0 Shares 40 Views

Dominican Republic resort temporarily closes after woman claims she was beaten there

Aug 14, 2019
0 41

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Dominican Republic resort where a Delaware woman says she was beaten unconscious&nbsp;is temporarily closing&nbsp;due to low occupancy.” data-reactid=”5″>The Dominican Republic resort where a Delaware woman says she was beaten unconscious is temporarily closing due to low occupancy.

Majestic Resorts says it has lost thousands of visitors since stories of American tourists dying or being seriously injured while visiting the island started becoming public earlier this year.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Tammy Lawrence-Daley, a 51-year-old from Wilmington, was one of the first to share her story, doing so via&nbsp;Facebook in May. She posted&nbsp;that she was&nbsp;beaten and strangled multiple times to unconsciousness at Majestic’s Punta Cana resort in January.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”7″>Tammy Lawrence-Daley, a 51-year-old from Wilmington, was one of the first to share her story, doing so via Facebook in May. She posted that she was beaten and strangled multiple times to unconsciousness at Majestic’s Punta Cana resort in January. 

That resort, the Majestic Elegance Punta Cana, announced the temporary closing in a letter to travel agencies. Majestic Resorts said it will close on Aug. 15 with plans to reopen on Nov. 7.

In this undated photo made available by Chris Daley, shows his wife Tammy Lawrence-Daley after an attack at a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in January 2019. Lawrence-Daley made the attack public on social media, detailing a vicious hours-long assault by a man she said was wearing the uniform of an all-inclusive resort.In this undated photo made available by Chris Daley, shows his wife Tammy Lawrence-Daley after an attack at a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in January 2019. Lawrence-Daley made the attack public on social media, detailing a vicious hours-long assault by a man she said was wearing the uniform of an all-inclusive resort.
In this undated photo made available by Chris Daley, shows his wife Tammy Lawrence-Daley after an attack at a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in January 2019. Lawrence-Daley made the attack public on social media, detailing a vicious hours-long assault by a man she said was wearing the uniform of an all-inclusive resort.

“Majestic Resorts is going to offer even more services and more quality than ever before to gain our guests back,” reads the letter, signed by VP of Sales and Marketing Ricardo Espinosa. 

After weeks in the national spotlight, Lawrence-Daley filed a lawsuit against Majestic Resorts in July. She is suing for $3 million to compensate for “permanent, life-changing injuries,” according to her lawyers.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="LAWSUIT: Tammy Lawrence-Daley sues Dominican Republic resort for $3 million” data-reactid=”22″>LAWSUIT: Tammy Lawrence-Daley sues Dominican Republic resort for $3 million

“I think it speaks volumes to the public’s reaction to the resort’s mishandling of this situation,” said Victoria Kurtz, one of the lawyers representing Lawrence-Daley. 

Majestic Resorts did not immediately return a request for comment. 

Occupancy at Majestic Resorts’ three Punta Cana locations was expected to dip below 60% in the second half of August, September and October, according to the letter.

The letter blames “thousands of cancellations” on negative media portrayals of “isolated issues.”

“We have taken this issue as an opportunity to rethink and improve for the future,” the letter reads.

The company said it is closing the resort because it doesn’t want guests to have a sub-par experience in an empty resort.

Guests that have trips booked will be given a room of the same or better quality at the Majestic Mirage Punta Cana. The company intends to make small upgrades while the resort is closed.

This undated selfie taken by Tammy Lawrence-Daley shows her with her husband, Chris Daley. Police in the Dominican Republic are investigating an attack on Lawrence-Daley at a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, in January. Lawrence-Daley made the attack public on social media, detailing a vicious hours-long assault by a man she said was wearing the uniform of an all-inclusive resort.This undated selfie taken by Tammy Lawrence-Daley shows her with her husband, Chris Daley. Police in the Dominican Republic are investigating an attack on Lawrence-Daley at a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, in January. Lawrence-Daley made the attack public on social media, detailing a vicious hours-long assault by a man she said was wearing the uniform of an all-inclusive resort.
This undated selfie taken by Tammy Lawrence-Daley shows her with her husband, Chris Daley. Police in the Dominican Republic are investigating an attack on Lawrence-Daley at a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, in January. Lawrence-Daley made the attack public on social media, detailing a vicious hours-long assault by a man she said was wearing the uniform of an all-inclusive resort.
<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="TRAVEL TIPS:&nbsp;Countries — including the Dominican Republic — you should be cautious traveling to” data-reactid=”43″>TRAVEL TIPS: Countries — including the Dominican Republic — you should be cautious traveling to

Kurtz said the resort has had little contact with her team since the lawsuit was filed. A preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 22.

“It would be ideal to get this settled and move on, but if the resort feels that fighting this is in their best interest we will prove them wrong,” Kurtz said. 

Lawrence-Daley was taken into a closet at the resort and “left for dead in a drainage area” by one or two people she believes were workers at the resort, according to her lawyers. 

“I was kicked in the head, I was beaten with a club,” Lawrence-Daley wrote in her original Facebook post. “And then strangled again for the kill.”

She said she was found eight hours later, only after her husband and friends asked the front desk to search for her three times. 

Lawrence-Daley spent five days in a hospital, where she was treated for multiple abrasions and bruises and had surgery to repair her gum line. She says she is managing several physical ailments including nerve damage and “permanent disfigurement.”

An earlier statement by the resort shed doubt on Lawrence-Daley’s telling of the events saying it was waiting for police to explore contradictions in the “strange and unusual case.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="FULL STATEMENT:&nbsp;Dominican Republic hotel says Delaware woman requested $2.2M before going public with attack” data-reactid=”51″>FULL STATEMENT: Dominican Republic hotel says Delaware woman requested $2.2M before going public with attack

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="At least 10 tourists have died while visiting the Dominican Republic this year but officials say the number of deaths are not alarming and actually lower than in some previous years.” data-reactid=”52″>At least 10 tourists have died while visiting the Dominican Republic this year but officials say the number of deaths are not alarming and actually lower than in some previous years.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Flight bookings between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic for July and August dipped about 85% compared to last year, according to the data firm ForwardKeys. Ticket sales started to rebound in late June.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”53″>Flight bookings between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic for July and August dipped about 85% compared to last year, according to the data firm ForwardKeys. Ticket sales started to rebound in late June

Lawrence-Daley’s complaint is the only known grievance at the Majestic Elegance Punta Cana.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Contact Brandon Holveck at bholveck@delawareonline.com or at (302) 324-2267. Follow on Twitter @holveck_brandon.” data-reactid=”55″>Contact Brandon Holveck at bholveck@delawareonline.com or at (302) 324-2267. Follow on Twitter @holveck_brandon.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="This article originally appeared on Delaware News Journal: Dominican resort where woman says she was beaten closes temporarily” data-reactid=”56″>This article originally appeared on Delaware News Journal: Dominican resort where woman says she was beaten closes temporarily

You may be interested

Entertainment
15 views

CNN Pundit’s Bodyguard Charged with Assault after Removing Reporter Covering Her Speech

Webby - August 20, 2019

CNN pundit April Ryan’s security guard has been charged with assault after he forcibly removed a local New Jersey reporter from an event at which Ryan was…

Animal native to South American rainforests waits outside Florida man’s front door then barges in and repeatedly charges him
Entertainment
15 views
Entertainment
15 views

Animal native to South American rainforests waits outside Florida man’s front door then barges in and repeatedly charges him

Webby - August 20, 2019

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)--sm Mt(0.8em)--sm" type="text" content="An animal native to South America’s rainforests has attacked a man after invading his second-floor&nbsp;Florida&nbsp;apartment." data-reactid="10">An animal native to South…

U.S. removed almost 2.7 million barrels daily of Iranian oil from market: Pompeo
Entertainment
15 views
Entertainment
15 views

U.S. removed almost 2.7 million barrels daily of Iranian oil from market: Pompeo

Webby - August 20, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with with Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in WashingtonMoreWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has removed nearly 2.7 million barrels of…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Most from this category