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    It's been awhile. Looks like whatever practices were contributing to the problem have been stopped, at least for the time being, until the scrutiny is directed elsewhere. Also, the media has lost interest in stitching incidents from last year together into a narrative with tenuous links to the more recent cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caonabo View Post
    In the short term yes, due to the factor that many couples/families book in advance. So, you are seeing the results of the short term damage that the negative press inflicted. Things will sort themselves out in due time, and the numbers will return to what is the norm.
    In the mean time, persons that ignored the poo-poo, are enjoying themselves in uncrowded, beautiful locales, at perhaps a significant discount. Bravo to them, and may they enjoy their vacations.
    When I first brought it up, these posts doubted the extent of damage. Perhaps there will be a rebound, however travel opportunities are many and having to reclaim position is difficult in an already very competitive environment. The damage is done, and now those involved need to adjust to a new reality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fernandez View Post
    When I first brought it up, these posts doubted the extent of damage. Perhaps there will be a rebound, however travel opportunities are many and having to reclaim position is difficult in an already very competitive environment. The damage is done, and now those involved need to adjust to a new reality.
    Can you expand upon this new reality of which you speak of?
    Also, do you have statistics that support where tourists decided to vacation in lieu of RD this summer, or did they simply delay their future reservations until the brushfires extinguished themselves?

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    All these tales of woe do not seem to be scaring off the Big Fish. As posted in today's DR1 Travel News - 13 August 2019...…

    An all-inclusive Marriott to open in Punta Cana
    Marriott International announced last week that it plans to open a 650-room all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana in 2022. The new resort falls under the Autograph Collection of Marriott.

    “Our new all-inclusive resort platform is a natural progression for Marriott International,” said Tony Capuano, Marriott’s executive vice president and global chief development officer.

    As reported in a press release on 5 August 2019, Marriott had not seriously competed in that market segment until now. Marriott International, Inc. launches the all-inclusive platform to serve this increasingly popular vacation segment. The lodging, food and other services for a single price model has been a vital element of the Punta Cana destination success.

    Marriott wants in. The company says it is responding to consumers’ growing desire around the world for premium, worry-free vacations.

    For the Punta Cana all-inclusive, Marriott International is working with DIT Hotels, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. “We are thrilled to be developing an all-inclusive Autograph Collection resort in the Dominican Republic in collaboration with Marriott International,” said Mihail Popov, CEO of DIT Hotels. “Working with Marriott International means we have access to its brand, design and business expertise as we develop our resort in Punta Cana," said Popov. He added: "Once we open, we’ll benefit from the company’s operational excellence and base of enthusiastic Marriott Bonvoy members who are always seeking out new experiences.”

    Marriott operates Autograph Collection hotels in Bahamas, Colombia, Costa Rica and Panama in the Caribbean and Latin American region.

    https://autograph-hotels.marriott.com/
    https://news.marriott.com/2019/08/ma...ation-segment/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caonabo View Post
    Can you expand upon this new reality of which you speak of?
    Also, do you have statistics that support where tourists decided to vacation in lieu of RD this summer, or did they simply delay their future reservations until the brushfires extinguished themselves?
    The new reality is whatever you read about it. The international publicity surrounding these deaths and the negative slant on the DR is a swift and powerful variant from that which has preceded these events. I would venture its methodical and intended to damage years of DR tourism development, by whom/what I don't pretend to know. It has been very effective.
    Those who adjust will survive- the others will fail miserably, potentially closing operations until stability of sorts returns. Meanwhile, Mexico and others will benefit handsomely. The stats need not be produced- the effects are more than evident.
    The challenge would be to disprove them.

    https://www.travelandleisure.com/tra...-republic-safe

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    It looks like the negative media has effected the temporary closing of Majestic Elegance.
    https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/20...low-occupancy/

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