Principe Hotel, La Romana. They were found dead in their room on May 30.
June 10, 2019: Leyla Cox, 53, from Staten Island, New York, is found dead in her hotel room. Officials say she died of a heart attack, but her son says he's suspicious.
June 13, 2019: New Jersey man Joseph Allen, 55, was found dead in his hotel room at the Terra Linda hotel in Sosua. He was there to celebrate a friend's birthday.
June 17, 2019: Vittorio Caruso, 56, from Glen Cove, New York, died shortly after he reportedly drank something and became seriously ill at the Boca Chica Resort in Santo Domingo.
June 18, 2019: Louisiana wife Susan Simoneaux, 59, in New Orleans after being rushed to the hospital with fluid on her lungs. Her death came a week after she returned from her honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.
June 26, 2019: Khalid Adkins, who had been on vacation with his daughter, was expected to fly back to the US on Sunday, but suffered kidney failure before boarding and had to be rushed to a hospital where he died.
Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, had a history of heart disease, said her husband Daniel Frank Werner, according to a statement from the Grand Bahía Principe hotel.
Donette Edge Cannon, 38, visited the occupied tourist destination to Sunscape Bávaro Beach Punta Cana last year on a family visit to celebrate her brother-in-law's birthday.
Leyla Cox, of New Brighton, died on June 10, just a day after she celebrated her 53rd birthday, her distraught son said, adding that if she didn't go to the popular island, she would live.
Joseph Allen, 55, from Avenel, New Jersey, was found dead in his hotel room at Terra Linda in Sosua on the morning of June 13.
Susan Simoneaux, 59, from Louisiana, died in New Orleans on June 18 after being brought to the hospital with fluid in her lungs. Her death came a week after she returned from her honeymoon in the Dominican Republic.
The Maryland couple Cynthia Day, 49, and Edward Holmes, 63 (both pictured left), stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana hotel when they were found dead on May 30 by the hotel staff. Jerry Curran (photo right), 78, a former officer, died in January while staying at the Dreams Resort in Punta Cana
Donette Edge Cannon, 38, right, died four days after arriving at the Sunscape Bávaro Beach Punta Cana on May 14. Susan Simoneaux & # 39; s death came a week after she returned from her honeymoon in the Dominican Republic. She is pictured on the left
Older deaths have also been raised as suspected by their families.
Chris Palmer, a 41-year-old veteran from the army, and Barbara Diane Maser-Mitchell, a 69-year-old retired nurse from Pennsylvania, both died in the country.
Palmer was found dead in his room at the Villa Cocotal Palma resort in Punta Cana on April 18, 2018.
The Dominican authorities said that Palmer had a lung edema and died as a result of a heart attack, which was mentioned as his official cause of death.
Maser-Mitchell suffered cardiac arrest after leaving the Excellence resort in Punta Cana and died on September 17, 2016.
Yvette Monique Sport died in June 2018. The 51-year-old, from Glenside, Pennsylvania, died after drinking from the minibar in a hotel in Bahia Principe in Punta Cana. Her family said that Sport had the drink, went to sleep and never woke up.
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