People are freaking out about traveling to the Dominican Republic, at least that’s been the hysteria on social media lately. Yes, nine people have died, but these deaths occurred within months. The FBI is looking into the issue, but it is not dangerous to travel there, and now Cardi B is speaking up about it.
The Bronx rapper said during an Instagram live video that she doesn’t know what to make of these current headlines, but she can say that the D.R. is a beautiful island.
“What is it that’s happening? I don’t know,” Cardi said in Spanish. “If it’s you know, bad press I don’t know what’s happening, but something is happening. What I do know is that the Dominican Republic is the most beautiful country, and everyone has fun there. Even poor people have fun. So it hurts me a lot when people say ‘that country is bad. That country is this and that. What is happening?”
Cardi B expressing her frustrations over continuous reports is how a lot of Latinos are feeling right now, especially those who travel to D.R. and other Latin American countries. No one wants to hear negative things about a place they love, especially from Americans. Millions of people travel to the U.S. and die too. That doesn’t stop people from coming. Remember that group of Argentinians that came to visit New York City and died in 2017 because of a terrorist attack? Eight people died, six of them were foreign nationals. And, let’s not get into all of the mass shootings, including the one in Las Vegas where 58 people died in a matter of minutes.
The New York Post released a study that shows, “Americans are more likely to die on native soil than in the Dominican Republic.” They add that “For American tourists, the death rate is about 7.04 per every 1,000 people for the last decade through 2018. To compare, the overall death rate back in the U.S. was 8.49 per 1,000.”
The Dominican Republic tourism board has begun using the hashtag #BeFairWithDR. People are also using it to show respect for the island which gives so much to foreign travelers.
More than 41 million tourists have visited the Dominican Republic since 2012.
The largest, fastest growing, tourism destination of the insular Caribbean.
14 million came from the United States of America.#BeFairWithDR
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— Jankarlos Núñez (@Jankarlos2000) June 15, 2019
So now you know the risks. You risk your life at home, going outside, going anywhere, so you’re probably going to be okay if you visit D.R. We’re just saying.