Steve Harvey is hosting a festival at a Dominican Republic resort where at least 2 US tourists have died in the last year

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  • The third-annual Steve Harvey Sand and Soul Festival is taking place from October 10 to October 14 at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana.
  • The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana recently made headlines after two families came forward to say their relatives died while staying at the resort within the last year.
  • David Harrison, 45, of Charles County in southern Maryland near Washington, DC, died after falling ill while he was vacationing at resort last July.
  • In April, Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California, died at the same resort. His relatives told Fox News he had fallen ill after having a drink from his hotel room minibar.
  • Harvey’s festival will still be held, and it is unclear if it will refund people who bought tickets but no longer want to travel to the country.
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Steve Harvey is hosting a jazz festival in the Dominican Republic in October at the same resort where at least two US tourists have died in the last year.

The third-annual Steve Harvey Sand and Soul Festival is taking place October 10 to October 14 at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana.

The resort recently made headlines after two families came forward to say their relatives died while staying at the resort within the last year.

Their deaths are part of a larger trend of US tourists mysteriously dying while staying at all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic.

Since last June, at least nine US tourists have died while staying at resorts in the country.

David Harrison, 45, of Charles County in southern Maryland near Washington, DC, died after falling ill while he was vacationing at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino last July.

In April, Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California, died at the same resort.

His relatives told Fox News he had fallen ill after having a drink from his hotel room minibar while staying at the resort for his stepson’s wedding.

Read more: 13 suspicious cases of tourists getting sick, assaulted, and dying in the Dominican Republic in the last year

Tourists have voiced concerns over booking future vacations in the country due to the spate of recent deaths.

Harvey’s festival will still be held, and it is unclear if it will refund people who bought tickets but no longer want to travel to the country.

Representatives for Harvey have not responded to requests for comment on his upcoming festival from INSIDER, though festival officials provided a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino statement saying it was waiting for official reports on the deaths of Harrison and Wallace.

“We can assure you, the safety and health of our guests is now, and has always been our highest priority. We currently implement beverage protocols, including purchasing sealed and unopened products from licensed and reputable vendors, as well as daily inspections of all products served throughout the hotel bars and in-room liquor dispensers. Additionally, our team members are trained to inspect all supplies, equipment and products that enter the property. Of course, we will continue to evaluate and recalibrate our protocols to strengthen and enhance guest safety,” hotel officials said in a statement provided to INSIDER by the Steve Harvey festival team.

Dominican Republic’s tourism minister, Francisco Javier Garcia, told CNN last week that all of the deaths are isolated incidents.

“Investigation into them is a top priority for us and for the National Police. We are asking them to deploy all resources to help provide answers as quickly as possible,” he said.

The tourism industry accounted for more than 17% of the Dominican Republic’s economy in 2017, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council.