Majestic Elegance Punta Cana Closes Due to Low Occupancy Rates
The Majestic Elegance Punta Cana is closing from Aug. 15 to Nov. 7 because of expected low occupancy during that period, Majestic Resorts said in a letter to travel agents.
Majestic said negative news reports about the Dominican Republic have taken a toll on all three of its Punta Cana resorts.
"Thousands of cancellations have come our way for our three resorts in Punta Cana," Majestic Resorts said in the letter. "Despite the cancellations, we were able to maintain 60% occupancy for our resorts during June, July and the first half of August. However, the situation is completely different for the second half of August as well as September and October."
While the Majestic Elegance is closed, the company said it hopes to reach 60% occupancy at the Majestic Colonial Punta Cana and the Majestic Mirage Punta Cana. Majestic said it would upgrade all guests booked at the Majestic Elegance to the same room category or higher at its other two Punta Cana resorts.
The FBI is investigating a string of tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic that have occurred in the past year. Online reports have floated a theory about tainted alcohol being the cause, but Dominican Republic officials have said that the deaths are a coincidence and not outside the usual rate of tourist deaths in the destination. The negative coverage has wounded tourism.
The Majestic Elegance specifically has been in the news because a Delaware woman says she was beaten unconscious at the resort last January. She is suing the resort for $3 million.
Source: Travel Weekly