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WATCH: Mark Murphy Provides Perspective on Traveler Safety in Dominican Republic

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Travelers might be hesitant about visiting the Dominican Republic amid exploding news coverage regarding mysterious tourist deaths in the popular Caribbean destination.

This week, TravelPulse founder Mark Murphy appeared on Fox Business to provide some important perspective for travelers.

“When you look at the map of the island and see that these things happened all around, to conflate that they all are connected is a bit of a stretch, to be frank. So that should give you some comfort,” said Murphy. “Talk to a travel agent who sells this destination regularly and gets personal feedback and back it up with TripAdvisor if you want to validate some of the reviews.”

“But there are people on the ground there today that are having a great vacation.”

The travel expert also shared his own experiences and expressed confidence in returning.

“If 8 million Americans have traveled to the Dominican Republic in the last four years alone, I’d feel pretty confident. I was just there in January. Personally, I would get on a plane with my wife and kids and go there tomorrow because I know the destination and this is too scattered to be some conspiracy,” he added. “This is a huge tourist destination and they handle about 6.5 million travelers a year.”

You can watch Murphy’s appearance on Fox Business in its entirety below:

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New Tool Tracks Travelers’ Perceptions of Safety Throughout Reopening Phase

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MMGY Global has launched a brand new Travel Safety Barometer tool to help the travel and tourism industry monitor American travelers’ perceptions of safety as society gradually reopens in the wake of COVID-19.

Measured on a scale from 0 (extremely unsafe) to 100 (extremely safe) and based on a monthly survey of 1,200 American travelers, Travel Safety Barometer metrics are published for a series of categories, including domestic and international travel, transportation, lodging, cruising, dining and entertainment.

Currently, MMGY Global’s data suggests that domestic leisure travel, which scores just 34, will bounce back before international (22) or even business travel (29).

The recent Travel Intentions Pulse Survey (TIPS) conducted by MMGY Travel Intelligence found that two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) feel safest when traveling by personal vehicle, so it’s little surprise that the Driving Safety Barometer is highest at 72, more than double that of taking a flight (30). Transportation overall scores a 56.

Lodging is much lower at 35, while dining and entertainment are just slightly behind at 33.

With cruise lines temporarily suspending operations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issuing a no-sail order through late-July, MMGY Global’s Cruise Safety Barometer scores the lowest of any category at 18.

PHOTO: International Travel Safety Barometer. (photo courtesy of MMGY Global)

“Travelers’ perceptions of safety are shaped by everything from the latest news headlines and personal experiences to social media. The Travel Safety Barometer will highlight how consumer perceptions of safety evolve as states, countries and travel-related businesses cautiously begin to reopen, allowing the industry to adjust their operational and marketing strategies accordingly to meet consumer needs,” said Chris Davidson, executive vice president of insights and strategy, MMGY Travel Intelligence, in a statement accompanying Thursday’s announcement.

“There is much work to be done by the industry to put in place measures to protect the public’s health and well-being,” added Davidson. “Once this is accomplished, the next challenge becomes how will destinations, hotels, airlines, cruises and other travel businesses provide peace of mind to travelers who perceive them to be unsafe.”

Visit MMGYIntel.com to download the full report.

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