Last week, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino decided to remove the liquid dispensers and hope to "give more peace to the guests," said GM Erica Lopez. The decision to remove the dispensations was made independently and not because of the two deaths that occurred at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana, Lopez added.
At least nine US citizens have died during or after stays in Dominican Republic's resorts over the past year, according to state department, family members and resorts concerned.
But officials in the Dominican Republic and the United States have not said that the deaths are linked. A US Secretary of State said on Friday that there has been no unusual increase in reported deaths from the Dominican Republic, and the State Department has not issued a travel warning of travel to the country specific to these deaths.
"It is not true that there has been an avalanche of American tourists dying in our country and it is not true that we have mysterious deaths" Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia told reporters.
Two deaths at Hard Rock Hotel
Two of the deaths occurred at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana.
David Harrison, 45, of Brandywine, Maryland, died in the hotel in July 201
Early the next morning she said he was sweating and could not get up before he died. Local authorities reported the cause of death as a heart attack and pulmonary edema.
Three other tourist deaths occurred at the Grand Bahia Principe resort in La Romana. Samples taken from at least one minibar are being tested by the FBI as part of the agency's collaboration with Dominican Republic authorities, said spokesman Carlos Suero, health minister last week.
Suero added that a comprehensive collection of samples has been taken by Dominican authorities when someone dies in a hotel room. Minibars are tested for bacteria and water from showers and sinks is being investigated, he said.
And about 6.5 million tourists visited the Dominican Republic last year more than any other Caribbean nation, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization. The United States accounted for 2.2 million of the tourists – more than any other country in the region.